Summer stopover in London? Do the city like a local. From casual dining and in-the-know speakeasies to the latest hotspots, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy!
This Thai barbeque spot is small, packed and always buzzing. The kaffir lime margaritas and palm sugar old fashioneds flow fast, music blasts and the food is messy: think sticky wings, chilli crabs and barbecued duck legs – all basted in heat, spice and smoke. A firm Soho favourite, get there before the 7pm rush or head in for a late-ish dinner.
7 Denmark Street, WC2H 8LZ smokinggoatsoho.com
MILROY’S OF SOHO
The oldest whisky specialist shop in London, Milroy’s has recently re- launched to offer a retail space, tasting bar, and hidden 55-seat cocktail bar downstairs called The Vault, which you access through a bookcase. Once inside, the lights are low, the music is good, and the drinks are worth travelling for. This is a serious gem, and #UJloves.
3 Greek Street, W1D 4NX
+44 20 7734 2277,
Situated on The Strand and moments from Covent Garden and Soho, ME London is perfectly located but not at all hectic. We say treat yourself and book into the Passion Suite. From the fully stocked maxi-bar (to make your favourite cocktails, of course) and spacious bedroom to the Bali shower and 24-hour butler, it has all bases covered. Book a table outside for drinks at the Radio Rooftop Bar, and enjoy the sweeping views.
336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA
+44 808 234 1953,
A sexy, louche dining spot in Mayfair courtesy of chef Tomos Parry, winner of the Young British Foodie Chef of the Year 2014. Book a table (it’s small and has been a hit since opening in December) and dine on the wood-fired, Basque-inspired menu: think Cornish crab with barbequed cucumber and beef sirloin topped with pink fir potatoes and Tunworth cheese. Team with sloe gin and Bad Kitty cava cocktails.
10 Shepherd Market, W1J 7QF
+44 20 3302 1661,
PEONY AT OPIUM
A secret bar inside a hidden bar is the concept behind Peony. Leave the hustle of Chinatown for Opium, the well-known cocktail lounge and dim sum parlour. Find the hidden door and proceed to Peony. The bar is small (part of the appeal), and drinks are straight-up amazing, matched only by the delicious morsels of dim sum served. A UJ fave.
The Jade Door, 15-16 Gerrard Street, W1D 6JE
+44 20 7734 7276,
The first and largest retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe, expect nothing short of the drama and spectacle synonymous with his runway shows. Pre-booking is recommended, but if that fails, the museum has made 200 tickets available on the door each day on a first-come, first-served basis.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, From March 4 – August 2, 2015,
V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
+44 20 7942 2000,