London's Top Tastemakers

Frederic Aranda

Behind the new boom-boom energy of London, these quiet revolutionaires
are making names for themselves.

Despite it all, these days London is in super high gear with a tieless sort
of swagger. The air of the city’s packed theaters, bustling one-off boutiques
and table-jumping brasseries is energized with a sense of quintessential British
stealth, an almost defensive confidence about being relaxed. Restaurants such
as Pollen Street Social, Gilbet Scott and St. John’s Hotel are redefining
British dining with casual food and unfussy ambiance. The Bush, Royal Court
and the politically engaged Tricycle remain the hot theater venues, with writing
that’s fresh and talent that’s homegrown. Meanwhile, shopping stalwarts
like Selfridges are pumping up their edge. Add to this the influx of new luxury
hotels that have opened

and you’ve got another London—with these
seven eclectic tastemakers helping set the tone.