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WOODS’ SIL­VER FLEET Book the Sil­ver Dar­ling to get you around town or from A to B via the Thames. A luxe of­fer­ing of mini bar, snacks and stylish in­te­ri­ors. View Lon­don from the wa­ter and feel the wind in your hair. sil­ver­fleet.co.uk/sil­ver-dar­ling

SIR JOHN SOANE’S MU­SEUM Lo­cated in the house where ar­chi­tect Sir John Soane, who died some 180 years ago, once lived. The house is well cu­rated and clev­erly de­signed to show­case his paint­ings, plas­ter casts and Egyp­tian an­tiq­ui­ties. His in­ven­tive ar­chi­tec­ture is ev­i­dent with pull­out walls for paint­ings, curved rooms within rooms to house book­cases, and sky­lights to ad­mit nat­u­ral light. soane.org

SOM­ER­SET HOUSE Not far from Soane’s is the cre­ative hub of Som­er­set House, hous­ing hun­dreds of cre­atives and host­ing art in­stal­la­tions, ex­hi­bi­tions, and an ice-skat­ing rink in win­ter. som­er­set­house.org.uk

DEN­NIS SEV­ERS’ HOUSE Artist Den­nis Sev­ers has reimag­ined the 18th­cen­tury life of a family of Huguenot silk weavers in an orig­i­nal Spi­tal­fields town­house. An in­ter­ac­tive world of imag­i­na­tion. den­nis­sev­er­shouse.co.uk

THE NAT­U­RAL HIS­TORY MU­SEUM As a huge fan of David At­ten­bor­ough, I like to walk through these halls with a run­ning com­men­tary of his voice in my mind. Not only does it house around 80 mil­lion nat­u­ral his­tory-re­lated items, but the build­ing and intricate stone carv­ings are worth a look. nhm.ac.uk

V&A This is the place for dec­o­ra­tive arts and de­sign. There is al­ways some­thing in­ter­est­ing on, you can lose your­self in its many cham­bers and, dur­ing De­sign Week, there are some fab­u­lous site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tions. vam.ac.uk CHELSEA PHYSIC GAR­DEN After hit­ting the an­tiques and in­te­ri­ors stores of Pim­lico Road and pick­ing up some lunch from Dayles­ford Or­ganic, head to Lon­don’s old­est medic­i­nal gar­den, es­tab­lished in 1673. It con­tin­ues to ed­u­cate and in­spire with more than 5000 spec­i­mens of plants. chelsea­physic­gar­den.co.uk

THE BAR­BICAN View Bru­tal­ist ar­chi­tec­ture at its best while tak­ing in a film, art ex­hi­bi­tion or the­atre pro­duc­tion. bar­bican.org.uk

HAM YARD HO­TEL Even if you’re not stay­ing at Kit Kemp’s mag­i­cal, colour­ful, pat­terned ho­tel, it’s worth a look, firstly at the amaz­ing rooftop gar­den with its own hawk and bee hives, the per­fect spot for a pri­vate soiree, as well as the won­der­land base­ment with the 1950s bowl­ing al­ley. Fun and fri­vol­ity at its best. fir­m­dale­ho­tels.com

KEW GAR­DENS I get ex­cited about vis­it­ing the John Paw­son-de­signed Sack­ler Cross­ing, the glasshouses, and the Mar­i­anne North Gallery, a homage to her botan­i­cal il­lus­tra­tions that line the walls. kew.org

THE LON­DON EDI­TION Ho­tel guru Ian Schrager has painstak­ingly re­stored these ma­jes­tic c1835 build­ings. Worth a peek into the restau­rant with its framed art in­stal­la­tion and the most ex­trav­a­gant cor­nices ever made. edi­tion­ho­tels.com/lon­don

SOHO FARM­HOUSE, COTSWOLDS The best way to ease into your trav­els is to whiz out to Soho Farm­house in Ox­ford­shire for a cou­ple of days. It’s a pri­vate mem­bers’ club but you can stay be­tween Sun­day and Thurs­day with­out a badge. so­ho­house.com


LACALITA Real-deal Mex­i­can food that doesn’t take it­self too se­ri­ously. laca­long­time.com

MOANA Poly­ne­sianstyle fresh fish joint with cool is­land vibe. Jl Raya Batu Bo­long No.28

BOT­TEGA ITALIANA Au­then­tic mini gro­cer for ca­sual-quick deli meals. bot­te­gaital­ian­a­bali.com

SALUME­RIA Gourmet gro­cery and din­ing for spun­tini and Ne­gro­nis. salume­ria.asia

This page, from left Es­cape to the coun­try and stay at Soho Farm­house in Ox­ford­shire to re­ju­ve­nate. Savour sea­sonal fare at the Petersham Nurs­eries Cafe in Rich­mond, then browse in the shop and wan­der around the gar­dens.



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