Behind The Blue Door

Statement Dining | April 7, 2016 |

Living the dream in London:

Where to stay, eat and shop

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When was the last time you enjoyed London as a tourist? Spend some time reacquainting yourself with the city with Behind the Blue Door’s exclusive address book.

 

To the shops: London markets

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If it’s colour you’re after, you can’t go far wrong with London’s vibrant markets. From Columbia Road for beautiful blooms, to Borough Market for top-drawer locally-produced food and drink, there’s plenty to explore.

Off the beaten track, Cabbages and Frocks market in the grounds of Marylebone High Street’s parish church, is a new place to pick up artisan food, drink and vintage finds. Launched by the team behind the London Fashion Designer Sales, it celebrates work by independent designers and craftsmen too.

Also worth a look is Fashion Sunday, held monthly at Oval Space. It’s a collective pop-up by a team of self-confessed design obsessives, aiming to give emerging talent a platform and like-minded support. Showcasing some really exciting new labels, this place strikes ‘insider-tip’ gold.

 

Take time for tea: The Langham London, Regent Street

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Naturally enough, our pick of afternoon tea is The Langham’s Wedgwood afternoon tea. Sip Wedgwood teas alongside chef Cherish Finden’s unique cakes inspired by the brand.

Choose from the Wedgwood Tea Cup, a white chocolate mousse with tropical jelly and dark chocolate sablé and the White Cameo on Blue, a strawberry and white balsamic Victoria sponge. And it’s all served on bespoke Wedgwood Langham Rose bone china.

Click here to discover more about the creative impetus behind the Langham Wedgwood afternoon tea.

 

A winning dinner: Gauthier, Soho

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Ringing a doorbell to gain entry to Alexis Gauthier’s unique French restaurant, (housed in an elegant Georgian townhouse in central Soho) nods to its luxurious approach to dining.

Gauthier’s à la carte features duck, pigeon and lamb, finely balanced with excellent fish choices such as john dory, mullet and Atlantic halibut.

Gauthier may not be the newest kid on the block, which proves it’s no flash in the pan. If you haven’t been yet, we’d advise a booking. Private dining options are also available.

 

Into the night: Morton’s Club, Mayfair

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Overlooking Berkeley Square, Morton’s has been a fixture in Mayfair’s social life for 40 years. It was once the private residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer but was sprinkled with more glamour in the 1920s, when the fast-driving and party-loving Bentley brothers frequented the place.

The new nightclub at Morton’s Club will happily take reservations for a late night, mid-week soiree with friends. Choose from hand-blended cocktails or straightforward bottle service, with plenty of choice. Art is everywhere – the new space features classic fashion photography by Norman Parkinson.

 

And so to bed: Ham Yard, Soho

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A cinema, bowling alley and a roof garden – all in the heart of Soho? It may seem a little far-fetched but Ham Yard is home to all these – along with 91 expertly kitted-out rooms, (all individually designed by Wedgwood designer Kit Kemp), which you won’t want to vacate until you absolutely have to.

Ham Yard turns the idea of matchy-matchy identikit hotels on its head; the attention to detail in this vast ‘urban village’ is worthy of a trip to the capital alone.

 

Want to travel further afield? Before you book, make sure you read our travel guide.

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