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London Stop-Over Guide

London Stop-Over Guide

It’s July: the only month we’re allowed to use Australian as an excuse to flee the southern hemisphere for the Damaltian Coast, Greek islands and golden beaches of southern France. Given the high likelihood of your itinerary including a pit-stop in London to catch up with some of your ex-pat pals, we’ve created a 24-hour stop-over guide based on our sojourn there last weekend, so that you can make the most of your jetlag.

0900 CHECK IN

The Ace Hotel

One of the many advantages of the London outpost of The Ace Hotel is its long, beautifully-lit communal workspace in the lobby, where one can while away their jetlag with a sense of faux-productivity, tapping at a laptop keyboard and sipping properly-made coffee for dear life.

Ace Hotel
100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ, UK
www.acehotel.com/london

1000 EAT

 

Albion

It can be a recipe for disaster, the tarted-up-greasy-spoon restaurant concept, but not so at Albion.  The super fresh, high quality ingredients in every unfussy brunch option (fried duck eggs on toast, much?) coupled with the casual, light-filled and beautifully appointed setting make this the best place to acclimatize your stomach to the new timezone.

2-4 Boundary Street
Shoreditch
London E2 7DD

https://albion-uk.london/

 

1100 WANDER THE STREETS

Hostem

Where clothes and handmade leather bags are treated like paintings.

28 Old Nichol St
London E2 7HR
www.hostem.co.uk 

Clerkenwell

Established by a ‘classical pianist and fine wine enthusiast’ who is also the co-founder of Europe’s third-largest tech company, lifestyle concept store Clerkenwell proves that e-commerce is the lethal shake-up that bricks-and-mortar retail needs.  Incorporating a wellness spa, wine bar, restaurant and venue space, as well as more traditional fashion and homewar boutique spaces, Clerkenwell is a 10,000 square foot emporium with a heavy emphasis on English-made wares.  And wine.

155 Farringdon Rd
Clerkenwell
London EC1R 3AD
https://clerkenwell-london.com/

 

Dover Street Market

Five floors of Comme des Garcons is good, but five floors of Comme des Garcons with scones, jam and cream at the top is best.

18-22 Haymarket
London SW1Y 4DG
http://london.doverstreetmarket.com/ 

LNCC

LNCC is the subcultural, high-end counterpoint to Coventry Garden.  Unsurprisingly, for a store housed in a former boxing club, finding LN-CC verges on the impossible. Entry is via two descending flights of red-lit concrete stairs to the basement, buzzing the intercom at an unmarked door and waiting.  Part cocktail lounge, high-end fashion boutique and eccentric library, the goods at this labyrinthine store are displayed across a series of six themed, gallery-style rooms with fit-outs ranging from the minimal (like the ‘transaction room’ where every inch of floor, wall and ceiling is covered in Axminster carpet), to the absurdly futuristic.  New season pieces from Lanvin, Acne, Saint Laurent, and Gucci sit alongisde specially commissioned pieces by Aizen and exclusive mixtapes from Joaquim, Jaques Renault and Tapan.

18-24 Shacklewell Ln
London E8 2EZ
https://www.ln-cc.com/

1700 DRINK AND BE MERRY

Mother Kelly’s

Any bar on Paradise Row has to be ok, but the proximity of this craft beer garden to concept stores in shipping containers and delicious Japanese food makes it the best spot to welcome in (and perhaps spend) the night.

251 Paradise Row
Bethnal Green
London E2 9LE
http://motherkellys.co.uk/

Lights of Soho

Lights of Soho is a hybrid member’s club, gallery and drinking hole that operates as a social enterprise, curating work from up-and-coming artists and giving them a free gallery space to showcase their work, as a head start in the industry.  It’s three floors of hypercolour, boozey magic just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus, and it might not be there forever. Show your support here.

35 Brewer St, Soho 
London W1F 0RX
https://lightsofsoho.com/#

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