Old Lon­don town of­fers vis­i­tors some­thing new.

The cap­i­tal of cool that con­tin­ues to evolve

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As far as global cities go, Lon­don is al­ways on the move. From new open­ings to clan­des­tine trea­sures, each visit un­earths some­thing fresh whether it’s your first or 50th time here. Ex­pe­ri­ence the best of the city cen­tre, or veer slightly off the beaten track for some re­ward­ing sur­prises.


Fancy glid­ing through May­fair in a vin­tage Daim­ler with a top-hat­ted chauf­feur? Stay at The Beau­mont and you can ar­range ex­actly that. Tucked away down a side street in Lon­don’s swanki­est neigh­bour­hood, this five-star bou­tique bolt­hole is a lesser-known Art Deco gem drip­ping with g glam­our and dis­cre­tion.


The lat­est flag­ship from Soho House is a hip ho­tel, fancy food court and mall for the mon­eyed – all rolled into one. The Ned (thened.com) is housed in a for­mer bank build­ing in the heart of Lon­don, with nine restau­rants nes­tled among 92 green mar­ble col­umns and clerk coun­ters. Even on a Mon­day night, it’s buzzing.


In cul­ture-packed Lon­don, treat­ing your senses costs noth­ing ex­cept time. Browse through Spi­tal­fields, Bor­ough and Por­to­bello mar­kets and stop to smell the roses (lit­er­ally) at Columbia Road Flower Mar­ket.

Al­ter­na­tively, with the MU­SEUM keep it TRIO com­pact in Kens­ing­ton. The Vic­to­ria and Al­bert, Na­tional His­tory and Sci­ence mu­se­ums are all free and within a block of one an­other.

Find some soli­tary space in a park-within-a-park at the Ja­panese-style KY­OTO GAR­DEN. This serene spot is wrapped within Hol­land Park and even comes with pea­cocks.

After­wards head to THE ROOFTOP, Lon­don’s new­est open-air bar at The Trafal­gar St James, and sight­see from your seat with panoramic city views. Cock­tails from $26; trafal­gar­st­james.com.

THE BEAU­MONT is one of the best po­si­tioned lux­ury ho­tels in Lon­don – Sel­fridges is just 200 me­tres away. From $709 per night; the­beau­mont.com.

fe­male tai­lor on Sav­ile Row) and dine at the Ja­panese/brazil­ian SUSHISAMBA. The Willy Wonka-es­que glass el­e­va­tor alone is worth the $350-plus bill for two;...

Perch on a stool at the long KAIA for de­li­cious poke bowls, and watch emerg­ing mu­si­cians on The Nickel Bar stage.

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