The DEPARTURES Guide to London

Alex Spacher


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The Best Hotels in London
From classy Mayfair to edgy Shoreditch, here are a few London hotels that embody the city’s spirit. See the slideshow »

The Quintessential London Hotel
With art deco flourishes and service that could rival that of Downton Abbey, The Beaumont is a newcomer yet already a classic. See the article »

Weekend Escapes From London
From a farmhouse in Oxfordshire to a two-room fairy-tale home in Essex to the charming Sandstone city of Edinburgh, Scotland, a short-list of ideal getaways outside London. See the slideshow »


The Best Bars in London
Pubs with portraits of Winston Churchill on the wall, dimly lit molecular cocktail dens, and rooftop bars—yes, even this rainy city has them—make up some of London’s best nightlife spots. See the slideshow »

Dining Out in London
These chef-driven restaurants will make you reconsider the artfulness of traditional British cooking. See the slideshow »

London Restaurants Worth the Detour
From transportive Korean cuisine to mouth-watering Punjabi cooking, Tom Parker Bowles picks seven of London’s most delicious—and unpretentious—restaurants worth getting on a train for. See the article »

So Long, Soho?
The hotly debated gentrification of this once-grungy nabe has lead to at least one good thing: some of the city’s top eats. See the article »

Dining Out in London: Places That Still Matter
Seven of the city’s stalwart restaurants receive noteworthy updates. See the article »

Dining Out in London: New and Trendy
From a hip, young street-food inspired venue to a 1920s inspired grill, the three newest tables to covet in London. See the article »

The New (Old) Shoreditch
London’s hippest area wasn’t always that way. Here’s how Shoreditch became London’s ultimate signifier of cool—and a few of the best bars to see the scene in action. 
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Can’t Miss Shops and Boutiques in London
From a high concept home design shop inspired by indigenous African art to a menswear boutique in the Duke of Westminster 18th-century residence, London presents a slew of unique options. See the slideshow »

Hedonism: London’s Best Wine Shop
This shop, which holds over 8,000 wines, is owned by a Russian oligarch—and looks like it. See the article »

Notting Hill: A Love Letter
A long-time local resident extols the virtues of the neighborhood, sharing her picks for the top independent spots for spice shopping, book browsing, movie watching, and more. See the article »


London’s Top Museums and Galleries
From the behemoth Tates—Britain and Modern—to the lesser known Timothy Taylor Gallery, London has no small supply of fine art on display. See the slideshow »

Getting Around London
Uber, black car, Gett, Hailo—with so many options to choose from, here's our guide to London by car. See the article »


The Private Members’ Clubs of London
These exclusive spots aren’t just places where stuffy old men gather; they’re stylish, modern, and very highly coveted. See the slideshow »

A Local’s Guide to London
Fashion designer Mary Katrantzou shares her favorite places to eat, shop, and live like a Londoner. See the article »

Photo Credits: Alex Spracher, Courtesy Savoy Hotel, Laura Pannack