Dec 1, 2011

ORIGINAL. LONDON


City guide: www.visitlondon.com

WINTER GUIDE:
1. ice skating at Somerset House
2. a big Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square and lights and decorations on Oxford St and near-by
3. fireworks at Guy Fawkes Night in Lewes (near Brighton ) on Nov 5.
4. The Temporium: A designer focused pop - up stores from Dec 1-24, 2011.
Web: http://www.dezeen.com/thetemporium/
5. The Long Table: running from Nov 25th - til Christmas on every Friday, it is an outdoor night market compromised of fine street food and also including live music and a bar scene. It takes place in a secretive space on Abbott Street.
Info: 6pm-1am, 25th November & 2nd/9th/16th/23rd December 2011l; London  E8 3DP
Web: http://thelongtable.net
6. Winter Wonderland festivities at Hyde Park
Web: www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

LODGING
pubs with accommodations: http://www.pubs.com/main_site/pub_accommodation.php

St. John Hotel: centrally located in Leicester Square. Rate starting at £200 per night. Make sure to check out their restaurant as well.
Web: http://www.stjohnhotellondon.com/hotel/

Shoreditch House: located east of London in Shoreditch neighborhood. Rate starting at £75 per night 
Web: www.shoreditchhouse.com

Town Hall Hotel Apartments: located East End of London in Patriot Square.
Web: http://townhallhotel.com/index.php/home

Dean Street Townhouse: located in Soho. Rates ranging from £95-£295 
Web: www.deanstreettownhouse.com

The Zetter Townhouse: 13 room Georgian townhouse in St. John's Square. Stop by at their great bar
Web: www.thezettertownhouse.com

The Boundry: located in hip Shoreditch neighborhood.
Web: http://www.theboundary.co.uk/rooms/bedrooms/

The Hempel Hotel: 5 Star luxury boutique hotel.
Web: www.the-hempel.co.uk

The Mandeville Hotel: a fashionable yet eclectic boutique hotel in Marylebone Village. Great location.
Web: www.mandeville.co.uk

The Pelham Hotel: a contemporary classic hotel that has been decorated with country estate furnishings. Located in Kensington Neighborhood.
Web: www.pelhamhotel.co.uk

Hoxton Hotel
Web: www.hoxtonhotels.com

Malmaison Hotel
Web: http://www.malmaison.com/hotels/london/london-mal.aspx

Fox and Anchor: This is actually a pub, but directly upstairs, there are 6 customized suites for rent. Located in the heart of Clerkenwell. A great location!
Web: http://www.foxandanchor.com/promotions/weekend-special

Rough Lux Hotel: refine furnishings contrasted from the rough bare wall aesthetics is the theme of this unique Georgian townhouse hotel. Located a minutes from Kings Cross Station.

street art festival, Moniker Art Fair in Shoreditch 

photo © Geoff Hargadon


EATS
* Web: www.thelondonfoodie.co.uk
www.londonrestaurantfestival.com

Deptford Cafe: a train carriage which has been renovated into a cute cafe serving home made cakes, fair traded coffee, and salads. Located east of London in Deptford.
Web: http://thedeptfordproject.com

Canteen: serving modern British food. There are multiple locations.
Web: www.canteen.co.uk

Tom's Kitchen at Somerset House: located in Chelsea serving sophisticated yet comfy British food. They have a beautiful terrace overlooking the spectacular view of River Thames.
Web: www.tomskitchen.co.uk

Dock Kitchen: housed in Portobello Dock in Wharf Building. It's open during lunch hours and themed Supper Club Events taking place on Thurs, Fri, and Saturdays from 8pm.
Web:  http://www.themoveablekitchen.co.uk/index.html

La Fromagerie: a shop that specializes in regional cheese and other international selection as well. There is a small restaurant.
Web: www.lafromagerie.co.uk

Made in Camden: a dining room and bar housed in the venue, Roundhouse, serving up some great affordable food in this touristy part of town in Camden
Web: http://www.madeincamden.com/MiCv2/content/index.php

Barbecoa: a joint venture between one of the most recognizable chefs in England, Jaime Oliver, and a New York chef, Adam Lang. They specialize in dishes cooked in world's traditional cooking methods like the techniques of tandoori, wood pits, and smoking.  Reservation is a must! Located near St. Paul Cathedral.
Web: www.barbecoa.com

