The es­sen­tials

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Pocket Guide -

Book a tour: Make My Day cu­rates unique days out in ci­ties around the globe (make­my­day.travel), in­clud­ing Un­seen Tours’ guided walks (£12) of Lon­don’s Cam­den, Brick Lane, Covent Gar­den ( left), Shored­itch, Lon­don Bridge and Soho. Try also Cou­tours’ (cou­tours.co.uk) ‘se­cret’ food and his­tory walks, which visit hid­den sites across the cap­i­tal.

A hid­den bite: Be­hind a dis­creet jade door marked by a tiny brass plaque in Chi­na­town lies Opium (opi­um­chi­na­town.com), a for­mer il­le­gal gam­bling den turned uber­hip dim sum and cock­tail joint.

A sneaky tip­ple: In Earl’s Court, Evans & Peel De­tec­tive Agency takes its speakeasy shtick se­ri­ously – to gain en­try, book a ‘case’ via the web­site (evansand­peel.com), then buzz to be es­corted in via a door/ book­case. Mean­while, the Dis­count Suit Com­pany in Spi­tal­fields looks like a tai­lors from the out­side (and it once was), but the cock­tails now of­fered in­side its can­dlelit bar are bliss (dis­countsuit­com­pany.co.uk).

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