These have to be some of the most Instagrammable places in London, for sure.
If you’re always on the lookout for visual treats wherever you go, if whenever you go on a trip or holiday you always research beautiful places to stay, eat at and visit so you can soak up the interiors, decor and visual delights of a place as well as experience the culture and sites, then this is for you my friend…
All images are my own and there are links for each place if you want to know more.
Next to Oxford Street in the West End, this stunning hotel is in walking distance of Covent Garden, Regent Street and Bond Street. The lobby is a true delight, as are the cosy bedrooms, and the attached Berners Tavern has a Michelin starred chef in breathtaking surroundings so The London Edition really does have it all. The smell around the hotel is divine too, so much so that we had to ask what it was. (If you’re interested it’s Le Labo fragrance in ‘The Noir 29’ and you can check it out here)
Conveniently The London Edition is on the same street as the Sanderson Hotelso we nipped in there for a cocktail (or two) and it’s soooooo beautiful inside (rather deceiving from the outside). It also has an on-site spa if you need a revive after all that walking.
This hotel is part of the same chain as The Sanderson in the heart of Covent Garden and is in walking distance of Leicester Square, The National Gallery, Picadilly Circus and Oxford Street. It’s dubbed as Theatreland’s coolest 5 star luxury hotel and is noted for Philippe Stark’s eclectic design.
The renowned Asia de Cuba restaurant can also be found at St Martin’s Lane Hotel and has ‘whimsical, enchanting interior design’. Their bottomless brunch is on my list.
The Langham is opposite the BBC Studios on Regent Street and is in an impressive historic building which is hard not to be impressed by. We went there for afternoon tea in Palm Court and I have to say, it tops every other afternoon tea experience we’ve ever had in London. I mean, check out this Valentine’s Day themed plate, need I say more?
The Artisian Bar, voted the World’s Best Bar, is also at The Langham and their cocktails are as inventive as they are yummy. The atmosphere is cool yet relaxed and unstuffy and I loved the excitement of literally not knowing how your next drink would be presented. One came in a wooden box with dry ice spilling out, another in a glass ball held up by a rope net, another in a silver Meccano elephant and this bronze ant which came with two cups that you had to mix together.
There is literally no way on this earth that Sketch would ever be excluded from this list. It is as unique in its purpose as it is in its decor, offering art, cuisine and music all under one roof over in a beautiful converted 18th century building in Mayfair. With each room showcasing a different theme and style, there is an abundance of decor to soak in just in this one location.
The Glade is like a modern Midsummer Night’s Dream enchanted forest, complete with decoupage trees on the walls, forest floor carpet and a self-playing piano. I love that the napkins have what appears to be a handwritten phone number on them too; a cute touch.
British artist David Shringley’s work lines the walls of the strikingly pink Gallery restaurant which is opposite The Glade. His work carries through onto the tables and I love how much thought they’ve put into every last detail, from the staff uniform to the tableware to the food itself.
Connected to the Gallery are these space-age toilets which simply cannot go unmentioned. It’s pretty clear why they’ve been voted the ‘Coolest Toilets in the World’.
There are more rooms yet to explore so I will most definitely return and I love the sound of their afternoon teas too.
Attached to the Bloomsbury Hotel, this beautiful space functions all year round is just a short walk from Oxford Street and Soho. I’m a sucker for anything Narnia-like so I was beside myself when we sought out this place to cure our hangovers with a drink from their Juicery.
It’s not difficult to see why this Covent Garden restaurant was voted the ‘Most Beautiful Restaurant in the World’. Their conservatory which is lined by mirrored walls and cherry blossom trees literally took my breath away when we first visited. The restaurant has a really cosy intimate feel and I love how they’ve segregated the tables with dried topiary inspired by Provence and Tuscany. The food is exquisite, their lunch deals are excellent and keep your eyes peeled as Prince Harry has been spotted here on numerous occasions.
Probably the hotel which is most associated with London and one for the bucket list. It’s not the style that would ordinarily appeal to me, but I love how it has remained quintessentially British. Their afternoon tea is held in the beautiful Palm Court and their floral displays are simply exquisite.
Around the corner and in complete contrast is Quaglino’s restaurant and bar, with its impressive staircase and decadent setting. It also got a nod in tv show Absolutely Fabulous so if you love this programme, it’s a must stop.
On the Fulham Road in Chelsea in the most beautiful Art Deco building lies The Conran Shop. I love their products, love the way it’s laid out and I love their Christmas displays.
Harrods, Liberty, Selfridges and John Lewis always pull out the stops for their window displays too.
If you’re visiting London with children they can eat in awe of the Amazon rainforest created in the heart of Piccadilly, complete with sound effects, lifelike animatronics, tropical showers, cascading waterfalls and the odd thunderstorm too. My daughter loved gazing at the starlit ceiling and watching the life-size moving elephant while munching on her pizza.
Hamleys have teamed up with The Langham to offer a Teddy Bear’s picnic specifically aimed at children and this is on my list for our next visit with the children. Each child receives a Hamleys teddy bear too, cute or what?!
Love the colour pink? Love girlie decor? Love cakes? Then this bakery in Belgravia is for you!
London has a never-ending array of inspiring and unexpected interior delights, but I hope this has given you a few unknown gems to seek out in addition to the must-see museums, galleries and tourist spots.
Please tag @ohsokel and use #OSKinspired on Instagram if you visit any of these locations after seeing this post. I’d love to see the pics!
Until next time,
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