As recommended by Ellen McGrath


Rellik, (everything from £10 earrings to vintage Westwood and a favourite of Kate Moss & Lily Allen).

Orsini (can be slightly overpriced but has some really nice 1920s vintage and Pucci dresses) Howie and Belle (1930s lampshades, reasonably priced vintage and quirky style).

Cecil court (a rather cute street nestled amongst theatres with shops selling old prints and books).


London design museum (image copyright timeout.Com)
Petersham nursery


Visit the Sir John Soane Museum, and marvel at the hidden Hogarths and assorted curios.

Take a walk in St. James’ Park on a sunny day and lounge in the deckchairs. If you’re interested in history go to the Cabinet War rooms afterwards.

On a rainy day wander round the British Museum Egyptian rooms and then go for wonton noodles in Chinatown.

Go to the London Design Museum, saunter along the river path perhaps having lunch at one of the outdoor restaurants, then take a river taxi up to Westminster.

On a Sunday, visit the Colombia Road flower market and shops that line the street, then go to the indescribable Dennis Severs house.

Go for lunch at Petersham nurseries (the restaurant not the cafe), then walk up the river to Kew gardens where you can swelter in the hot Lily house.Travel the world in the Marianne North gallery, and revisit your childhood on the Treetop walkway.


Clarkes (for fresh refined English food with typically English ingredients like samphire or cobnuts. Also delicious freshly baked bread).

Andrew Edmunds (for modern British food with a truly homecooked taste. Also has an excellent wine list).

St John, (meat eaters only!).

Golden Hind, (the best fish and chips in London).

Regency cafe (for a really old-fashioned English breakfast in very authentic 1950s surroundings, as featured in Lock Stock. Closed on Sunday).

Tom’s Diner (also a great place for an English breakfast in a more modern Notting Hill style).

Scotts (for great fish).


Feast on Oscar de la Renta cakes, and Louboutin biscuits at the Berkeley hotel afternoon tea Pret-a-Portea.

Take a traditional English afternoon tea in true Art Deco style at Claridges.

Visit Fortnum and Masons ice cream bar for an over the top sundae, and then pop and buy one of their traditional jams or Gentleman’s Relish afterwards.

Shop at Charbonnel & Walker for classic English rose or violet creams in a padded satin box.

Eat a decadently traditional English Sticky toffee pudding at Green’s restaurant.


The perfect martini at Dukes, so strong they’ll only let you have two!

Claridges Fumoir (indulgent purple decor with black and white photos, and an equally elegant menu of cocktails to match).

Lounge lover (fun eccentric decor).

Have a beer in the Churchill Arms, Kensington Church street (a traditional pub packed full of Churchill memorabilia, a regular bunch of locals, and a warm fire).

ANDREW EDMUNDS | 46 Lexington Street, W1 | T. 020 7437 5708
BRITISH MUSEUM | Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG | T. 020 7323 8299 |
THE BERKELEY HOTEL | Wilton Place, SW1 | T. 020 7235 6000 |
CHARBONNEL & WALKER | 28 Old Bond St, W1S 4BT | T. 020 7491 0939 |
CHURCHILL ARMS | 119 Kensinton Church Street, W8 7LN

CLARIDGES | Brook Street, W1K 4HR | T. 020 7629 8860 |
CLARKES | 124 Kensington Church Street, W8 4BH | T. 020 7221 9225 |
DENNIS SEVERS HOUSE | 18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX
DUKES HOTEL | 35 St. James’s Place, SW1A 1NY |
FORTNUM & MASON | 181 Piccadilly, W1J 9FA | T. 020 7734 8040
GOLDEN HIND | 73 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PN | T. 020 7486 3644
GREEN’S RESTAURANT | 36 Duke Street, SW1Y 6DF | T. 020 7930 4566

HOWIE & BELLE | 52 Chamberlayne Rd, NW10 3JH | T. 020 8964 4553 |
KEW GARDENS | Richmond, TW9 3AB |
LONDON DESIGN MUSEUM | 28 Butlers Wharf, SE1 2YD, 087 0833 9955 |
LOUNGE LOVER | 1 Whitby Street, E1 6JU |
ORSINI | 76 Earls Court Road, W8 6EQ
REGENCY CAFE | 17-19 Regency Street, SW1P 4BY | T. 020 7781 6596

RELLIK | 8 Goldborne Road, W10 |
SIR JOHN SOANE MUSEUM | 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP | T. 020 7405 2107 |
SCOTTS | 20 Mount Street, W1K 2HE | T. 020 7495 7309 |
ST JOHN | 26 St. John Street, EC1 | T. 020 7251 0848
TOM’S DINER | 226 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH | T. 087 1075 8997

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