LONDON CALLING | GUIDE TO OUR FAVOURITE CITY
As London Fashion Week kicks off we’ve put together a guide to the best places to sleep, eat, drink and dance in our favourite city.
SLEEP: Ham Yard Hotel
In the midst of Soho and moments from Mayfair, Ham Yard Hotel is a light-filled, spacious new build with an urban village feel. Ham Yard is a modern interpretation of a Soho court, designed was a walk-through. The hotel is a U-shaped enclave that includes 91 bedrooms, apartments and shops. It is curved around a courtyard with a garden filled with mature oak trees and verdant roof vegetable garden, and a dramatic bronze sculpture by the Turner Prize-winning artist Tony Cragg. Ham Yard is flooded with light, there is a magical fourth-floor roof terrace – with olive trees, lavender and vegetable beds – and hotelier Kit Kemp’s talent for designing interiors that last, work in all seasons and look cosy always means great textiles and art. Make sure to mote the mesmerising 135-dial digital clock and a wall of backlit Martha Freud pots in the restaurant.
Down a flight of stairs is a gallery that overlooks the double-height Dive Bar – characterised by a neon diver lighting up a wall – a place specifically designed for special events, alongside a state-of-the-art theatre seating 188. Then there is the peaceful marble-and-wood retreat of the Soholistic Spa, with its shell mirrors and mesmeric floral art by Glaswegian Jack Milroy, and the hypoxic gym (for altitude training). From here you can go down again, to the Croc bowling alley, the alley itself transported from Texas, walls adorned with massive Howard Hodgkin paintings.
EAT: The Ned
Eight restaurants sit amidst The Ned’s historic 3,000 square metre former banking hall, serving food from around the world. Each restaurant has its own distinct space within the banking hall, separated by 92 verdite columns and rows of Grade I-listed walnut banking counters and the menus are refreshed weekly. Cecconi’s is an all-day Venetian brasserie serving Northern Italian dishes in a classic setting. A British restaurant and bar Millie’s Lounge serves classic dishes alongside a selection of English sparkling wines, craft ales and seasonal cocktails and Cafe Sou is a Parisian-style cafe serving coffee, breakfast, lunch and evening charcuterie boards alongside a selection of French wines. If you are after something healthier Malibu Kitchen with its superfood salads, cured fish and meat, served from breakfast through to dinner is as good of a choice as is Kaia – An Asian-Pacific-inspired restaurant specialising in healthy food, Kaia is open for lunch and dinner with poke bowls and mains from the grill served over the counter from the kitchen. Zobler’s and The Nickle cater to the lovers of American classics while Lutyens Grill will win over the hears of all carnivores with its selection of fish dishes and prime cuts from rare breeds.
VISIT: Votes for Women at Museum of London
With 2018 representing 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the UK, the capital is honouring the anniversary with special events across iconic venues in London.
The Votes for Women display forms part of the national commemorations marking the centenary of the 1918 Act that gave some women the right to vote for the first time. Dedicated to those who campaigned tirelessly for over 50 years to achieve votes for women, the exhibition features iconic objects from the Museum’s vast Suffragette collection, including Emmeline Pankhurst’s hunger strike medal. At the heart of the display is a powerful, newly commissioned film that reflects on the contemporary relevance of the militant campaign that continues to inspire, shock and divide opinion.
Created by multi-award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana to challenge the traditional bar set up and to create a bar that borrowed from the heritage of Sea Containers house and its iconic location along the River Thames, the focus of Dandelyan is on bringing a neighbourhood vibe to the glamour of Mondrian London. The latest cocktail menu – ‘Vice of Botany’ – explores exploitation, escapism and the full spectrum of guilty pleasures. Divided into four sections: Faith, Lust, Currency and Rock’n’Roll, Vices of Botany serves both Dandelyan originals and refined interpretations of the classics, with virgin cocktails enjoying equal attention.
Complementing the imaginative cocktail creations, Dandelyan’s striking interiors were designed with flair by legendary British designer Tom Dixon. A sumptuous, Art Deco–inspired space that references the luxurious cruise liners of generations past. Dandelyan boasts lavender-hued leather banquettes, velour lounge chairs, and an assortment of mirrored tables against a backdrop of green walls. Alongside this unexpected colour palette runs a dark green marble bar cut from one solid piece, while gold and brass accents also feature generously throughout.
The music is a mixture of late 70s and early 80s rock, funk and disco with DJs playing each weekend and a focus on hip-hop for Sunday Lyan, the Sunday evening wind down.
DANCE: Mahiki Kensington
Mahiki is the ultimate party destination. With its Tiki décor, delicious fresh fruit cocktails and tropical flowers adorning every Honolulu Honey’s hair, a night out is set to be unique in every respect! Spend it sipping on fresh fruit cocktails and sample Mahiki’s iconic treasure chest topped with champagne as a life-sized, hand-carved ice sculpture in an idyllic island setting. All cocktails are created by an award-winning team, using only premium and authentic ingredients. For a more private party, you can hire a Private Room for up to 25 people from 11pm until 3am for an exclusive party paradise.
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