Handsome buck with views across the still-a-tad-gritty nabes below. The dark, hunting lodge-as-lobby and bar, plus bucolic Italian Gemma juxtapose with airy, Shaker-sensible yet comfy lodgings with industrial windows. Want to find out more? Click here.
Christian Liaigre’s creamy, iron-clad loft fantasy is the perennial it-spot for fashion and media players, though being in the midst of Soho ‘mall’ means frightful crowds. Check out secret SubMercer bar and happening Mercer Kitchen. Want to find out more? Click here.
It’s fine dining post-Madoff in a cool, sorbet white cocoon, with smooth service and phenomenal French fare at fair prices from fiery chef Paul Liebrand. Take the prix fixe menu.
This well-edited boutique is simply it for vintage denim, but if you’re not feeling blue, they also carry a great collection of high-end pre-loved togs and accessories, as well as their own label of contemporary clothing.
Creative urbanites love the crisp, homely 18th century redux vibe of this handsome nook, with 33 antique-filled rooms as well as all the mod cons you’re used to, in a characterful Clerkenwell location, steeped in history but making a firm crank on the hip handle. Want to find out more? Click here.
The fashion and media set can’t get enough of this English country meets metro-eccentric warehouse touched with the Kit Kemp fabulous stick. The spacious rooms decked out in florals, checks, stripes and candlewick bedspreads, as well as floor to ceiling industrial windows, buzzy Refuel Bar and prime Soho locale makes it one of our favourite places to rest our heads in the capital. Want to find out more? Click here.
Good wine, good meat, good grief let’s eat. This double-storey bistro offers well-priced, knockout artisanal food, plus a stagger list of wine by sustainable, organic or biodynamic wineries. Book ahead for a table, or pop in to snag a seat at the no-res bars.
Sublimely edited, unmissable label collections for him and her by the likes of Balmain and Raf Simons, plus the edgier Browns Focus and fantabulous 12,000 sq ft Browns Shoes just two clicks of your Alaia heels away. Purses out!
A breath of pared back freshness amidst St. Germain’s chintz. With just eleven rooms, crowding, privacy and being a faceless guest aren’t issues. Instead, think contemporary, minimalist design, sylvan wallpaper and windows at either end of the room creating a sense of space, light and air – a stylish gateway to your own Parisian fantasy.
LUXE City Guide Offer: Complimentary mini bar including alcohol, replenished daily.
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Perfectly positioned in the super-chic 6th, this enchanting classic hotel de charme piles it on in a riot of opulent fin de siécle velvets, silks, rich décor and vintage furniture. At once romantic, eccentric and clandestine, L’Hotel manages to pull it all of with considerable applomb and a decent dose of Gallic insouciance.
LUXE City Guide Offer: 20% off room rate from Sunday to Friday in December 2009 and January 2010, plus a complimentary bottle of wine with any lunch reservation at their restaurant. Want to find out more? Click here