London Guide: A Concierge’s Summer Hot List
The view over Mayfair, London, from the penthouse balcony at Grosvenor House Suites
There’s no better source for what’s hot then a top-notch hotel concierge. Here, the ultimate insider’s guide to 10 not-to-be-missed London hot spots.
In 2015, we travelled nearly 100,000 miles around the world in search of the best places to go, see, stay and eat for you.
One thing we know for sure: there’s no better source for what’s hot then a top-notch hotel concierge. So, when we thought about London, England, we thought, why not ask for a summer-themed version of Chief Concierge Dan McCaskie of Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living. The suites are perfect for a long weekend in the city, or a home base for a longer stay.
- “The weather is not always as nice as we would like so why not head to the cinema? The Electric in Notting Hill is one of London’s oldest cinemas and definitely the most romantic. Owned by the Soho House group, it’s been beautifully restored, with luxurious leather armchairs, footstools, lush cashmere blankets and waiter service delivering cocktails to your chair. And why not grab a bite to eat before the viewing by visiting the Electric Diner. Evoking a sort of chic US railway car diner, the spot easily delivers on atmosphere.
2. Little Venice – Afternoon Tea – One of my favourite things to do in the summer is to head to Little Venice and take a canal boat ride to Camden Market for a nice lunch. The market is amazing with a truly eclectic mix of stalls … and people.
3. Richmond Park horse riding. I myself am terrified of horses but my girlfriend loves to ride when possible. Richmond Park is so magnificent in the summer with its deer and wide open spaces that experiencing this on horseback is not to be missed. We have in the past arranged picnics to be prepared and customised for delivery once finishing the ride. Seeing the guest in the sun eating strawberries and cream with a huge smile is just magical.
6. Study Art & Fashion: My favourite current exhibit is the Wildlife Photography of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum. For visitors interested in fashion, there is also the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, which is on until October. Guests will see a range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since its founding in 1916. After this exhibit, with inspiration flowing, travelers should hit the streets to shop for London’s best styles. We can assist with shopping appointments at J&M Davidson or Harrys – great for a pair of English loafers!
7. Families: Families will want to explore the ZSL London Zoo, which opened the Land of the Lions exhibit in March. It will visually transport guests to India’s Sasan Gir. Families will walk around the almost 27,000-square-foot exhibit, exploring Indian-themed areas like a train station, crumbling temple clearing, guard hut and more. The zoo’s four lions will be visible, once Land of the Lions opens.
9. Eat: My favourite new restaurant is the M Restaurant. It provides guests will ample space and includes a grill and RAW bar. Plus, there is also a wine bar and lounge with DJs. As for what to order, we hear that there is a very rare Blackmore Wagyu wine. If you’re in the mood for live music, try 100 Wardour Street, which serves delicious food alongside live music.