Our stylish guide on where to eat, shop and stay in London
Words by Saj Azam + Alice Florence Orr
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You’ve got 24 hours in London, what are you going to do?
Regarded as one of the design capitals of the world, London is a city of infinite possibilities. The British capital boasts top restaurants, boutique hotels and globally recognised designers. London is the perfect place for a weekend break, no matter the weather. Rain or shine, there are things to see and discover — not to mention it’s the home of Bombinate HQ. Although we might be biased as to the delights of Shoreditch, we’ve not neglected the other parts of London that make this a true design capital. Read our guide to the best eats, stays and things to do.
Where to stay in London
Located in the Biscuit Building in the heart of East London, Shoreditch House offers style and substance in one package. Boasting compact rooms in true British seaside aesthetic, each room offers a variety of Cowshed products for you to use and mini treats to take away with you. When it comes to wining and dining, grab an informal lunch on Fifth Floor, where the Rooftop restaurant sets immaculate vibes for evening dinner.
Founded on the values of adventure, independence, and cosy spaces, the Treehouse Hotel celebrates childhood memories and all things nostalgia. Sitting a stone’s throw away from Regents Street, this pet-friendly hotel features big bay windows with a breathtaking roof terrace – a leafy escape in the city. Visit Madera to savour re-imagined Mexican cuisine or sit back and relax at Pizzeria Mozza, the first UK restaurant from acclaimed chef Nancy Silverton.
Self-described as “your haven in the city”, Pan Pacific stands moments away from Liverpool Street Station and hosts an array of restaurants, including the signature Straits Kitchen. The perfect place to unwind, Pan Pacific pamper your furry friends with massages, walking and daycare while you take a walk around the city.
Where to eat in London
Located in Soho and in the City of London, Bob Bob Ricard is an iconic eatery that serves a fusion of classic British and Russian eats. An elegant restaurant that encourages a more formal dress code, the luxurious interior takes inspiration from the Orient Express and the Golden Age of Travel. Designed by David Collins, each table is a booth complete with a button that encourages you to “Press for champagne”. Known for their best value fine wine, Bob Bob Ricard capped the mark up of their wine list a decade ago, no matter how expensive the bottle.
Padella is the result of founders Tim and Jordan's dream of opening a pasta bar, serving hand-rolled pasta dishes inspired by their trips to Italy. With two restaurants in London, one in Borough Market near London Bridge and the newest addition in the heart of Shoreditch, Padella know a thing or two about artisan pasta. Their Pici Cacio e Pepe is a firm favourite and their menu offers a wide selection of dishes, fit for every taste.
Focused on creating food that’s sustainable as well as good for our health, everything Farmacy grow, make and serve is designed to be organic and biodynamically prepared — think nutritional dishes, just as nature intended. Their menu also supports local farming. Priding themselves on creating innovative plant-based dishes, you can expect to find a selection of menus including their organic cocktail menu in their Notting Hill restaurant.
Bombinate Tip: Use a spare afternoon to wander around the Tate Modern, home to international modern and contemporary art.
Best places to shop in London
Vintage Stores Brick Lane
If unique vintage finds are your thing, then Brick Lane is the place to be. Covered in iconic graffiti art and buzzing with markets, food and curry houses, it’s the ideal spot for anyone looking for a bargain. Explore the Brick Lane Vintage Market or search through the racks at Here After, Beyond Retro and Serotonin Vintage for one-of-a-kind pieces to cherish. Afterwards, head over to Beigel Bake and grab yourself a bagel from London’s oldest and best bakery.
The home of luxury shopping and flagship stores, Regent Street sits in the centre of London and is hustling and bustling with shoppers all year round. Boasting some of the most distinguished architecture in London, expect to find fashion, wellness, lifestyle, beauty and home brands lining the street, backing up onto the eclectic Carnaby Street, Liberty and Kingly Court.
Portobello Road Markets
Known as the world's largest antique market, the Portobello Road Markets takes place every day with Saturday being the main day of trading, in the picturesque neighbourhood of Notting Hill. With over 1,000 dealers selling every week, expect to find rare finds and collectables, from furniture to jewellery and fashion. Take a break at one of the many food stalls that line the streets or stop by Eggslut for the ultimate brunch bun.
Bombinate Tip: Take a pitstop for a decadent hot chocolate at Said Dal.
Where to drink in London
Tucked away from the bustle of Regents Street in Mayfair, Sketch is a gastro-brasserie with artful drinks, striking art and interior all in one. Situated in an 18th-century townhouse, each room — from the Gallery to the Lecture Room & Library hosts a different theme with quirky surroundings, and let’s not forget the infamous egg-shaped toilets that you won’t want to miss. From afternoon tea to evening dinner, Sketch host a number of menus, just make sure to book in advance.
Hidden behind an ominous looking door in Kingly Court, guarded by gentlemen in classic costumes, Cahoots is a 1940’s themed bar, set inside an abandoned train station. Providing a truly authentic experience, their three spaces: The Underground, Ticket Hall and Control Room are a step back in time with live entertainment seven days a week. Each of their cocktails is carefully crafted and has unique pairings and garnishes.
Offering old-school glamour in Shoreditch and Carnaby, Nightjar is a cocktail bar spinning a new twist on classic recipes and favourites. Serving an extensive list of vintage spirits alongside contemporary tapas, their nightly schedule includes some of the very best jazz, blues, ragtime, funk and swing that London has to offer — perfect for enjoying with one of their renowned cocktails.
Bombinate Tip: Allpress Coffee is an office favourite and the perfect place to refuel.