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.
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
6. Winter Wonderland festivities at Hyde Park
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.
Shoreditch House: located east of London in Shoreditch neighborhood. Rate starting at £75 per night
Town Hall Hotel Apartments: located East End of London in Patriot Square.
Dean Street Townhouse: located in Soho. Rates ranging from £95-£295
The Zetter Townhouse: 13 room Georgian townhouse in St. John's Square. Stop by at their great bar
The Boundry: located in hip Shoreditch neighborhood.
The Hempel Hotel: 5 Star luxury boutique hotel.
The Mandeville Hotel: a fashionable yet eclectic boutique hotel in Marylebone Village. Great location.
The Pelham Hotel: a contemporary classic hotel that has been decorated with country estate furnishings. Located in Kensington Neighborhood.
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!
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
* Web: www.thelondonfoodie.co.uk
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.
Canteen: serving modern British food. There are multiple locations.
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.
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.
La Fromagerie: a shop that specializes in regional cheese and other international selection as well. There is a small restaurant.
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
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.
Hereford Road: simple yet robust British menu. A must stop for the adventurous eaters.
Trullo: serving super duper wonderful Italian cuisine at extremely affordable prices.
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.
Inamo Restaurant: a modern Asian fusion restaurant and bar with featuring virtual menus in the form of table top projections. Located in Soho district.
Hix Oyster and Chop House: www.hixoysterandchophouse.co.uk
Hix Restaurant in Soho: www.hixsoho.co.uk
Brawn: serving casual French food in this laid back yet trendy cafe.
* check out their sister restaurant, Terroirs: www.terroirswinebar.com
Brunswick House Cafe: eclectically decorated with antique chandeliers, paintings and furnishings. Serving great British affairs in Soho Neighborhood.
Caravan: restaurant (brunch on the weekends), bar and coffee roastery in Farringdon’s Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, Islington.
The Punch Bowl:
Scott's: fine dining restaurant offering the freshest oysters, fish and others.
Zuma: sophisticated twist to traditional Japanese food
Wolseley: serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner at this ubber trendy restaurant.
Traditional independent pubs: http://www.pubs.com/index.php
The Cow Pub: in Notting Hill
Fox and Anchor: the locals' choice of gastro pub for unfussy British affairs with modern twist. Located discreetly at Charterhouse Square in Clerkenwell.
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.
The Wells Tavern: affordable and serves great food.
The Clifton Pub: tucked away at St. John's Wood in Clifton Neighborhood and has a lovely beer garden.
Flask Pub: 18th century pub in far north part of London in Highgate.
Great Queen Street: located in Covent Garden
Info and map: http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/great-queen-street-london
Info and map: http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/the-grenadier-london
* 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.
Night Jar: A speakeasy inspired jazz bar on the fringes of Shoreditch neighborhood. Look out for the black entrance door.
69 Colebrooke Row: a small and intimate mixologist lab and bar serving uniquely blended cocktails. Reserve ahead. Located in Islington.
Paramount: cool bar and restaurant perched on the 31st floor of Centre Point skyscraper building. Has a great view of the city.
Fabric Night Club: underground sounds of techno and other electro beats all night long til 3am. Showcases international talents on Saturdays.
Mark's: sophtisticated cocktail bar open til 1am.
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 ).
Worship Street Whistling Shop: Victorian era gin palaces inspired bar in Shoreditch.
Purl: A speak easy themed bar with dimmed lighting and relaxing ambiance in the heart of Marylebone.
Merah: sophisticated nightclub. Open Thurs - Saturday from 22:00 - 4:00. £20 for non members.
THE BOX: burlesque cabaret bar with theatrics.
Whisky Mist Club: pretentious club with all the glam and prices to go with it at Hilton Hotel
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.
The Alib Club: a bit of a dive yet has an amazing soundsystem with great music and vibe.
Review and map: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-alibi-london#query:club
Primrose Hill Neighborhood (north of Regent's Park)
John Sandoe Bookshop: an independent bookshop opened in 1957 and continues to be popular with regular patrons.
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.
Pokit: modern clothing tailor shop
Just A Second: antiques and other unusual beautiful finds in Southfield District.
Farmer's Market: www.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.
Skandium: Swedish designer housewares, textiles, lighting, furniture, and accessories.
Tracy Neuls: unique shoes designed by T. Neuls
V&A Reading Room: read and drink wine before purchasing. Near South Kensington Station. They also operate Victoria and Albert Museum of Art and Design: www.vam.ac.uk
Alfie's Antique Market: the ultimate place to shop for antiques and collectibles in Marylebone.
Twenty Twenty One: modern designer furniture, housewares, and fun accessories store in Islington.
Tom Dixon Shop: unique designer furnishings and lighting in Wharf Building at Portobello Dock.
Covent Garden Market: houses restaurants, hotels, boutiques, food stalls etc..
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:
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
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.
The Regent's Park:
Info and map:
* Pavilion Cafe
* home of the Lovebox Music Festival: www.lovebox.net
Hampstead Health: located just north of Parliament Hill