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There’s no place quite like London. Over the past few years, I’ve racked up some pretty special spots that I’d recommend visiting if you’re ever in town.

Lauren

Below you will find my favorite places to eat, see, shop and stay. It isn’t a lengthy list, only my best of the best.

If you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments below or send me a message!

To Eat

LPM London – Nestled near Claridge’s, LPM Restaurant & Bar tantalizes with French Mediterranean delights. From warm prawns to Amalfi lemon-infused chicken, it’s a culinary sensation. Plus, the staff treats you like royalty.

Ivy Chelsea Garden – Nestled in London’s chic Chelsea, The Ivy Chelsea Garden epitomizes luxury dining. Impeccably designed, it boasts a garden terrace, chic interior, and opulent furnishings for an unforgettable experience.

Berners Tavern – Ah, the illustrious Jason Atherton, a maestro of gastronomy. Witness his culinary empire: Little Social, Social Eating House, and the resplendent Berners Tavern. London’s epicurean landscape flourishes under his reign.

Luca – If you’re craving Italian whilst in Londontown, here’s where you go. Luca’s pork ragu is pasta perfection. Crafted with care daily, it’s just one highlight at this chic Italian spot in Farringdon. From the cozy ambiance to the exquisite dishes, you won’t leave disappointed (or hungry).

Sketch London – Where even the divine would blush at the pink overload. No res? No sweat. Take your tea amidst plush booths, reveled in cinematic glamour and fancy AF Finger Foods. Because everything tastes better when it’s tiny.

Sushi Samba – Reservations recommended! Sipping cocktails in the sky, with a view that puts everything else to shame. Sushi? Pretty darn good. Ideal for dates, friend meetups, or sealing deals.

Bob Bob Richard – Where “Press for Champagne” doubles as an arm workout and the decor outshines your Pinterest board. Food? A flavor symphony, especially the lobster mac and cheese—it’s like a culinary hug on those brisk London days.

River Cafe

A.O.K.

Scotts

Chiltern Firehouse

Isabel

Jaks

Daphne’s

Zuma – incredible Japanese fare

Cecconis

Annabel’s

Gymkhana

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Wiltons

Le Gavroche

Araki

La Famiglia

To Stay

The Ritz London – Located in Mayfair, The Ritz epitomizes timeless luxury and impeccable service. Lavish rooms, Michelin-starred dining, and renowned afternoon tea define indulgence at its finest.

The Lanesborough – London’s gem, The Lanesborough, epitomizes luxury. Renowned for its award-winning service, opulent interiors, and exclusive amenities including 24-hour butler service and the acclaimed Lanesborough Club and Spa.

Claridge’s – Hailed as London’s finest, is a dream stay. Amidst refurbishment, I finally experienced its legendary hospitality. From check-in hiccups to Mayfair Suite bliss, I felt regal.

The Goring – Where pampering is truly an art form. A haven for solo or group travelers, boasting the largest hotel garden in central London.

The Connaught – Quintessential luxury in London. Renowned for its impeccable service and chic ambiance, it offers refurbished rooms, top-notch dining, and the exclusive Aman Spa experience is to die for.

To See

Kensington Palace – Indulge in regal splendor at Kensington Palace, an iconic London gem where history meets elegance. A must-visit for those with discerning taste, its majestic halls and manicured gardens provide a captivating glimpse into the world of royalty.

Kew Gardens – Discover the botanical wonderland of Kew Gardens, a sanctuary of natural beauty and horticultural excellence. A must-see oasis in London, its lush landscapes, historic glasshouses, and diverse plant collections offer a serene escape and endless inspiration for the discerning traveler.

National Portrait Gallery – A visual journey through history, where the faces of greatness come to life. A must-see for the cultured elite, it holds portraits of iconic figures, including Kate Middleton, ensuring a royal experience for every visitor.

Chiswick House – A timeless masterpiece of neo-Palladian architecture nestled in London’s verdant landscape. A must-see for the cultured elite, its refined elegance and historic charm promise an unforgettable escape.

