City guide: 48 hours in London

City guide 48 hours in London

DINE

Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings

Light, airy and eclectic, this Clerkenwell brasserie is a botanical paradise simply perfect for a spot of brunch. The characterful interior is a bespoke mix of old and new – with antique armchairs, sumptuous textures, clean lines and tropical plants. As for the menu, from homemade granola to Huevos Benedictos, B&H has got you covered – and don’t miss the bottomless Bellinis made with fresh fruit puree.

Salmontini Le Resto

Situated in the heart of Belgravia, Salmontini le Resto is our go-to for a decadent dinner in the city. This luxurious restaurant specialises in exquisite salmon dishes, sushi and other Middle Eastern fare, all served in an opulent setting. Stuck for choice? We recommend the Alaskan black cod with sweet miso marinade followed by the chocolate dome for dessert.

Coya

Bringing the spirit of Latin America to Piccadilly, Peruvian restaurant Coya is an incredible dining experience that is not to be missed. Located next to Hyde Park, the mysterious lighting and interior create an electric atmosphere, and the menu fuses traditional Peruvian cooking with contemporary cuisine for an incredible taste sensation.

DRINK

Equus Bar

Just a stone’s throw from iconic London landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and Trafalgar Square, Equus Bar is the perfect place to relax after a day exploring the capital. The bar is nestled within the Royal Horseguards Hotel, a picturesque French-style chateau with a rich history. Unwind in the elegant surroundings with cocktails inspired by former guests such as George Bernard Shaw, Lord Kitchener and Winston Churchill.

Basement Sate

Cocktail connoisseurs with a sweet tooth should be sure to visit decadent drinking den Basement Sate. Their talented chefs and master mixologists work together to deliver an array of delicious drinks and mouth-watering desserts, each designed to complement each other. Don’t miss the raspberry and yuzu cream choux topped with dark chocolate.

STAY

ME Hotel

This five-star hotel boasts a Covent Garden location that’s close to some of the finest galleries and museums the city has to offer. Designed by architectural innovators Fosters and Partners, the ME has a futuristic yet stylish feel – think sleek lines, monochrome textiles and metallic accents. Among exceptional service there is also a chic rooftop bar, state-of-the-art gym and a range of in-room spa treatments.

The Wellesley Hotel

Opulent, elegant and contemporary, The Wellesley of Knightsbridge is the perfect choice for a decadent night in the city. Situated within an immaculate 1920s townhouse, the hotel truly embodies the glamour of the era with its marble flooring and Art Deco interior. Visit the Jazz Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights for spectacular live music or head down to the Oval restaurant for the finest Italian food, artfully created by head chef Michele del Monaco.

UNWIND

Shopping at Bicester Village

Just an hour from London, Bicester Village is home to more than 130 boutiques with savings of up to 60%, and sometimes more, on the recommended retail price. Dedicated to creating a luxury experience, the Village reflects the look and feel of local villages, with whitewashed boutiques and beautifully landscaped streets. To make your visit extra special, this elegant destination also offers a range of five-star services including Hands-free Shopping, Valet Parking and a range of authentic dining options. With gorgeous pieces from brands such as Anya Hindmarch, Coach and Saint Laurent Paris, this is shopping at its best.

Le Kalon Spa at The Bentley Hotel

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city at The Bentley Hotel’s Le Kalon Spa. An oasis of calm and rejuvenation, the soothing interior will have you feeling instantly relaxed on arrival. In addition to a range of beautifying treatments, the spa is also home to London’s only authentic hammam. Adopting the traditions of ancient cleansing rituals, guests can unwind in a warm steam filled room before enjoying a massage – the perfect antidote to a busy London day.