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July 19, 2012

London Olympics with LUXE City Guides

With just one week to go until the start of the London Olympics, it’s time to check-in to the city’s top hotels, restaurants and night spots, as chosen by the ultra plugged in editors of LUXE City Guides. On your mark, get set, go!

London Olympics with LUXE City Guides  Stay – The Grazing Goat
This woody, 8-roomed groover just off Portman Sq sits atop a popular bar and dining room and is just the spot when you fancy something a little more relaxed and casj but with all the bells and dingdongs – think country house meets sloaney gastropub. Add WiFi, friendly staff plus good room service and you’ve get a handsome city perch without the formality of a hotel. Time, please! 6 New Quebec Street, W1, T: Marble Arch, +44 20 7724 7243

Stay – Dorset Square
After an extensive and expensive revamp, the Kit Kemp-designed Dorset Square Hotel has finally reopened in retail central Marylebone. Inside its beautiful Regency townhouse exterior are 38 individually designed bedrooms, each appointed with bespoke furniture and bold colour palettes, many with picturesque garden views. Downstairs, The Potting Shed restaurant and bar serves Brit classics, while the high-ceilinged Drawing Room is perfect for a spot of afternoon tea. 39-40 Dorset Square, NW1, T: Baker Street, +44 20 7723 7874

Stay – The Connaught
Right in the heart of Mayfair the location of this Edwardian beauty couldn’t be better. More like a luxury club with its creamy, classic and supremely comfy rooms The Connaught offers best of new with reminders of old. Here personal butlers blend seamlessly with in room WIFI. The new Aman Spa creates a far eastern haven with signature treatments inspired by China, Thailand and India. The cosy Coburg bar is perfect for an after dinner brandy while the super sleek Connaught is perfect for a warm up martini. 16 Carlos Place, W1, T: Bond Street, +44 20 7499 7070

Eat – Dabbous
Don’t let the industrial mesh, metal piping and strictly functional corporate canteen fitout put you off, this is an oasis of pristine, full-blooded flavour, as you’d expect of Ollie Dabbous whose previous work at Texture has seen it appear in all editions of LUXE London since it launched. No wonder then we’re fans of his new babe, although getting a table here now is an Augean challenge. If you are lucky enough to have booked far in advance and been granted a table, you’ll find produce-centric small and large plates with a detectable Skandi simplicity and acute attention to clarity of taste. 9 Whitfield Street, London W1, T: Goodge Street, closed Sun-Mon, +44 20 7323 1544

Eat – Upstairs at the Ten Bells
Originally a 3-month pop-up from cooks collectives the Young Turks and The Clove Club, their overwhelming success has meant a permanent fixture for this dining room atop the notorious ‘Jack the Ripper’ pub in Shoreditch. Ledbury alum Giorgio Ravelli headlines a modern-Brit menu of old faves redux, like ox cheek with celeriac, and smoked pork belly with radishes and oat groats. Mismatched crockery plus a playful, relaxed and hip atmosphere make it a fun and tasty night out. 84 Commercial Street, E1, T: Shoreditch High Street, +44 75 3049 2986, Wed-Sat 6-10.30pm, Sun noon-4.30pm

Eat – Delaunay
Sister to the famous Wolseley, and equally popular morning, noon and night, the Viennese café menu features not only schnitzels and wieners, but a whole raft of comfort classics and day-long treats like calves liver and bacon, and Beef Stroganoff. Signature super-efficient service and a great location on Aldwych mean it’s perfect for pre- or post theatre, but do book ahead and even then, be aware you may still have to wait a while at the bar.
55 Aldwych, WC2, T: Covent Garden, +44 20 7499 8558

Whimsy and delight abound at this characterful and eccentric sitting room bar designed by Russell Sage, complete with a taxidermy transvestite cat, log fires, squidgy sofas and acres of oil paintings. The signature house cocktails offer up some bold and unusual combinations, and the small, but elegant crowd are always friendly. Try The Flintock, a dynamite decoction of gin, gunpowder tea, dandelion and burdock bitters. 49 St John’s Square, EC1, T: Farringdon, +44 20 7324 4545

Play – Mark’s Bar at Hix
Low-lit and ambient this cellar bar under the deeply loved Hix restaurant in Soho is a den of Chesterfield sofas, moody mirrors and inventive, often historic drinks using artisanally-sourced ingredients. Try the Gin Punch a la Terrington, a soda-ry mouth blast of gin, lemon sherbert and Green Chartreuse. Friendly and relaxed, it makes a very pleasant bolthole from the fierce see and be scene vibe of Soho. And don’t forget the delicious Hix bar snax too! 66-70 Brewer Street, W1, T: Piccadilly Circus, +44 20 7292 3518

Play – Experimental Cocktail Club
Direct from trouncing all-comers in Paris this ultra speakeasy melts effortlessly onto the London scene with glass after glass of classic reinvention. Try the St-Germain-des-pres, an unexpectedly refreshing mix of Hendricks gin with elderflower liqueur, egg white, chilli, lime and cucumber-yikes. Located right in China Town you must first have reserved formally by email but your biggest challenge will be finding the door to this hidden gem, its worth the hunt. 13A Gerrard Street, W1, T: Leicester Sq, +44 20 7434 3559

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