Local guide to London
A booming Metropolis brimming with energy, opportunity and activity, London serves as an epicentre for finance, tourism, history and culture, and draws more international visitors to its hallowed streets than most other cities on earth. While the prospect of such a vast city can be daunting, the centre of London is surprisingly accessible and easy to navigate. With this two-day itinerary, the prospect of discovering the capital’s galleries, restaurants, and shops is an alluring and stimulating journey.
Begin your day in London at The Wolseley, just a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Renowned for its breakfasts, The Wolseley is an excellent choice for those wishing to start their day on a luxurious note. Take in the decadent interiors – high ceilings, monochrome tiled floors and a black and gold colour scheme – as you dine amongst the great and the good of London.
From The Wolseley, a 10-minute walk will bring you to Dover Street Market.
Dover Street Market
Brainchild of Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo, Dover Street Market is a beautifully designed concept fashion store spread across several floors and stocking a range of high-end designers. Located away from the rush of Oxford Street, but still close enough to make it an easy walk, a visit here offers luxury shopping in a truly unique setting.
Then, walk to the Royal Academy of Arts, just 10 minutes from Dover Street Market.
Royal Academy of Arts
A must for all art lovers, the Royal Academy is a multifaceted artist-led institution located in Burlington House on Piccadilly. Gallery, museum, art school and charity, the Royal Academy aims to nurture both the practice and enjoyment of art through exhibitions, education and community collaboration.
From the Royal Academy, the art galleries of Cork Street are a five-minute walk away.
Tucked away between Knightsbridge and Piccadilly is London’s Cork Street, home to a hidden network of art galleries showcasing talent from all over the world. With many of the galleries free to enter, and the works frequently installed by the artists themselves, there’s often the rare opportunity to discuss the works with their creators.
The final stop of the day is Selfridges & Co., a 15-minute walk away.
Selfridges & Co.
For discerning shoppers, the Oxford Street luxury department store remains something of an institution, offering everything from desirable stationary to must-have handbags, concept pop-ups to new designer showcases. A glass of champagne in the famous Foodhall remains the obvious choice for weary shoppers looking to recharge.
To get back to the hotel from Selfridges, it’s just a 10-minute walk.
Start your second day in London with a walk around Hyde Park, just over the road from the hotel.
Hyde Park is one of London’s largest green spaces and offers some much-needed respite from the hectic pace of life in this city. Whether you’re looking to exercise – runners and cyclists are populous at all times – or picnic by the Serpentine, Hyde Park is the ideal place to decompress.
Leave Hyde Park at Victoria Gate (opposite Brook Street) and walk for 10 minutes to Hyde Park Stables.
Hyde Park Stables
Horses and riders have long been a common sight on the bridleways of Hyde Park. The perfect excursion for equestrians, a trip on horseback affords a novel and exhilarating way to experience the natural beauty and iconic sights of the area, including the Diana Memorial Fountain and the Serpentine.
From Hyde Park Stables, take a 15-minute taxi ride to Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill.
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Take lunch at the award-winning Bentley’s. The Oyster Bar is one of the oldest in the city, and still features its original 1916 long marble bar. Guests can choose between the bar, sleek ruby leather table seating or heated outdoor terrace to feast on a menu of caviar, sashimi and heartier fish-based dishes, alongside the excellent selection of fresh oysters. The elegant grill restaurant upstairs serves a variety of fish, seafood and meat plates.
After lunch, take a 15-minute walk along the edge of Green Park to Apsley House.
Apsley House – once known grandly as Number One, London – stands on Hyde Park Corner and is the part-time residence of the 9th Duke of Wellington. It houses an impressive collection of art and is open to the general public on weekends as a gallery and museum under the management of English Heritage.
Then, head to the Mr Fogg’s on Bruton Lane, just six minutes away by taxi or a 15-minute walk.
Mr Fogg’s Residence
At first glance, the leather-bedecked and curios-bestrewn environs of Mr Fogg’s Residence looks like a private member’s club – as befitting its lofty Mayfair location – with just a hint of saloon-cum-speakeasy style. But this eccentric bar is open to all, offering expertly mixed cocktails and a calendar of events from magic shows to “tipsy” teas.
The hotel is then only 10 minutes’ walk from Mr Fogg’s.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.