We are headed to London for the Laver Cup and cannot wait to spend time in one of the world’s greatest destinations. Whether it’s your first time to the bustling metropolis or you are a seasoned visitor to England’s most exciting city, here is our insider guide to the best things to see, do, and eat in London.
Where to Stay in London
Claridge's: This five-star luxury hotel in the heart of Mayfair isn’t only one of the best hotels in London but simply considered one of the best in the world. The hotel dates back to 1812 and the design is elegant and upscale. For those springing for a suite, check out the grand, blue and white Royal Suite or the glamorous Grand Piano suite designed by Diane Von Furstenberg. The hotel offers close proximity to the Bond Street tube and tons of shops and sights on bustling Oxford Street.
The Berkeley: To get a taste of the best of Brit life, you will want to check into The Berkeley. The design is the perfect fusion of classic and contemporary with a crisp gray and white palette. Don’t miss their famous Prêt-à-Portea with tea and cakes inspired by top designers including Lanvin and Prada. This five-star hotel is situated in a desirable location between Hyde Park and posh Knightsbridge. The neighborhood boasts verdant garden squares and stately Victorian homes—and Harrods is within walking distance.
What to Do in London
Wimbledon Lawn & Tennis Museum: If you are like us and tennis obsessed, you can’t miss a visit to the world’s largest tennis museum, where you can learn about the history of the British championship, the top players, their famous grass courts, trophies, and fashion highlights.
Laver Cup: We have always loved the Laver Cup—hosted at the O2 Arena. This year’s match will be the men’s tennis tournament’s fifth edition. The tournament goes on for three days and is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated events in the tennis world.
Hyde Park: This royal park in Westminster is said to be one of Princess Kate’s favorite spots as it was Princess Diana’s. Whether you love to bike, walk, run or ride through the mile-wide park, it offers a lovely backdrop filled with beautiful gardens and walkways.
Where to Drink in London
The Connaught Bar: Nestled in the heart of Mayfair, The Connaught Bar offers the best martinis you’ll find in the city. Enjoy the 1920s Cubist art in this ritzy, smart, and timeless setting. The hotel and bar both have a clubby, insidery feel, harkening back to the days where you had to be recommended to stay there.
Chiltern Firehouse: Be sure to grab a drink at the restaurant of one of London’s most celeb-adored restaurants, which we’re confident you’ll find lives up to the hype. Everything here is perfection from the bites and the beverages to the patrons themselves. If you love signature cocktails with tequila, we recommend ordering the Kinky Matador.
Duke’s: The internationally recognized bar at Duke’s London is as sophisticated as it gets. Whether you opt for a martini or cognac, enjoy the elegance of one of the world’s best bars. Note that they do have a “smart casual” dress code.
Where to Eat in London
Sexy Fish: Fortunately, this chic restaurant lives up to its name. Situated in the Mayfair district, this Asian restaurant is swanky and smart, offering tasty robata-grilled fish, raw-bar items, and more delectable bites in an artful setting.
Cord: Head to the famed Cordon Bleu Institute’s restaurant for exceptional fine dining, innovative menus, and best-in-class service. We particularly prize Cord’s discretion, unmistakable attention to detail, design, and of course its delectable delights. Whether you order à la carte or with a set menu, you can’t go wrong.
Cora Pearl: A chic and cozy restaurant in Covent Garden that feels quintessentially British. This favorite London spot with green velvet banquettes never disappoints. Sunday lunches are heavenly here with a chance to indulge in roasts, crispy potatoes, and yorkshire pudding.
Where to Shop in London
Veronica Beard: While you’re out and about in Mayfair, be sure to check out the upscale women’s brand’s first international outpost on Bruton Street. From tops and tailored jackets to trousers—and of course the exclusive VB x L’Etoile capsule collection—you’re bound to find something you’ll love and adore for both your travels and for years to come from one of our all-time favorite boutiques.
Liberty: No trip to London is complete without a visit to this famed department store. Whether you’re looking for an everyday outfit, accessories, or souvenirs for friends or family, Liberty is one of the can’t-miss shopping destinations in the entire city. Tip: Don’t forget to check out the storied retailer’s in-house fabric line.
Harrods: If you’re shopping in London, there’s no way you can skip on a trip to Harrods, which is one of the world’s premiere luxury department stores. Home to over 5,000 brands across clothing, accessories, beauty, food, decor, and more, you’ll feel like a million bucks—or rather, a million pounds—by traversing the store’s floors. (For a fun yet functional souvenir for yourself or a loved one, we suggest purchasing a branded tote bag or shopper.)