London: On the Ground

Insider Tour London: On the Ground

Go for the royal treatment in England’s capital, a thriving cultural mecca of fashion, music, shopping, restaurants and of course, pubs. Join W London – Leicester Square Insider Jessica Patman as she guides you through London’s sizzling streets, the must-see sights, and the best places to clink glasses.

SIP

Experimental Cocktail Club

13A Gerrard St

 

A speakeasy bar behind an old battered black door in Chinatown gives a secret hideaway to some exceptional libations. Try the Havana and don’t tell anyone where you found it!

 

 

Nightjar

129 City Rd

 

Make sure you make reservations for this subterranean bar with live jazz and blues, cocktails and rare spirits.
Mr. Foggs Tavern

58 St. Martin’s Ln

 

If you ever wondered what it would be like to drink in Victorian London, come to the lively establishment of Phileas J. Fogg for a jolly good time. Make sure you check out the secret gin parlor upstairs for the complete pub experience.

SEE

Ronnie Scotts

47 Firth St

 

Opened by the Brit saxophonist in 1959, this legendary Soho institution made its name as the first club to host American jazz musicians in the UK. Come early and stay late, the jazz just keeps on playing!
National Portrait Gallery

30-40 Orange St

 

This beautifully historic museum has everything from oil paintings of the monarchy to photos of modern sports heroes and celebrities. One of the highlights is the annual BP Portrait Award where the best entrants for the prestigious prize are exhibited.

EAT

Borough Market

1 Wardour St

 

Get a taste of history with London’s oldest gourmet food market; dating back to the thirteenth century.
Balans Soho Society

60-62 Old Compton St

 

This bustling little café is open all day and night. And trust us, the infamous Balans Burger tastes just as good no matter if you’re eating it at 3pm or 3am.

 

 

Chotto Matte

53 Firth St

 

Executive chef Jordan Sclare creates Japanese Peruvian “Nikkei” dishes that capture the bright colors and bold flavors of these two countries, making every dish look just as beautiful as it tastes. Plus, the music sounds pretty good, too.

SHOP

Carnaby Street

43 Carnaby St

 

This pedestrianized shopping street was made famous in the swinging sixties and is still home to numerous fashion and lifestyle retailers, including a large number of independent fashion boutiques. Bring home some clothing finds unlike any others.

 

 

Ray’s Jazz at Foyles

107 Charing Cross Rd

 

The predominantly CD-based stock contains a good selection of blues, avant-garde, gospel, folk and world, but modern jazz is the main theme here. Go on, search away!
& OTHER STORIES

256-258 Regent St
Owned by H&M but designed and produced independently, & Other Stories is aimed at the fashion-savvy shopper. What started as a beauty concept in 2010 has quickly evolved into a fully fledged fashion brand for women, and a great place to stock up on signature wardrobe staples.