From Marylebone to Soho, here’s how to make the most of your weekend in London
The 5-star Marylebone hotel is the perfect place to get out and explore London’s most luxurious borough. Just a short journey from Euston, you’ll be off the train, checked in, and out exploring the city in no time. Don’t be fooled by The Marylebone’s unassuming exterior, as it’s undergone a sleek makeover with warm, contemporary décor throughout. London hotel rooms are exactly famed for their size, but The Marylebone’s Studio Suite’s are surprisingly spacious. Big windows and an open layout mean it’s great to chill out in after a day of shopping and sightseeing.
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A stay at The Marylebone isn’t complete without dining at 108 Brasserie, one of the hotel’s three all-day dining concepts. The Iberico pork fillet with fennel jam, apple sage, and mustard crumb is a must-try. If you fancy something sweet, then try the warm chocolate fondant with peanut butter ice cream – it’s a great way round off your meal.
If there’s such a thing as guilty-pleasure dining then we found it at Dirty Bones in Soho. With four locations across London, Dirty Bones oozes cool. Ask for a booth by the window so you can soak up the Soho atmosphere as you tuck into some New York style comfort food with a backdrop of old-school hip-hop tunes. Eating here is an epic way to do cheat day. Go for the crispy fried chicken with freshly baked waffles, lamb fries, or ‘The Mac Daddy’ – a dry aged steak burger topped with pulled beef short rib, and mac and cheese. A great way to kick off a night out in Soho is with the ‘Spiked Iced Coffee’ cocktail that combines triple espresso, Hennessy cognac, Mozart Dry Chocolate Spirit; it’s creamy, boozy goodness!
As Western Europe’s tallest tower, The Shard boasts some epic views of London – on a clear day, you can see for up to forty miles. If you feel like treating yourself, opt for the Champagne Experience – let’s be honest, what isn’t improved with a glass of bubbly? If it’s dry, make sure to check out the open-air Skydeck on Level 72.
Find out more at theviewfromtheshard.com.
Inject some laidback cool into your wardrobe with a visit to Oliver Spencer’s Soho store. The brand’s been around since 2002 and you might have spotted Spencer’s designs in Selfridges or Liberty of London. Shop his whole collection at his Soho store, as well as accessories, fragrances and grooming products.
Find out more at oliverspencer.co.uk.
Credited with bringing the flat white hype to London, this spot in Soho serves food with an Australian and Kiwi twist. You’ll find locals here, chilling out with, well, flat whites of course. Make sure you get a slice of banana bread with your coffee – you won’t be disappointed!
Find out more at flatwhitesoho.co.uk.
Top up your vinyl collection with a visit to Sister Ray. Thirty years ago, Sister Ray was just a record stall on Camden Market, since then it’s taken root in Soho with a two-floor store. Grab the latest releases as well as a selection of classic albums and rare vinyl here.
Find out more at sisterrayace.tmstor.