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City Series: London

One of our favourite girls, Emma Spencer, shares her go-to hot spots in her home town of London for our City Series. If you're planning a trip to London or just feel like some travel inspiration, have a read, it's full of hidden gems and local knowledge.

Favourite restaurant?

I love authentic Indian food, so I absolutely love Dishoom, which has been inspired by traditional Bombay cuisine. The restaurant has several London locations, including Kensington and Covent Garden. I recommend you try Dishoom for breakfast, lunch and dinner – yep, Indian food for breakfast is a must try!

Favourite roof top bar?

I don’t have a favourite roof top bar, but I have two amazing sky lounges to suggest to you! First is Ting Lounge at the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard. You can enjoy the most beautiful panoramic view of London, while indulging in afternoon tea. For a late afternoon/early evening tipple, head to the Rumpus Room at Mondrian Hotel. The plush jewel-tone lounge has a glorious view of London, and delicious cocktails!

Best boutique shopping experience?

I know it’s cliché, but I have to say going to Harrods is a must-do while you’re in London. It is pure luxury and you can easily spend hours there. I love walking through their amazing food section and picking up a salad to go, or a pastry from their patisserie – you also can’t miss their incredible cake section. Liberty London is also one of my go-to stores in London. The heritage listed icon, is a must-visit for their array of unique products from around the world. Their beautiful fashion and dreamy beauty sections are my favourite places to wander around. I also love having a beauty treatment at Liberty, their laser facial by Skin Laundry is fantastic! Shopping in London can be tiring work, so I love heading to Liberty’s Arthur’s Restaurant for lunch, a cake, or an afternoon drink.

Favourite season?

I love winter fashion - you can experiment so much more with different fabrics, textures and styles. However, I hate the cold, so I’d have to choose summer as my favourite. I love summer’s laid back vibe and how you don’t have to make too much of an effort to look chic – throw together a silk top, slides, wide-brim hat and statement earrings, and you’re good to go.

Any hidden gems?   

London has so many gorgeous places to visit for afternoon tea. Millie’s Lounge at The Ned hotel is a great spot, an old vintage hotel, which is full of character and old-school glamour. If you’re keen to splurge, the afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal is perfection. Here you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, in an opulent setting, all while listening to a live pianist. For a quirky afternoon bite, I love heading to Sanderson Hotel for their Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. Their outdoor courtyard is the perfect spot to escape to for a glass of champagne and cute cakes.

Afternoon teas aside – if you’re into wine and cheese, head to Gordon’s Wine Bar in Embankment. The candlelit bar is located underground, so it’s super cosy, perfect for a winter’s night! Grab an overflowing cheese board and a good bottle of wine and enjoy!

Where to stay?  

I love Haymarket Hotel. It is a little on the pricey side, but if you’re looking for a fancy night’s stay in central London, you can’t go wrong. The service, food, décor, facilities, location – everything is to die for! Their sister hotels, Soho Hotel and Ham Yard Hotel, are also fantastic to head to for a drink or a bit to eat. I haven’t stayed in these two – but I can imagine they would be just as fabulous.

Favourite silk shirt by The Fable?

I love all of The Fable silk shirts, they’re classics. They are such great quality, and the style and cut are so timeless. The Dalmatian shirt has to be my favourite, but I have my eye on Poker Face and Speckled Egg – I obviously have a thing for dots at the moment! You also can never go wrong with a white silk shirt, like True White - it’s a must in every wardrobe!
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