Hereford Road: simple yet robust British menu. A must stop for the adventurous eaters.
Web: http://www.herefordroad.org

Trullo: serving super duper wonderful Italian cuisine at extremely affordable prices.
Web: www.trullorestaurant.com

Pizza East: set in an industrial warehouse building in the ground floor of The Tea Building in Shoreditch Neighborhood and serving up great pizza and antipasti.
Web: www.pizzaeast.com

Inamo Restaurant: a modern Asian fusion restaurant and bar with featuring virtual menus in the form of table top projections. Located in Soho district.
Web: www.inamo-restaurant.com

Hix Oyster and Chop House:  www.hixoysterandchophouse.co.uk
Hix Restaurant in Sohowww.hixsoho.co.uk

Brawn: serving casual French food in this laid back yet trendy cafe.
Web: www.brawn.co
* check out their sister restaurant, Terroirswww.terroirswinebar.com

Brunswick House Cafe:  eclectically decorated with antique chandeliers, paintings and furnishings.  Serving great British affairs in Soho Neighborhood.
Web: http://brunswickhousecafe.co.uk

Caravan: restaurant (brunch on the weekends), bar and coffee roastery in Farringdon’s Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, Islington.
Web: www.caravanonexmouth.co.uk

The Punch Bowl:
Web: www.punchbowllondon.com

Scott's: fine dining restaurant offering the freshest oysters, fish and others.
Web: www.scotts-restaurant.com

Zuma: sophisticated twist to traditional Japanese food
Web: www.zumarestaurant.com

Wolseley: serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner at this ubber trendy restaurant.
Web: www.thewolseley.com



PUBS
Traditional independent pubs: http://www.pubs.com/index.php

The Cow Pub: in Notting Hill
Web: www.thecowlondon.co.uk

Fox and Anchor: the locals' choice of gastro pub for unfussy British affairs with modern twist. Located discreetly at Charterhouse Square in Clerkenwell.
Web: http://www.foxandanchor.com/food-and-drink

The Anchor and Hope: a gastropub serving great traditional British food.
Info: 36 The Cut, London SE1 8LP .  +44 (0) 20 7928 9898
Review and map: http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/the-anchor-and-hope-london

The Hampshire Hog Pub: serving great modern comfort food.
Web: www.thehampshirehog.com

The Wells Tavern: affordable and serves great food.
Web: www.thewellshampstead.co.uk

The Clifton Pub: tucked away at St. John's Wood in Clifton Neighborhood and has a lovely beer garden.
Web:http://cliftonstjohnswood.com

Flask Pub: 18th century pub in far north part of London in Highgate.
Web: http://www.pubs.com/main_site/pub_details.php?pub_id=82

Great Queen Street: located in Covent Garden
Info and map: http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/great-queen-street-london

The Grenadier
Info and map: http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/the-grenadier-london

DRINKS 
* Discounts at various clubs: http://beta.clubora.com/
* Map: http://www.eatdrink-london.com/drinking/simply-coctktail-bars/

The Double Club: A complex divided among a disco, restaurant, and open court bar.
Web: www.thedoubleclub.co.uk

Night Jar: A speakeasy inspired jazz bar on the fringes of Shoreditch neighborhood. Look out for the black entrance door.
Web: www.barnightjar.com

69 Colebrooke Row: a small and intimate mixologist lab and bar serving uniquely blended cocktails. Reserve ahead. Located in Islington.
Web: www.69colebrookerow.com

Paramount: cool bar and restaurant perched on the 31st floor of Centre Point skyscraper building.  Has a great view of the city.
Web: www.paramount.uk.net

Fabric Night Club: underground sounds of techno and other electro beats all night long til 3am. Showcases international talents on Saturdays.
Web: www.fabriclondon.com

Mark's: sophtisticated cocktail bar open til 1am.
Web: www.marksbar.co.uk

Callooh Callay: cocktail bar in Shoreditch hidden in unassuming alley's cobbled street. Find the hidden staircase leading upstairs and you'll discover another amazing bar, Jub Jub ( open to non-members before 9pm if you've got booking. Operational from Thurs to Saturday only ).
Web: www.calloohcallaybar.com

Worship Street Whistling Shop: Victorian era gin palaces inspired bar in Shoreditch.
Web: www.whistlingshop.com

Purl: A speak easy themed bar with dimmed lighting and relaxing ambiance in the heart of Marylebone.
Web: www.purl-london.com

