City of London
Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square
10 Trinity Sq., City of London
Bank is undergoing a renaissance. Normally, it’s a neighborhood locals avoid because it’s packed with, well, banks and the casual grab-and-go cafes that feed its bankers, that’s all changing. The Ned moved in first, followed by Brigadiers for dinner, and now the Four Seasons have staked their plot at Ten Trinity Square. We love the subtly elegant guest rooms in shades of grey, and the beds are next-level comfy. They’ll let you choose a firm or soft mattress topper; orthopedic or hypo-allergenic pillows; and the most cocooning down duvets. Given the history of the neighborhood, it’s no surprise that the building is positively stately, and with four food and beverage options (including an especially atmospheric rotunda bar that hosts live music acts), there’s no need to leave.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, City of London
Dinner at the Indian restaurant Brigadiers ticks all the right boxes: the pickles, the chutneys, the veggies with yogurt. It’s all so satisfying, which isn’t so surprising when you find out it’s from the same team as the one from Gymkhana and Hoppers (two of our favorite London spots). The sides—dal, raita, and several chutneys—are reason enough to come here. The beef shin biryani and the fruity kulfi (basically, an Indian soft serve-style dessert) are reason enough to come back.
27 Poultry, City of London
Soho House’s Nick Jones has, with his signature pizzazz, created one of the more exciting hotels to hit the capital in recent years. The cavernous lobby of the Ned is totally untraditional—and we dig it. Organized almost like a maze, with Cecconi’s on your right, a huge bar on your left, and a raised platform (often with a full jazz band) in front of you. No walls separate any of these elements, so the entire space booms. The rooms are exquisite, many with wood-paneled walls, enormous beds, and beautifully upholstered furniture. It all feels very Tudor. The minibar is one of the better ones we’ve come across: an antique chest filled with crystal glasses, premium booze, and god this makes us happy, decent tonic. Cowshed products, powerful hair dryers and straighteners, and a deep tub comprise a dream bathroom. Bank Street is, predictably, banker land during the week and a dead zone on the weekend, but given how central it is, it’s a breeze to get around—if you can be bothered to leave the hotel at all. Rooms and lobby aside, the listed, Lutyens-designed building has a hammam-style…
Wild & Wood Coffee
47 London Wall, City of London
With wood-lined walls and repurposed church pew seats, this café is as cozy as it gets. Serving up Monmouth brews exclusively along with some of the best pastries in town from Cocomaya and Clarke's of Kensington, this makes a great pit-stop on a leisurely day out touring the Barbican or nearby Spitalfields. This is the kind of place you'd come accompanied by a great book rather than a laptop.
The Sir John Soane Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, City of London
One of the most wonderful house museums in London, this 19th-century home, designed by the famous architect himself, is exactly as he left it 180 years ago. In his life, he was a well-traveled collector, which is reflected in the way he liked to cram his collections of Etruscan figurines and 16th-century Roman plaster casts on every available surface. In short, it's a multi-story cabinet of curiosities, packed with history and inspiration.
Museum of London
150 London Wall, City of London
Along with their extensive, eclectic collection, and ever-changing exhibits, the museum runs free kids activities every Sunday during term-time and every day during the school holidays.
252 High Holborn, City of London
While Holborn is a little bit random, London's first, ultra-luxurious Rosewood Hotel has all the makings of a classic, from the grand courtyard entrance, to the Asian-inflected, but still very stately British décor, to the splashy Holborn restaurant and Scarfe Bar (featuring illustrator Gerald Scarfe’s humorous wall murals).
The Natural Kitchen
7 Pepys Street, Trinity Square, City of London
The Natural Kitchen is the perfect stop on the High Street: Take a seat at their communal wooden tables and dig into a smoothie and salad. We're hooked on their butcher's chicken sausages. The concept is expanding with more healthy eateries popping up across the city. The concept is expanding fast with locations in Marylebone, and the City.
The Natural Kitchen
15-17 New St. Sq., City of London
The Natural Kitchen is the perfect stop on the High Street: Take a seat at their communal wooden tables and dig into a smoothie and salad. We're hooked on their butcher's chicken sausages. The concept is expanding with more healthy eateries popping up across the city. The concept is expanding fast with locations in Marylebone and Tower Hill, and surely more to come.
Sense Spa London, 252 High Holborn, City of London
Don't expect soft music and a gentle massage. Taking a more clinical approach to facials than a typical spa, the space is stark and clean, and the staff really knows what they're doing. The signature facial combines a round of extractions with a galvanizing treatment which promises to tighten and rejuvenate skin tissue. They also offer some pretty effective peels. There's another location stateside in Los Angeles.