Restaurants & Shopping
Whether you come here to enjoy our rolling countryside, or the renowned theaters of London, you will find so much more than you bargained for. One example of this is our bustling Chinatown, which visitors often hear about for the first time when they get here, but remember for the rest of their lives. Take a trip into the Far East by walking north from Leicester Square into Chinatown, the bustling hub of London’s East Asian community. Whether you’re looking for authentic Chinese shopping or a bite to eat, Chinatown will reward you with goods and flavors you can’t find elsewhere.
The least lofty restaurant in The Shard, but impressive all the same, Aqua is the most patriotic of the lot. Modern tongue-in-cheek takes on British classics such as prawn cocktail, or sausages served with piccalilli are joined by roast meats and grilled fish dishes with clever touches. Produce is sourced locally where possible, including from Borough and Maltby Street markets.
The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 3QU
From tartare to smoked salmon via ceviche, steaks and Japanese black cod, Oblix pulls together international influences to create a cosmopolitan New York-inspired restaurant that majors on wow factor. The vast brunch menu is lofty in itself, but a good way to experience what’s on offer without committing to a whole dinner.
The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 3QU
Located on the 38th and 39th floors SUSHISAMBA delivers a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, culture, music and striking design to the City of London. The location features the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe, offering unparalleled, 360 degree views of the City. Two panoramic glass elevators whisk patrons from the ground to the 39th floor, opening up London from inside-out as the lifts climb further and further upwards.
110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
Soho offers jewelers and specialty fabric shops; be careful when shopping in Soho as a lot of the shops are wholesale only. Some shops will let you buy regardless. There are a few fancy dress shops and some newsagents that are very well stocked with magazines.
Head for the charming Marylebone High Street and you will find boutiques and specialty shops stocking everything from home ware, ribbons and buttons to children’s gifts.
Full of on-trend vintage shops like Beyond Retro around Brick Lane and Commercial Street, you will find plenty of treasures, but expect to pay for the privilege. There’s also famous music and record shops like Rough Trade East on Dray Walk. Walk south to Whitechapel for saris and colorful fashion.
This Pied à Terre offshoot positively purrs with the pleasure and efficiency of a restaurant at the top of its game. Marcus Eaves’s Modern European cooking is accomplished and precise, with imaginative yet well-considered flavours. They look good too: try translucent poached egg sat upon a vibrant green bed of crushed peas and broad beans. The surroundings are like a French take on an Oriental theme, with screens and dark wood; all that’s missing is Kato springing out of a cupboard.
When to go: With friends who admire both style and substance.
What to have: The lunch and pre-theatre menus (6-7pm) are particularly good value at £20.95 for three courses.
This tiny Japanese restaurant, set in a beautiful Georgian townhouse, is a place we recommend for a treat. The contemporary take on Japanese cuisine means small plates are rechristened as ‘Japanese hot tapas’ and nigiri are topped with salsas, truffle and jelly cubes of ponzu (a citrus-tinged soy sauce) – to delicious effect. Dishes are immaculately styled, yet presentation is always trumped by flavour; slivers of lightly seared rosy duck breast served with a shiso salsa and ponzu sauce looks as divine as it tastes. It’s no surprise, then, that a meal here doesn’t come cheap.
When to go: With some fashionable friends in tow – these plates were meant for grazing.
What to have: Tickle your tastebuds with the delightful ‘tar tar’ chips – like mini tacos filled with crabmeat or scallop, salmon and tuna tartare
SHOPPING IN LONDON
Famous Oxford Street is home to a number of major department stores and numerous flagship stores, as well as hundreds of smaller shops. It is the biggest shopping street within Inner London, though not the most expensive or fashionable, and forms part of a larger shopping district with Regent Street, Bond Street and a number of other smaller nearby streets. SELFRIDGES located just on the Oxford Street is voted the best department store in the world, it has all the latest designer collections, must-have toys & gifts for all the family.
Harrods is the first largest shop in whole UK. It continues to astonish and intrigue customers from around the world with first-class service, retail theatre, product quality and an unmatched international brand selection. From haute couture to pet accessories, the finest luxury merchandise is showcased in the lavish setting of the Knightsbridge store, stretching across 7 floors and 330 departments. There are over 27 eateries to satisfy every taste, and a selection of premier services such as Harrods Bank and Gold Bullion services.
Westfield Shopping Centre
Effortlessly cool and always fashionable, London is home to two premier shopping destinations – Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City. At both venues you’ll find haute couture alongside edgy urban trends and high street favourites, with hundreds of shops featuring thousands of leading fashion, home and lifestyle brands. In addition you’ll discover an excellent selection of eateries showcasing global cuisine, and first-rate leisure and entertainment facilities including state-of-the-art cinemas, a bowling alley and a casino. Dedicated multi-lingual Concierge teams are on hand with world-class exclusive services.