Merah: sophisticated nightclub. Open Thurs - Saturday from 22:00 - 4:00. £20 for non members.
Web: www.merahclub.com

THE BOX:  burlesque cabaret bar with theatrics.
Web: www.theboxsoho.com
Review: http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/clubs/the-box-review-68469.html

Whisky Mist Club: pretentious club with all the glam and prices to go with it at Hilton Hotel
Web: http://www.whiskymist.com/london/
Review and map: http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/whisky-mist-london

The Valmont Club: a classy loungy club in the fashionable district of Chelsea.  This club is mainly open to their members, but they do make exceptions within their guideline for those making a reservation.
Web: www.thevalmontclub.com

The Alib Club: a bit of a dive yet has an amazing soundsystem with great music and vibe.
Web: www.thealibilondon.co.uk
Review and map: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-alibi-london#query:club

Primrose Hill Neighborhood (north of Regent's Park)

SHOPS

John Sandoe Bookshop: an independent bookshop opened in 1957 and continues to be popular with regular patrons.
Web: www.johnsandoe.com

Rare Tea Company: if there's one thing that the British takes very seriously is their daily afternoon tea. Their tea can be found at various shops, restaurants, cafes, etc.
Web: http://www.rareteacompany.com/stockists/shops/

Pokit: modern clothing tailor shop
Web: www.pokit.co.uk

Just A Second: antiques and other unusual beautiful finds in Southfield District.
Web: www.just-a-second.co.uk

Farmer's Marketwww.lfm.org.uk

Borough Market: the oldest food market in London with numerous food stalls and organic and fresh from the farm produces and other goods.
Web: www.boroughmarket.org.uk

Skandium: Swedish designer housewares, textiles, lighting, furniture, and accessories.
Web: www.skandium.com

Tracy Neuls: unique shoes designed by T. Neuls
Web: http://www.tn29.com/shop.php

V&A Reading Room: read and drink wine before purchasing. Near South Kensington Station. They also operate Victoria and Albert Museum of Art and Designwww.vam.ac.uk
Web: www.vandareadingrooms.co.uk

Alfie's Antique Market: the ultimate place to shop for antiques and collectibles in Marylebone.
Web: http://alfiesantiques.com

Twenty Twenty One: modern designer furniture, housewares, and fun accessories store in Islington.
Web: www.twentytwentyone.com

Tom Dixon Shop: unique designer furnishings and lighting in Wharf Building at Portobello Dock.
Web: http://www.tomdixon.net/shops/london/

Covent Garden Market: houses restaurants, hotels, boutiques, food stalls etc..
Info: http://www.yelp.com/biz/covent-garden-market-london-2
Web: www.coventgardenlondonuk.com

Brick Lane and Market: an outdoor market located in Shoreditch. It's a popular locals' market for some vintage shopping, eating curry and bagels on Sundays from 8am - 2pm
Info and map:
http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/brick-lane-and-market-london#query:Brick%20Lane%20shopping

Laden Showroom: a great place to shop for affordable special pieces created by independent designers to add to your wardrobe. located in Shoreditch.
Info and map:http://www.yelp.com/biz/laden-showroom-london
Web: www.laden.co.uk

Beyond Retro: the best place for vintage shopping. located in Shoreditch.
Info and map: http://www.yelp.com/biz/beyond-retro-london#query:about%20beyond%20retro

Les Couilles du Chien: Beautiful antiques and vintages but pricey.
Web: www.lescouillesduchien.com


PARKS
The Regent's Park:
Info and map:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-regents-park-london#query:london%20restaurant%20festival

Victoria Park
Info: http://www.yelp.com/biz/victoria-park-london-2
* Pavilion Cafe
http://www.thelondonfoodie.co.uk/search/label/London%27s%20Best%20Outdoor%20Eating
* home of the Lovebox Music Festival: www.lovebox.net

Hyde Park
Info: http://www.yelp.com/biz/hyde-park-london
Web: http://www.royalparks.gov.uk/Hyde-Park.aspx

Hampstead Health: located just north of Parliament Hill
Info: http://www.yelp.com/biz/covent-garden-market-london-2
Web: www.hampsteadheath.net

Photos
http://kapphotos.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/primrose-hill/prim-blog-4/
http://leunginlondon-leunginlondon.blogspot.com/2011/04/borough-market-london.html
http://www.inetours.com/England/London/pages/London_Map.htm?

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