Popular restaurants, bars, hotels and boutiques: whether for two hours ot two days, for a business meeting or a pleasant getaway, the following are a sampling of the British capital's latest trendy locations.

Restaurants and bars

The Maze by Gordon Ramsey
10-13 Grosvenor Square – London W1
Designed by the American architect David Rockwell, the Maze serves up French cuisine with Asian influences, highly acclaimed since its opening by all gourmet critics. Time Out has in fact just designated it «Best New Restaurant.»

The Absolute Icebar
29 - 33 Heddon Street - London W1
Inspired by the Absolut Icebar created for the IceHotel in Jukkasjärvi, Finland, the first bar to be made entirely out of ice has just opened on Heddon Street. The Absolut Icebar is the result of a partnership between the Swedish vodka brand Absolut and the owners of the trendy restaurant «Below Zero London.»


Le Below Zero
29 - 33 Heddon Street - London W1
To warm up after the Icebar, head off for its sister restaurant «Below Zero.» «Below Zero London» is a Scandinavian restaurant with a lounge and design ambiance, offering a contemporary nordic cuisine at reasonable prices. Open for lunch and dinner, both for Absolut Icebar customers and visitors.

The Glade at Sketch
9 Conduit Street – London W1
The Glade serves up special theme menus for each ingredient: eggs, chicken, meat, fish, vegetables, cheese and desserts. Note that the restaurant is only open for lunch, from Monday to Saturday. Menus around €50.

Chai Bazaar, London's first tea bar
16, Albemarle Street, Mayfair - London W1
The Chai Bazaar has reinvented the art of tea-making. It has over 30 varieties of Indian tea, including renowned Assam and Darjeeling blends, as well as rarer varieties such as Kashmari Kehwa and Masala Chai, served in «kullars» (earthenware cups). Chai Bazaar also proposes «creative» teas, a mélange of tea, fruit jiuces and alcohol.

The Living Room
3-9 Heddon Street – London W1
Located in a former post office made famous by David Bowie (it appears on the cover of one of his albums), The Living Room combines a restaurant, bar and lounge on 2 floors. The immense bar is on the ground floor, whilst the restaurant's more formal dining hall with an open kitchen is on the first floor.


L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
13-15 West Street - London WC2
Joël Robuchon aims to replicate in London the two existing ateliers in Paris and Tokyo, while also drawing inspiration from the two latest entries recently opened in New York and Chicago.


Paul Smith's Furniture and Curiosity Shop
9 Albemarle Street, Mayfair – London W1
Paul Smith has just opened a new «Furniture and Curiosity Shop» on Albemarle Street, Mayfair, and it's already an event in itself! This upscale boutique proposes a constantly renewed collection of furniture, decor objects and curiosities from around the world. Certain pieces are sold as they are, whereas others are carefully revisited by Paul Smith, and all are unique.


Linley Mayfair
46 Albemarle Street, Mayfair - London W1
After Pimlico, David Linley, nephew to the Queen and furniture designer, has just opened a second boutique in London at 46 Albemarle St, Mayfair. This new store holds all of Linley's contemporary creations: accessories, furniture, lighting, decorative objects…

Spitalfields Market ou
Various buildings in this historic East London market have recently been redeveloped into small trendy boutiques, such as Montezumas (, an excellent British chocolate maker, and Eight Square ( which proposes fashionable decorative objects… You'll also find a shop specialising in olive products (soap, oil…), and an excellent wine merchant. Pashminas and other fashion accessoires abound in the market's stylish shops. For gourmet food, visit the Giraffe restaurant (perfect for the kids), and the typically British Canteen ( ).



B&B Elizabeth
The Elizabeth is a welcoming Bed & Breakfast with a typically English charm and character. Situated in the vicinity of Belgravia, in London's Westminster district, the townhouse overlooks the gardens of Eccleston Square. Elegant rooms at reasonable prices (€85) and, of course, an English breakfast!

Apex City of London Hotel
1 Seething Lane - London EC3
With the arrival of designer boutiques such as Prada, Tiffany & Co, Agent Provocateur and Gucci, and a proliferation of new restaurants, the «City of London» has become the new trendy district. Apex Hotels (the independent group of Scottish hotels) has opened a new contemporary chic establishment, the Apex City of London, located in Seething Lane, just a short distance from the Tower of London. Formerly an office building, the Apex City of London is a luxury hotel comprising 130 rooms. The hotel features 2 restaurants, a lounge bar and trendy spa. From €240 for a double room with breakfast.


N°5 Maddox
5 Maddox Street – London W1S 2QD
A dream location in the heart of London's fashionable Mayfair district, within walking distance of a premier shopping area that includes leading fashion names. For design lovers, enter a universe of colours and contemporary refinement: post-Victorian decor, sleek lines, warm cosy materials (parquet, bamboo, furs…). Beige and brown are the predominant tones in the hotel's twelve suites, some of which include a small terrace with plants. Suites from €399.



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