V&A – Indulge in the cultural splendor of the V&A, where art, fashion, and design collide in a breathtaking tapestry of creativity. A must-see destination in London, its unparalleled collections and exhibitions promise an immersive journey through history and innovation.

Natural History Museum – Embark on an awe-inspiring voyage through the wonders of nature at London’s Natural History Museum. A must-see for the cultured jet-setter, its captivating exhibits and architectural grandeur promise an immersive experience in the beauty and diversity of our planet.

Petersham Nurseries – A botanical paradise and haven of rustic elegance amidst the urban jungle of London. A must-see for the chic traveler, its enchanting gardens and artisanal offerings promise a sensory escape like no other.

Italian Gardens – An enchanting oasis of tranquility nestled amidst the bustling city. A must-see destination, its classical architecture and serene water features evoke the timeless elegance of Italy, promising a captivating escape for the discerning traveler.

British Museum – Where history and art converge in a spectacular display of human achievement. A must-see for the sophisticated traveler, its iconic collections promise an enriching journey through the ages.

Tate – A must-see for the cultured traveler, its iconic galleries showcase the pinnacle of contemporary and classical art, promising an unforgettable journey through aesthetic brilliance.

For Drinks

Claridges – Nestled in the heart of Central London, this iconic hotel is renowned for its luxurious afternoon tea experience, set amidst the stunning ambiance of its main room.

The Connaught – Great place to pop in for drinks! Total cocktail magicians, crafting drinks that redefine perfection. No wonder The Connaught clinched the title of ‘The World’s Best Bar’ in 2021.

Aqua Kyoto – A chic destination for cocktails in central London, offering stunning views of Regent Street. Impeccable cocktails and a sun-drenched ambiance make it a must-visit spot for the fashionable set seeking an upscale drinking experience.

For Afternoon Tea

The Savoy – If you haven’t heard of The Savoy, Vogue darling, where have you been? London’s crème de la crème since 1889, it pioneered luxury with electric lights and lifts. Fun fact: Black Cabs’ tight turn? All for a swift drop-off at The Savoy’s doorstep.

The Ritz London – In the echelons of London’s elite, The Ritz stands as the pinnacle of glamour. With a legacy steeped in luxury and a setting dripping in opulence, it’s an icon of British refinement. Afternoon tea here is not just an experience—it’s a rite of passage into London’s high society.

The Goring – Treat yourself to an unforgettable Afternoon Tea experience at The Goring, a quintessentially British affair that’s a must for any London itinerary. Indulge in sumptuous treats and fine teas in the charming ambiance of this iconic destination.

The Lanesborough – A lavish affair that’s a must for any London visitor. Treat yourself to delectable pastries, exquisite teas, and impeccable service in the elegant surroundings of this iconic destination.

Claridges – Seated centrally behind beautiful floral displays and a Chihuly glass chandelier, soak in the ambiance of Claridges while feeling transported to another era. Impeccably dressed waitstaff will greet you with Laurent Perrier, setting the stage for a timeless experience.

To Shop

Chelsea

Knightsbridge/Sloane Street

Mayfair/Bond Street

Belgravia (Elizabeth Street)

Pimlico

Walton Street

With Nothing Underneath – if you are shirt obsessive, this is a must-stop. With unparalleled attention to detail in both cut and fabric, these shirts effortlessly elevate any weekend escapade or urban excursion, serving as quintessential wardrobe essentials. Also a Meghan Markle brand favorite.

Fortnum & Mason – A venerable department store founded in 1707, renowned for its exquisite tea salon.

Liberty London – A trip to London isn’t complete without a visit to Liberty. It’s a fashion and lifestyle must-see, embodying the essence of chic sophistication.

Harrod’s – Indulge in luxury at Harrods, London’s iconic retail destination. A veritable temple of style, it’s a must-visit for discerning shoppers seeking the finest in fashion, beauty, and more. With a storied history and a royal connection, including Princess Diana’s affinity, it’s a quintessential London experience.

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Hi, I'm Lauren

The editor of The Real Royals of Windsor. My hope is that this space offers you with the inspiration, tips and tools necessary for you to lead a more regal life.

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