Discover the latest culture, food and more in London


One thing you can always count on in London is a list of new openings. New York may be the city that never sleeps, but in London there’s a constant rumble of fresh and exciting launches. From stays to European-inspired brasserie delights, flourishing independent businesses to exuberant brunches, the capital is in turmoil.

Enjoy LaLee at Cadogan

Named after the private wagon used by Lillie Langtry, the American-British socialite and longtime mistress of Bertie the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, The LaLee is a new neighborhood restaurant in the heart of Chelsea. Above the restaurant is what was once the golden townhouse where Langtry resided in London, a nod to the place’s playful past steeped in history. The all-day menu promises a plethora of comfort food, such as lobster in butter served with crisps as fine as a pencil, a gooey croque Madame or Monsieur, fresh oysters from Jersey and Maldon. Or try a table-top dish, like Caesar salad, to add a little drama to the meal. It’s the kind of place to spend an evening, week after week.

Try the new truffle menu at Kitchen W8

Owned by Philip Howard and Rebecca Mascarenhas, Kitchen W8 is a must-see Michelin-starred neighborhood restaurant. Launched in 2009, the restaurant is a home for locals and a place to discover for travelers and experience seekers. Offering both an a la carte menu and an evening tasting menu, the dishes are all made with both local and seasonal ingredients. Warm, welcoming and unforgettable, Kitchen W8 launches a limited and exceptional truffle season every fall, offering four varieties of truffles on a single menu.

Discover the Inca Trail brunch in Coya

Coya is already well known for bringing the spirit of Inca heritage to life in London with its award-winning Peruvian restaurants. And their latest Inca Trail brunch is a perfect example. Available on Saturdays, customers will be treated to a delicious menu, accompanied by loud and lively entertainment. The menu features a host of the restaurant’s bestsellers, including crocantes con guacamole; salmon taco; yellowfin tuna ceviche; as well as the Chilean sea bass with rice, lime and chilli; and sirloin steak with crispy shallots, aji limousine, star anise. And to finish, a selection of rich desserts and fresh fruit. As the culinary experience draws to a close, the party continues at the Pisco Bar from 3 p.m.

Book the Lodge with Smarter

We cannot get enough staycations. Or, if you are traveling to London from abroad, why not opt ​​for a sensational multi-story house instead of a hotel suite? A listed building with a history dating back to 1865, The Lodge has both history and charm. The restoration and renovations to this five bedroom property have taken over four years and that attention to detail shows. The modern Gothic Revival design pays homage to the significance of the site, located on the grounds of Fulham Cemetery, and its open-plan design is both tasteful and functional. Distributed over three floors, the property has a large living, dining and entertainment area on the ground floor; four main bedrooms and a fifth bedroom with a trundle bed; five bathrooms; a wine cellar; a well-kept garden; an indoor pool and sauna; and private parking. It is bookable through Smarter, a pioneering, sustainability-focused booking platform for premium vacations.

Start a seasonal flower subscription with the SSAW collective

Founded by florists and flower growers Jess Geissendorfer and Olivia Wilson, and chef Lulu Cox, comes from SSAW Collective, a new flower delivery service, promising fresh, pesticide-free seasonal flowers. Starting in February 2022 and ending in October, sign up for nine months of flowers to rejoice. Choose from a weekly, fortnightly or monthly selection, on Friday you will receive a hand-knotted univariety bouquet of the very best in bloom from the English countryside. You can choose to pick up your bouquet from one of the dedicated collection points or have the flowers delivered to any address in London.

Visit Shane Cooper at the London Edition

Shane Cooper, the name behind the leading non-surgical tailor-made body and facial treatments in London, is teaming up with The London EDITION hotel to host a series of exclusive residences. The monthly series will offer guests and visitors exclusive appointments in one of the hotel’s luxury suites. Every month, Shane brings his Kensington clinic to Fitzrovia, offering tailor-made treatments using a mix of his own products and cutting edge technologies, including radio frequency, LED light therapy and a Cryo Cool lift gun. And you can bottle Shane’s Glow and take it home, as his all-new 50ml Hyaluronic Mist will be available both on Shane’s website and exclusively at the hotel.

Find out when Abby met Claude

Located in the heart of Notting Hill, When Abby Met Claud is the ultimate in all-day dining. With a late license operating Thursday through Saturday, this is one of the few places in London where you can be assured of the quality of the food from 8am to 3am. And beyond the delicious menu, the restaurant’s backstory, opened by two childhood friends, Abby and Claud, is as engaging and authentic as what they serve. Local partnerships are also key, which is why Abby and Claud have teamed up with independent roaster Curious Roo and Ginge’s Kitchen, a baker from West London.

Relax with or treat yourself to stylish glassware from Glasvin

How do you organize the perfect night? New York-based brand Glasvin believes that elegance should be accessible to everyone. By cutting out the middleman and working directly with the factory, the brand is able to offer wine lovers the unparalleled sophistication of mouth-blown glassware at a list price. Traditional wine glasses, stemless glasses, decanters and more, Glasvin is the preferred glassware in many Michelin-starred restaurants and in homes. “Too often, high-quality wine glasses go unused until a special occasion or don’t get used at all for fear they’ll break,” says David Kong, the brand’s founder. “But if there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s that we can’t wait for that perfect excuse to start enjoying life.”

Jack Whitehall at Knightsbridge Pavilion

What’s better than a Christmas pub quiz? One hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall inside the Pavilion, London’s newest plush membership club. Taking place on December 22, the quiz night includes a special menu accompanied by beer and wine, and the opportunity to show off your best general knowledge. Prizes include a two-night stay for your entire quiz team in the 5,000-acre Suffolk Escape Game Reserve and Jack Whitehalll VIP tickets offering a meet and greet with the comedian himself. Knightsbridge has always been a sought-after address, but this sleek multi-story club with a decadent menu by Tom Kerridge and one of the city’s best outdoor patios is immaculate.



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