1. High Tea at Claridge's
2. The View from the London Eye
3. Walkers Potato Chips
4. British Flapjacks
5. Picking up souvenirs on Portobella Road
6. Victorian Albert Museum
7. Two Hour Lunches at Daylesford Organic Eatery
Villandry: located near the Theatre district, Villandry is a gourmet market, an unforgettable eatery serving British food with a twist.
Joe’s Café: is located near or in a wide range of Joseph stores (Joseph is best known for trendy private label as well as designer brands under one roof).
The Sugar Club: located in Soho, a trendy casual eatery, great for before or after theatre.
Fifteen: Jamie Oliver’s restaurant where he employs fifteen kids from tough backgrounds who have learned the trade. Both casual and opulent dining options are available.
Ottolenghi: Amazing Italian takeaway and eat in food located in the Westbourne Grove area. Don’t miss the overblown marangs.
Toms: craving American food across the pond? Try Toms for a typical diner breakfast or burger. A small American grocery store is located in the same space.
Carluccio’s: a trendy, ultra fresh Italian eatery with takeaway area. Various locations through the city.
St. Martins Lane Hotel: a Philippe Starck pet project houses a number of eateries. Located conveniently near Bond Street.
Madsen: modern Scandanivian cuisine. Located in the Brompton road area.
Daylesford Organic: an organic eatery and market in the Westbourne Grove area. Done in a very chic neutral palette. Don’t miss the retail store down the street for home goods and accessories.
Dover Street Market: a must see trendsetting market featuring the various lines of Comme des Garcons as well as an outpost of the Rose bakery whose sister’s restaurant is in Paris.
Cutler & Gross: located conveniently near Harrod’s and Harvey Nichols. Began as an eyewear resource to rock and roll bands in the 60’s and 70’s. Collectible and timeless…
Celia Birtwell: Best known for her marriage to Ossie Clark in the 60’s and for her exuberant prints. Her shop features yard goods and accessories.
After Noah: features American retro furnishings and accessories. Check out the Kings road or Harvey Nichols location.
Hackett: the British answer to Polo…best known for its logo wear featuring exaggerated polo numbers on sleeves and chests .
Feathers: uber trendy outpost for edgy design located near Paul Smith in the Westbourne Grove .
Designers Guild: Trisha Guild’s home away from home featuring vibrant printed yard goods, linens, and towels to brighten up grey London days.
Whistles: features young, trendy designers as well as private label. Various locations…
Smythson of Bond Street: (the perfect last minute gift ) the Duty free shop at the airport produces stationary and iconic bound leather books for any occasion. They are pocket sized leather books with kitschy phrases in guild leathering. They combine a beautiful technique with something irreverent.
Emma Hope: the originator of fancy footwear in London, specializes in beaded and embroidered satins and velvets…Visit their outlet in Islington.
Jigsaw is an upper end chain that features London bohemian ensembles for women and children.
Butler& Wilson recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. The iconic costume jeweler located in South Kensington and on S. Molton Street. ...Tierras anyone?
London is completely irreverent…the Queen Flag, high tea, and kitsch city are mixed with tremendous tradition. London takes a risk with fashion. Youth is very powerful in London, pushing trend and music. It is a much faster city, controlled by chaos. My friends who live there will tell you that the infrastructure of London is completely crippled. London is now cross cultural—Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Brits, Americans, French, and Africans are forming a melting pot. Take their papers for instance, a bunch of tabloids… There is a feeling of challenging the establishment when you’re there, which is kind of exciting, but Iconic London—the tradition, tea, and royals comparatively feel cheaper now than they ever did. Once a town where you could not get a good meal, and now you can get anything you want!
Where To Stay: The Number Sixteen Hotel is a chic boutique hotel, which is part of the Firmdale chain. The one and only American hotel, Crosby Street, recently opened in Manhattan and was just rated one of the top new hotels in the world by Travel and Leisure.
Where To Visit: The Brompton Design District is a new area in London that features a variety of home stores, now clustered together, with a real point of view. Walkable from Harrod's or King's Road. Trafalgar Square is an iconic square in London with lots of shopping and site seeing around it.
What to Bring Back:My union jack treasures pictured above hail from Accessorize, a chain of well priced accessory shops in London.