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).
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).