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10 Concierge Recommendations for a Perfect Day Out in London

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Ten concierge experts from top London hotels give us their recommendation for your stay in London.

Matt West

MATT WEST
MANDARIN ORIENTAL HYDE PARK, LONDON
PHONE: +44 (0)20 7235 2000

07:00

Get up nice and early and head to Hyde Park Stables to meet your four-legged partner for an early morning gallop along the famous Rotten Row in Hyde Park. An absolutely stunning way to energize yourself for the day ahead and catch a special glimpse of London before it’s wiped the sleep out of its eyes.

09:00

Head to Borough Market (Thur-Sat), getting there no later than 09:30, if possible. If you’re early some of the stallholders are still setting up and you can really take in the atmosphere of a true London market. Take a good look at all the artisan breads, cheeses and charcuteries, tasting as you go! Then make your purchases and have a wonderful fresh breakfast before the hungry hordes descend. Pure magic.

11:00

Work off that indulgent breakfast by taking a lazy stroll along the Southbank from London Bridge to Westminster, walking alongside the river and exploring the local area. Sights along the way include Southwark Cathedral, Tate Modern, Clink Prison Museum, the Golden Hinde, Shakespeare’s Globe, the London Aquarium and Gabriel’s Wharf. You’ll also encounter mime artists and street entertainers along the route by the Royal Festival Hall.

13:00

On arrival at Westminster you are ready to board your private capsule on the London Eye. The champagne is chilled and ready and the views are all yours to share.

14:00

Now it’s back to the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park for a late lunch at London’s latest restaurant sensation, our very own Bar Boulud.

16:30

The Mandarin Spa awaits for your luxurious two-hour pampering ritual.

21:00

Off to the Tower you go, for the Ceremony of the Keys, the traditional locking up of the Tower of London that has taken place every night, without fail, for at least 700 years. The importance of securing this fortress for the night is still very relevant because, although the monarch no longer resides at this royal palace, the Crown Jewels and many other valuables still do.

22:30

Dinner at Hakkasan, my all-time favorite restaurant in the city. This Michelin-starred modern Chinese restaurant has long been appreciated by those in the know and just gets better and better with time. Secure a reservation to truly experience the buzz that sets this restaurant apart. Whenever I have guests in town I just love to see their reaction as they walk into this amazing dining room for the first time and feel the energy. The food is also amazing; the dim sum platter, soft-shell crab and honeyed Chilean sea bass are my top tips.

00:30

For those still with energy, take a trip to Les Ambassadeurs, one of London’s most stylish and exclusive casinos which also boasts the private members club The Red Room.

Andy Davis

Concierge service at Dorchester Hotel London

Andy Davies
The Dorchester Hotel
Phone: +44 (0)20 7629 8888

08:00

Enjoy a healthy start to the day with an organic breakfast at The Grill at The Dorchester featuring the best of British produce.

10:00

See London’s sights from the water on a river cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster.

11:30

Explore Westminster Abbey with its stunning Gothic architecture and more than 700 years’ worth of history.

13:00

Stroll past Downing Street towards The National Gallery, London’s premier art gallery displaying masters like Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Renoir.

14:30

Wander up to Covent Garden for a light lunch of the finest seafood and a glass of champagne at J Sheekey Oyster Bar.

16:00

Book an appointment with a personal shopper at Harrods for a luxurious and bespoke shopping experience.

20:00

Dine at Zuma, a trendy Knightsbridge restaurant offering contemporary Japanese izakaya-style cuisine.

22:00

Dance the night away to live music at the fashionable Dover Street Wine Bar.

Sandro Marcal

Sandro Marcal
The Soho Hotel
Phone: +44 (0)20 7581 4045
Email: sohoconcierge@firmdale.com

Start the day with breakfast at Princi on Wardour Street followed by a visit to the Wallace Collection on Manchester Square.

For the whole London shopping experience, walk from there to Marylebone Lane and on to St. Christopher’s Place, cross Oxford Street and walk down South Molton Street, then Avery Row. Walk down Bond Street, then turn left along Vigo Street, and back into Soho. Have lunch sitting at the bar at Bocca di Lupo for great modern Italian food. Visit Milroy’s of Soho and purchase an indulgent bottle of whiskey for someone as a gift. Shop for designer clothes at Oxygen on East Castle Street. Relax with a coffee at Flat White on Brewer Street, Soho. Walk south through Chinatown and visit the National Gallery. Dinner at J Sheekey’s for fantastic fish and good people watching.

