• Friday, September 25, 2020

TripAdvisor: London

London From The Inside
October 17, 2019
By , Associate Editor

Our Galavante founder, Christine Drinan, who’s been to over 100 countries around the world and is on her way to 195, has a local guide of her favorite spots in London, where she often travels.

Places to Stay:

For a classic, we love The Blue Apartment at The Connaught. It’s a total splurge, but it’s amazing. Also, our favorite martini in the world is at The Connaught – they  have the most elaborate martini bar set up.

Alternatively, The Berkeley in Knightsbridge is well-located, and the décor is clean and comfortable. In a city where hotels are expensive, The Berkeley is an excellent value for the luxury.

Places to Eat and Drink:

London is one of those cities where you can find any kind of restaurant your heart desires, at any given time.

A great all-day restaurant is Isabel Mayfair – it’s South American cuisine, with Mediterranean influences. Daphne's is our go-to for Italian, and Sexy Fish is the swanky Asian restaurant with an endless choice of raw-bar menu items, and some of the best cheesecake in the city.

The Chiltern Firehouse is great for after-dinner drinks (or if you can squeeze into the restaurant), and Loulou’s is where we go if our friends are generous and can get us in. Even if you’re not a member there, it’s the place where hottest crowd in London congregates.

Among other must-dine recommendations, we have The Ledbury in Notting Hill, which is the place for a fancy dinner or lunch, and Scott’s for dinner in Mayfair, which is just as posh and highbrow as London itself.

But no visit to London is complete without an Afternoon Tea. Claridge’s is our happy spot for that, as is the Bulgari Hotel, where you feel like you’re on the inside of a yacht.


The London List

Where to Stay:

The Connaught
The Berkeley

Places to Eat and Drink:

Isabel Mayfair
Sexy FishChiltern Firehouse
Loulou’sThe LedburyScott’s
Bulgari Hotel