Hidden Gems and Trendy Hotspots – How to Tour London in Only 36 Hours

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There’s practically nothing you can’t do in London – especially during the summer months. The city is transformed into a hot and happening destination with lively street fairs, pop-up eateries, al fresco swimming pools in public parks, and – best of all – 9 p.m. sunsets.

There’s never a dull moment and the choices can feel overwhelming in the best way possible. If you’re pressed for time, however, you’ll want to restrict your itinerary to the city’s most exciting new hotspots and hidden gems. Here, Savoir Flair narrows down where you should go if you have only 36 hours in London.

Pergola on the Roof

Open for its second summer in a row, Pergola on the Roof is the definitive rooftop destination in the city. A perfect spot for drinks and dining, this relaxed environment hosts some of London’s most popular restaurants such as Patty & Bun and Breddos Tacos. With its combination of feel-good music and delicious street food, Pergola on the Roof turns unused areas – such as abandoned car parks – into lively outdoor spaces. While you can simply walk in, a reservation is recommended if you’d like to skip the queue.

Wood Lane, White City

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Alex Eagle Studio

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the likes of Harrods or Selfridges, but still looking for a luxury shopping destination, look no further than Alex Eagle Studio. The warm space was founded by stylist and creative director Alex Eagle. Stocking a variety of high-end brands including Vilshenko and Pleats Please by Issey Miyake, along with the occasional vintage Givenchy piece, the store offers an expertly curated mix of brands. And fashion isn’t the only focus here; there’s also art, furniture, photography, ceramics, and rare books – all of which are hand-selected by Eagle herself.

6-10 Lexington St, Soho
(+44) 207 589 0588

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This family-style Sri Lankan restaurant embodies the best of Soho’s eclectic dining scene. The small and stylish spot operates on a first-come-first-serve basis and there’s often a queue around the corner. With its menu doubling as a glossary, you can find modern takes on classic Sri Lankan dishes such hoppers (bowl-shaped crepes made from fermented rice and coconut milk) and idli (steamed rice cakes) eaten with deliciously creamy curries, making Hoppers the perfect place to visit when you’re feeling adventurous.

49 Frith Street, Soho

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Photo: Courtesy of @HoppersLondon

Frieze Sculpture 2017

A wander through this stunning outdoor exhibition is a must. Scattered across Regent’s Park and curated by Clare Lilley, the art pieces at Frieze Sculpture 2017 have been submitted by leading galleries worldwide. With artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz and Sarah Sze on the roster, you can expect truly extraordinary works. The exhibition will run until October 8th.

Regent’s Park, North London

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The Ned

The latest concept by Soho House group comes to life in this exciting new venue in the heart of London. The grand building, formerly used as a bank, was designed by British architect Sir Edwin “Ned” Lutyens in 1924. Though the exterior looks intimidating, Soho House has injected it with exceptional style and a new lease of life, transporting visitors back to the roaring 20s. Walking into the hotel, you’ll be greeted by a live band, sometimes complete with burlesque dancers flapping around their feather fans. With nine restaurants, two pools, and a members’ rooftop terrace, it’s no wonder that The Ned has already become the ultimate spot in which to unplug and unwind.

27 Poultry, City of London
(+44) 203 828 2000

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Diana: Her Fashion Story

Running until October 31st, this glamorous exhibition at Kensington Palace presents a sartorial journey through Princess Diana’s iconic, ever-evolving style. It takes you through her most memorable outfits, including the famous ink-blue “Travolta dress” that she wore during her 1985 visit to the White House. Expect to see photographs of the beloved princess wearing the dresses on display as well as original prints of her defining Vanity Fair shoot with Mario Testino. While you’re there, be sure to take in the view from the White Garden, which has been planted with flowers inspired by Diana’s life, style, and image.

The Broadwalk, Kensington Gardens

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The Araki

Nestled in Mayfair, The Araki allows you to indulge in an authentic Japanese “omakase” experience. It opened in 2014 after Chef Mitsuhiro Araki closed his three-star Michelin restaurant in Tokyo and set out to challenge himself by bringing his expert skills to London. You’ll dine on a meticulously planned set menu of nigiri topped with the freshest seasonal ingredients and prepared by Araki himself. This nine-seat restaurant is as minimalist as it is refined, which means you’ll end up focusing solely on the food – and you won’t be disappointed.

12 New Burlington Street, Mayfair
(+44) 207 287 2481

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