BEST RESTAURANTS

Princi
Cuisine: Italian
Address: 135 Wardour Street, W1F 0UT
J Sheekey
Cuisine: Seafood
Address: 28-32 St. Martin’s Court, WC2N 4AL

Darren Marlow

Fine dining top london restaurant

Darren Marlow
The May Fair Hotel
Phone: +44 (0)20 7629 7777

Start off the day with a full English breakfast at The Wolseley.

Return to The May Fair to meet a personal shopping guide for a tour of Grays Antique Market, home to one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of fine antiques, jewelry and vintage fashion.

Then on to Burlington Arcade, London’s first shopping arcade, which opened in 1819. It’s the longest covered shopping street in England and is renowned throughout the world for its individuality and craftsmanship.

After shopping, relax for lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s one Michelin-starred Murano. Enjoy the arts and history in the afternoon with a visit to The Wallace Collection.

Take a tour of one of London’s hidden gems, Apsley House, once home to the Duke of Wellington. It’s also known as Number One London, because it was the first house encountered when coming from the countryside through the toll gates at Knightsbridge. It boasts one of the finest art collections in London, with paintings by Velazquez and Rubens.

Dine at two-star Michelin The Square for dinner. For a nightcap, stop by The May Fair Bar, a popular hotspot for celebrities.

BEST RESTAURANTS

Benares
Cuisine: Modern Indian
Address: 12 Berkeley Square House, Berkeley
Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BS
Scott’s
Cuisine: Seafood
Address: 20 Mount Street, W1K 2HE
Dean Street Townhouse
Cuisine: English
Address: 69-71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE
Kai Mayfair
Cuisine: Chinese
Address: 65 South Audley Street, W1K 2QU
Bocca Di Lupo
Cuisine: Italian
Address: 12 Archer Street, W1D 7BB
La Petite Maison
Cuisine: French
Address: 54 Brooks Mews, W1K 4EG

BEST SHOPPING

Fortnum & Mason and Liberty

Hamleys
For: Huge range of toys, traditional and
modern, for all age ranges.
Address: 188-196 Regent Street, W1B 5BT
Holland & Holland London
For: Specialist shooting clothing, accessories,
and bespoke guns.
Address: 33 Bruton Street, W1J 6HH

BEST TO DO

Go underground for a peek at the Churchill War Cabinet Museum.

Take in a classic Shakespearian drama at the Globe Theatre in Blackfriars, or check out the stately Wallace Collection in Manchester Square.

Don’t miss Portobello Road either, and if it’s sunny, hire out a bicycle with Fat Tyre and take a cycle tour of London in the fresh air.

Nicky Fell

Posh London hotel

Covent Garden Hotel
Phone: +44 (0)20 7806 1000
Email: conciergecovent@firmdale.com

BEST RESTAURANTS

J Sheekey
Cuisine: Fish restaurant
Address: 28-32 St Martin’s Court, WC2N 4AL
The Ivy
Cuisine: Modern European
Address: 1-5 West Street, WC2H 9NQ
Clos Maggiore
Cuisine: Traditional French
Address: 33 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JD

BEST SHOPPING

Paul Smith
For: Classic English fashion with a twist.
Great for men’s shoes.
Address: 40-44 Floral Street,
Covent Garden, WC2E 9DG
Lucy In Disguise
For: Vintage fashion as chosen by the owner,
English pop star Lily Allen.
Address: 48 Lexington Street, Soho, W1F 0LR
Coco de Mer
For: Slinky nightwear and accessories.
Address: 23 Monmouth Street,
Covent Garden, WC2H 9DD
Penhaligon’s
For: Beauty and grooming products in
wonderful traditional packaging.
Address: 16-17 Burlington Arcade,
Piccadilly, W1J 0PL
Miller Harris
For: Unusual scents, candles and beauty
products by perfumer Lyn Harris.
Address: 21 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6QD

Dale Herbert

Dale Herbert
The Connaught Hotel
Phone: +44 (0)20 7499 7070
Email: concierge@the-connaught.co.uk

Take a stroll down Mount Street and visit some of London’s top designer boutiques from Balenciaga and Christian Louboutin to Marc Jacobs, then pop into Scott’s for a bite to eat.

After this, you could move along to Bruton Street off Berkeley Square where you can find more boutiques, including Diane von Furstenberg, Matthew Williamson and Stella McCartney for the lady, with Brioni and Holland & Holland for the gentleman. This part of town also offers you the chance to drop into several art galleries.

If you still need more retail therapy, you have Bond Street and Savile Row just around the corner.

