London England

Introducing London

London is a city as much anchored in its tradition as it is evolved by its diversity. A place where ‘gentlemen’ sit for Mayfair luncheon at men’s-only clubs that have been around since the 17th century, while not too far in Shoreditch a naked performance artist straddles a building and asks for donations of menstrual blood. It’s by observing these antiquated traditions clashing with contemporary cultures and beliefs that London becomes a fascinating city. Its dominion stretches for over 1,500sq km and keeping up with it is a full time job. Tracking the city’s best restaurants, hotels, shops and bars while staying on top of its exhibitions and events is a challenge that we take on every day. We may have made a name for ourselves exploring the rest of the globe, but for us London is a world in itself.

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roka sushi

Roka

Goodge Street
£££
trullo islington

Trullo

Highbury & Islington
£££
Mazi London eat loukmades lavendar honey chocolate sorbet

Mazi

Notting Hill
££

Do

Mark Blower ICA June

ICA

Charing Cross

Shop

liberty historical department store london

Liberty

Oxford Circus Station
£££
LN-CC Concept Store High end-fashion London

LN-CC

Dalston Kingsland
££££
Hostem shop London

Hostem

Shoreditch High Street
££££
BLITZ vintage store London second hand

BLITZ

Shoreditch High Street
££

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XOYO dance club Shoreditch London

XOYO

Old street
££

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Editor's Tips

  1. Buy an Oyster card to use on public transportation. Don’t purchase a single journey ticket or day pass.
  2. Do not dawdle near the exits or entrances of tube stations. Commuters will find this very irritating and will likely send a passive aggressive glance your way. Make sure stand on the right side of the escalator and let people in a rush pass on the left. Obviously don’t smile on the tube.
  3. Service is often included in the bill. In cabs, rounding up to the nearest pound or adding one extra is appreciated.
  4. London is a huge city that’s very spread-out; don’t be surprised if Citymapper tells you it’s going to take an hour for you to get to your destination.
  5. In London, humans have the ability to pick up three pints of beer in one go and carry them to the table. Hold the two pints between each middle finger and thumb, and then extend your index fingers and grab the third. Magic.
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