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STAY Check in to the London NYC, a swank mid­town bou­tique ho­tel where the roomy suites are bathed in cool greige and cream tones and fea­ture luxe up­grades like shim­mer­ing gun­metal sheets. The bath­rooms are so ex­pan­sive and white that you’ll never leave a di­a­mond stud be­hind again. And rather than em­ploy some cheesy an­glophilia to rep­re­sent its name (no silent Queen’s Guards here), the ho­tel has adopted a few Bri­tish de­lights: Gor­don Ram­say’s Maze resto is nes­tled into its first floor (try the Beef Wellington for two), the cus­tomer ser­vice is el­e­gant and prompt and they make a mean cup of tea. HANG OUT The James Beard Foun­da­tion just named Brit April Bloom­field the best chef in New York City. Check out her West Vil­lage gas­tropub, the Spot­ted Pig, where you can lis­ten for cock­ney ac­cents while nosh­ing on clas­sic pub snacks like chick­en­liver toast, devils on horse­back and roll­mops. SHOP Head to Madi­son Av­enue to hit up some of the Duchess of Cam­bridge’s fave Brit brands: the Alexan­der McQueen flag­ship for a fancy frock and L.K. Ben­nett for clas­sic pumps.

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