BEST RESTAURANTS

Scott’s
Cuisine: Fish
Address: 20 Mount Street, W1K 2HE

Shig Matsuda

The Haymarket Hotel
Phone: +44 (0)20 7470 4000
Email: haymarketconcierge@firmdale.com

BEST RESTAURANTS

Hix
Cuisine: British
Address: 66-70 Brewer Street, W1F 9UP
The Ledbury
Cuisine: French
Address: 127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, W11 2AQ
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Cuisine: Modern European
Address: 13-15 West St, WC2H 9NE

BEST SHOPPING

Selfridges
For a complete shopping experience, visit this enormous department store in the heart of London. It offers designer brands galore, whatever you are after.

BEST TO DO

A trip out to Kew Gardens and lunch at Petersham Nurseries, Church Lane, off Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey.

Natalie Goldin

The Metropolitan Hotel
Phone: +44 (0)20 7447 1000

A PERFECT WEEKEND

Saturday

Breakfast at The Wolseley, and then walk through Jermyn Street and historic St James’s Square to Trafalgar Square.

A private tour of the highlights of The National Gallery followed by lunch at Yauatcha, arguably the best Dim Sum in London.

Shopping time: walk through buzzy Carnaby Street to Liberty, the iconic British store combining rich tradition with an eclectic mix of established and future design classics.

Visit Bond Street, Bruton Street and Mount Street for old school English retailers conveniently en route back to the hotel. Return to The Metropolitan Hotel to enjoy Afternoon Delight in the Lobby Lounge.

Take in a West End show with a distinctly British feel, for example the award-winning production War Horse, which has superb puppetry on a life-size scale in a moving and ultimately very human drama set in the throes of the World War I.

Post-theater dinner at J Sheekey Oyster Bar, a short walk from the theater. Be dazzled by the amazing fish and oysters in one of London’s most celebrated nightspots. You never know who you might spy there!

Sunday

Leisurely in-room breakfast, taking in expansive park views from your Metropolitan Room.

Enjoy a morning river journey down the Thames to the Tate Modern, seeing London from a different perspective. Arrive at the gallery early to enjoy the space and tranquility before the crowds build. Stroll along the Southbank to Westminster returning through St James’s Park and Green Park.

Sunday lunch at Corrigan’s Mayfair: experience the very best of British cuisine, having worked up an appetite on the way. If you still have the energy, head through Hyde Park to the Victoria & Albert Museum and Natural History Museum.

BEST RESTAURANTS

Nobu
Cusine: Japanese
Address: 19 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB

Hix
Cuisine: British
Address: 66-70 Brewer Street, W1F 9UP

Scott’s
Cuisine: Fish & Seafood
Address: 20 Mount Street, W1K 2HE

Corrigan’s
Cuisine: British
Address: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 7EH

BEST SHOPPING

Liberty
A well-loved emporium of the beautiful and the bizarre. Excellent place for buying unusual and luxurious gifts.

Simon Thomas

Brown’s Hotel
Phone: +44 (0)20 7518 4036
Email: concierge.browns@roccofortecollection.com

BEST SHOPPING

Dover Street Market, 17-18 Dover Street, W1S 4LT
Unlike any other shop in London, each of the five floors of Dover Street Market is home to a unique collection of clothes, shoes and jewelry. The setting – an incredible warehouse-style space – is very avant garde, offering a fascinating concept and surreal design, making it more like a museum than a store. But then what you would expect from the designers of Comme des Garçons? You will find here limited edition pieces from countless independent designers as well as classics by Lanvin, Alaia and John Galliano.

BEST TO DO

London RIB trip
Website: www.londonribvoyages.com

If you are a real thrill seeker, then it must be the London RIB (rigid inflatable boat) experience. On this, you shoot along the Thames at full speed in one of their boats (similar to the ones the SAS use), whilst enjoying the fastest ever sightseeing tour London has to offer.

Ben Malpass

The Savoy Hotel
Phone: +44 (0)20 7836 4343

My perfect London Day

  1. English breakfast at The Wolseley on Piccadilly.
  2. A walk by the River Thames.
  3. Take a private tour of some famous London landmarks including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and perhaps a tour of the British Museum, the Tower of London to take in the Crown Jewels, The National Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts.
  4. Drive to Windsor for lunch on the Thames and a guided tour of Windsor Castle.
  5. Afternoon shopping on Bond Street.
  6. Afternoon tea in The Savoy’s Thames Foyer.
  7. A drink in one of Covent Garden’s many historic pubs.
  8. Dinner at The Savoy’s River Restaurant.
  9. A cocktail in The Savoy’s American Bar.