ELLE Escapes: London

A visit to London could conjure two totally different and considerably competing trip fantasies: the primary, a extra royal-inspired imaginative and prescient, with fancy tea events, procuring at Selfridges, and photographs outdoors Kensington Palace, and the second considerably grungier, stuffed with smokey Camden bars and vinyl procuring in Soho. Why not do each? For ELLE Escapes, we compiled a few of our favourite spots for taking advantage of your journey throughout the pond. London’s calling—right here’s the place to eat, drink, keep, and store whenever you reply.

What to See


ABBA Voyage

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Johan Persson

In 2000, Swedish supergroup ABBA famously turned down $1 billion to get again collectively. Now, due to the arrival of expertise, you may see them reunited…kind of. ABBA Voyage is a first-of-its-kind dwell present that includes members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad performing digitally with a dwell 10-piece band at their very own eponymous ABBA Area at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. That is fairly actually an expertise like no different.

Hyde Park

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There’s a motive London’s Hyde Park is all the time on the listing of prime spots to hit up. Significantly in the summertime when the rain tends to loosen up, the 350-acre royal park is ideal for a picnic or a stroll with a to-go tea. If it’s ok for Kate Middleton, it’s ok for any vacationer.

Annie’s Ibiza

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Annie’s Ibiza

Annie’s Ibiza is the proper spot to hit up for a last-minute going-out costume that you just’ll find yourself sporting many times. The store sells luxurious clothes and accessories from new and rising designers alongside classic items.

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The place to Eat


The Tea Lounge at The Biltmore Mayfair

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Courtesy The Biltmore Mayfair London

For those who’re in search of the standard Afternoon Tea expertise, The Biltmore Mayfair’s very personal Tea Lounge is your finest wager. With a menu designed by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, there’s all the things from tea sandwiches to scones and sweets (tarts, sponge cake…you title it). Spring for the choice that comes with a glass of champagne for an additional 15 kilos. You deserve it.

The Wolseley

the wolesley

The Wolesley

In relation to British restaurant tradition, it doesn’t get extra iconic than The Wolseley. Positioned on Piccadilly, the stately interiors date again to the Nineteen Twenties when the constructing was a luxe automotive showroom for the now-defunct Wolseley Motors, after which a financial institution after that. Greater than only a pretty place to take a seat, it boasts an expansive breakfast menu, together with the proper stack of pancakes topped with berries.

The Grill at The Dorchester

the grill at the dorchester

Courtesy The Dorchester

Your culinary expertise isn’t full and not using a Sunday Roast. For that and an entire lot extra, attempt The Grill at The Dorchester, a landmark restaurant that first opened its doorways in 1931. Count on fashionable takes on traditional fare—together with however not restricted to a carving trolley. (We’re salivating too.)

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The place to Drink


Chiltern Firehouse

chiltern firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse

Housed in a literal hearth station, the bar on the Chiltern Firehouse seems like in case your plant-obsessed, cottagecore-vibe buddy invited you over to her Williamsburg loft—however like, in a great way. The ethereal area boasts floor-to-ceiling home windows, tons of greenery, and comfortable floral couches excellent for tea or cocktails—your alternative. If you wish to proceed the get together, attempt schmoozing your means into the Ladder Shed bar within the again for after-hours revelry.

Mercato Metropolitano Mayfair

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Mercato Metripolitano

In-built a former church (with an altar, stained glass, and all), this sustainable group market gives stands with meals from everywhere in the world, however the true draw is the Jim and Tonic gin bar, the place gin distilled on-site is the bottom of each scrumptious cocktail you may consider.

Tonight Josephine

tonight josephine

Tonight Josephine

It’s not a wild night time out in London in the event you don’t in some way, in some unspecified time in the future, find yourself in Shoreditch, and Tonight Josephine is ideal for maximalists in search of an Instagrammable spot to finish their night time. The décor may be very harking back to early-aughts membership life, with a lot of scorching pink, neon indicators and—in fact—a photograph sales space.

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The place to Keep


The Londoner

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Andrew Beasley Pictures

The Londoner is a tranquil haven on the nook of the town’s iconic Leicester Sq.–a pedestrian hub stuffed with all of the leisure and procuring you may dream of. Evidently, on the finish of an extended day, you’ll need a peaceable place to relaxation. We propose you get cozy in one of many lodge’s loft-inspired rooms and seize a chew at Whitcomb’s, one in all six bars and eateries at The Londoner. The French Mediterranean delicacies and world-class wine listing don’t disappoint. Bonus for the foodies: The Londoner isn’t too removed from The MAINE Mayfair (reserve a desk on the terrace, you received’t remorse it!) and high-end Italian spot Sparrow Italia.

The Beaumont

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The Beaumont

In relation to location, The Beaumont is unmatched. Nestled on a quiet residential road in Mayfair, the five-star boutique lodge is steps from a few of the finest procuring within the space, together with Selfridges (and Market Mercado, whenever you’re within the temper for a post-shopping cocktail). The lodge harkens again to a special period with a comfortable bar, a scrumptious restaurant, and elegantly-appointed rooms with views overlooking Brown Hart Gardens.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

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Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriential Hyde Park was given a refresh by designer Joyce Wang, and the interiors are a few of the most stunning you’ll see at a lodge in London. With Artwork Deco finishings and considerate facilities like yoga mats and a GHD hair straightener, company will really feel proper at dwelling.

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Magnificence Picks


Posh Lipstick
Victoria Beckham Magnificence Posh Lipstick

Mimic the pout of Posh Spice herself with these sheer lipsticks created by the one and solely Victoria Beckham. They’re simple and low upkeep, however add a pop of shade to any outfit.

Anti-Pollution Drops
Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Air pollution Drops

Metropolis life may be soiled…however that doesn’t imply we’ve to let it have an effect on our pores and skin. These anti-pollution drops imply you don’t have to fret about blackheads when you’re sipping beer in a smoke-filled pub.

Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eye Liner Pencil
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London is notoriously wet, however this waterproof eyeliner received’t budge an inch. It’s excellent for the waterline to create that grungy, punk rock look.

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