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9. The Best Hotels

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Hotel Best Bets


Best Historic Hotel

Hazlitt’s 1718, 6 Frith St., W1 (Go to page)

Best Hotel for Victoriana

The Gore, 190 Queen’s Gate, SW7 (Go to page)

Best Hotel for Clubbers

The Hoxton, 81 Great Eastern St., EC2 (Go to page)

Best Luxury Hotel

Claridge’s, Brook St., W1 (Go to page)

Most Refined Atmosphere

The Connaught, Carlos Place, W1 (Go to page)

Best Hotel for Royal Watching

The Rubens at the Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Rd., SW1 (Go to page)

Best Base for Museum-Hopping

The Gallery Hotel, 8–10 Queensberry Place, SW7 (Go to page)

Best Views of the Thames

Park Plaza County Hall Hotel, 1 Addington St., SE1 (Go to page)

Best Chance to Get a Good Package Deal

The Rembrandt Hotel,> 11 Thurloe Place, SW7 (Go to page)

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4. The Best Shopping

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Shopping Best Bets


Best Time to Shop

During the August and January citywide, month-long sales

Best Shot at Last Season’s Designer Threads

Pandora, 16–22 Cheval Place (Go to page)

Best High-End Jewelry

Ritz Fine Jewellery, 150 Piccadilly (Go to page)

Best Fun & Vintage Jewelry

Hirst Antiques, 59 Pembridge Rd. (Go to page)

Best Sugar Rush

Artisan du Chocolat, 89 Lower Sloane St. (Go to page)

Best Children’s Toy Store

Honey Jam, 2 Blenheim Crescent. (Go to page)

Best Place to Score Stuff from Other People’s Attics

Grays Antique Market, 58 Davies St. (Go to page)

Best Foot Forward

The Natural Shoe Store, 13 Neal St. (Go to page)

Best Place to Find Out Where You Are

Stanfords, 12–14 Long Acre (Go to page)

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3. The Best Neighborhood Walks: Chelsea, Mayfair, Hampstead, The City & East End, Whitehall

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Since the 16th century, when Henry VIII and Thomas More built country manors on its riverbanks, Chelsea has had a long tradition of eccentricity, aristocracy, and artisanship. This posh district is great for a stroll. Keep an eye peeled for blue plaques affixed to houses; they reveal the many leading figures who once called this neighborhood home. START: Tube to Sloane Square.  Sloane Square. Royal physician Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753), who helped found the British Museum, is the namesake of this busy square, marking the boundary between the well-to-do districts of Chelsea and Belgravia. In addition to his educational and medical achievements, Sloane discovered the milk chocolate recipe that became the basis of the Cadbury chocolate empire. Intersection of Sloane St. & King’s Rd. Royal Court Theatre. This restored theatre, originally built in 1888, is famous for showcasing playwrights such as George Bernard Shaw, John Osborne, and Harold Pinter. Nowadays, the work of today’s most promising dramatists is performed on the two stages. A few steps to the right of the Sloane Sq. Tube exit. 020/7565-5000. www.royalcourttheatre.com. See All Chapters
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7. The Best Nightlife

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Nightlife Best Bets


Best Dance Club

Fabric, 77a Charterhouse St. (Go to page)

Most Diverse Entertainment

Madame JoJo’s, 8–10 Brewer St. (Go to page)

Best Jazz Club

Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith St. (Go to page)

Most Wacky Decor

Callooh Callay, 65 Rivington St. (Go to page)

Best Modern Speakeasy

69 Colebrooke Row, 69 Colebrooke Row (Go to page)

Most Unpretentious Clubbing

Plastic People, 147–149 Curtain Rd. (Go to page)

Best for Secret Drinking

The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit St. (Go to page)

Best Views

Vertigo 42, 25 Old Broad St. (Go to page)

Best Historic Pub

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Wine Office Court, 145 Fleet St. (Go to page)

Best for Blues

Ain’t Nothin’ But . . ., 20 Kingly St. (Go to page)

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6. The Best Dining

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Dining Best Bets


Best for Keeping Kids Happy

Rainforest Café 20 Shaftesbury Ave. (Go to page)

Best Vegetarian

Food for Thought 31 Neal St. (Go to page)

Best Place for Beef

Gaucho Piccadilly 25 Swallow St. (Go to page)

Best Crepes

Kensington Crêperie 2 Exhibition Rd. (Go to page)

Best Afternoon Tea

Goring Hotel Beeston Place (Go to page)

Best Menu from Centuries Past

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal 66 Knightsbridge (Go to page)

Best Subterranean Dining Experience

Café in the Crypt St. Martin-in- the-Fields, Duncannon St. (Go to page)

Best American Noshes

Automat American Brasserie 33 Dover St. (Go to page)

Best Fish & Chips

Geales 2 Farmer St. (Go to page)

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