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October 23rd, 2012

Travel Must-Do’s…London.

Travel Must-Do’s…London.

When I was in London (seems like a lifetime ago) I was there as a guest of Like the perfect host, they provided me with a welcome bag complete with their customised destination guide. It was so fabulous and spot on I wanted to share it.

Here’s My-Wardrobe’s lowdown on the best cupcakes, to-die-for cocktails & lots more must-visit London venues.


For breakfast fit for royalty… The Wolseley, Piccadilly.

For a grand café meets restaurant set in a grand Grade II listed building.

Nearest underground station: Piccadilly Circus.

For the best cupcakes… Hummingbird Bakery, Soho.

Go for a Red Velvet or Black Button – trust us, you won’t regret it.

Nearest underground station: Tottenham Court Road.

For the best afternoon tea… Sketch, London.

With enchantingly captivating surroundings, head here for a unique afternoon tea experience.

Nearest underground station: Oxford Circus.


For an amazing blow-dry & shellac manicures… Aveda Institute, Covent Garden.

Ritualistic luxury at the highest level. Indulge!

Nearest underground station: Holborn.

For the best spa treatments… St. Pancras Spa, London.

Make sure you take advantage during your visit!

Nearest underground station: Kings Cross St. Pancras.

For the best fragrance house… Diptyque, Mayfair.

An extensive repertory of fabulous fragrances.

Nearest underground station: Bond Street.


For the best antique market… Alfies Antique Market, Marylebone.

Antiques, vintage finds, collectables and 20th Century design is all on offer here.

Nearest underground station: Marylebone.

For the most iconic London retail experience… Burlington Arcade, Mayfair.

A positive treasure trove of shops including tea rooms, darling boutiques and antiques in Mayfair’s Burlington Arcade.

Nearest underground station: Green Park.

For the best market… Spitalfields Markets, East London.

A not too crowded undercover space of cool stalls, one-off boutiques and food, plus it’s not far from Sunday’s legendary flower market on Columbia Road.

Nearest underground station: Liverpool Street.


For a chic cocktail… Lounge Lover, London.

Treat yourself to their eponymous cocktail – it’s luxury in a glass.

Nearest underground station: Shoreditch High Street.

For a city escape… Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park.

Great for some Fashion Week zen.

Nearest underground station: Holland Park.

For a spot of culture… The Saatchi Gallery, Kings Road.

See ‘The Art of Chess’ with specially commissioned chess sets created by Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst among others.

Nearest underground station: Sloane Square.

My-Loves by My-Wardrobe.

Me & Sarah Curran.

Check out the My-Wardrobe team’s ultimate London hotspots.

“My all-time favourite place in London has got to be Cecconi’s. It’s a lively hustle and bustle restaurant where you’ll always fnd a Fashion Editor or an A-lister tucked away in the corner. The truffle pasta is a must-have too.” Sarah Curran,  founder.

Find Cecconi’s Restaurant @ 5A Burlington Gardens, Mayfair.
Nearest underground station: Mayfair.

“My favourite London spot is Regent’s Park, walking through it as the flowers and colours change from season to season. I just love it.” Lauren Stevenson, PR Director.

Find Regent’s Park @ London NW1 4NR.
Nearest underground station: Regent’s Park.

“It has to be Sketch. It’s got the best ambiance and the staff have that ‘old school service’ that makes you feel like you’re the most important person in the room.” Antony Hawman, Brand Partnership Director.

Find Sketch @ 9 Conduit Street, London.
Nearest underground station: Oxford Circus.

“I’m a big fan of Clerkenwell. It’s further East than you might have considered visiting but with its boutique hotels, innovative restaurants, gastro pubs and food market it’s a bit of a gastronomy dream, plus it’s a lot less touristy than Central London. There are some fab places to sit outside in the summer and in the winter, a lot of hotspots pop up fairy lights. If you have time, head into Zetter for a cocktail and the Sunday lunches at The Green are amazing.” Leanne O’Shea, Brand Director.

Find Clerkwell @ EC1M 4AN.
Nearest underground station: Farringdon.

  • Zoemirai

    Do you mean Black Bottom cupcakes at Hummingbird?

  • Acacia

    This is fantastic! I’m heading off to Europe for the first time in November so will be sure to check some of these places out. Especially keen to visit Sketch and Loungelover. Any chance you (or Jane) could do a guide like this for Paris Paula?

  • Brighid

    This is fantastic!! Any chance you could do one on New York, or having any guide recommendations?

  • Jlunn

    hi acacia – I’m actually working on one like this for Paris at the moment so hope to have it ready by November. (I’m on holidays at the moment but am returning to Paris in two weeks), hope you have a fabulous european trip! Jane


    Love this post and lurvvvve the Wolseley… my friend was once there and Madonna was at the table next door xo

  • MagsinMelbournia

    Thank you for this post!!! So excited to add this to the agenda on my UK travels… Love it! X

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