WHERE TO SEE AND BE SEEN: FASHIONABLE FOOD IN LONDON
A hard day parading by the city’s sights is thirsty work, so refresh and recharge at the fashionista’s favourite spots. The Riding House Café is a contemporary brasserie tucked behind the bustle of Oxford Street and is a favourite with press and celebrities alike, providing the perfect pit stop, whatever the time of day. Feel renewed and ready for the week ahead with the detoxing ABC Ginger smoothie or Superfood and Herb Salad, or cosy up with comfort food, with the unctuous Blue Cheese Spelt Risotto. When the evening comes, feel every bit the celebrity with cocktail favourites, Fame and Glossy Mags.
If you’re looking to impress with something a little special, you’ll find it just around the corner from Amba Hotel Marble Arch, at Sixtyone. The reputation of Arnaud Stevens, the Chef Patron, precedes him, having trained with Gordon Ramsey and having held the helm as Executive Chef at the Royal Opera House. Here you will find an exceptional yet contemporary menu, paired with cool cocktails such as its Retro Fashion, Cosmo, or Amba Hotels favourite, the Marble Arch.
SHOP ’TIL YOU DROP: OUR RECOMMENDED RETAIL THERAPY SPOTS
A weekend away can work wonders for the mind and body, so embrace your new zest for life with a spot of shopping. Start at Carnaby Street, perfectly situated at equidistance to both Amba Hotels, where you will find British heritage boutiques from the likes of Barbour, Dr. Martens and Paul Smith.
For a more relaxing experience, escape the crowds and head to Marylebone High Street, a quaint shopping street just a short and picturesque stroll from Amba Hotel Marble Arch. Renowned for its reverence towards independent and artisanal retailers, you’ll find everything from fashion by British designer Margaret Howell to London-born beauty hub Space NK Apothecary and pioneer of British pottery, Emma Bridgewater.
For a more personal experience, you’ll find Portman Village tucked secretly away behind Amba Hotel Marble Arch, offering a unique array of independent treats such as preloved favourite BuyMyWardrobe, London’s longest-standing perfumer, Les Senteurs, and masters of made-to-measure attire, Taliare.
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When life leaves you feeling a little frazzled, take some time out to get back on track. Your agenda may be busy, but there’s many ways to make the most of your stay with time-saving beauty treatments. Despite being new to the neighbourhood, DryBy blow dry bar already has a loyal following, owing to its prime location, glamorous yet homely surroundings and its ability to fit a wash, mini head massage, blow dry and hairstyle from its extensive menu into just 45 minutes – The London comes highly recommended, naturally.
For an exclusive experience that you won’t find back home, head to Charlotte Tilbury’s one and only flagship store. Uncover the secrets behind Britain’s most recognised make-up artist, with a coveted collection that includes The Gift of Red Carpet Skin Travel Kit – just perfect for weekends on the move. Or enjoy a 15 minute masterclass such as the Perfect Red Kiss, for the ultimate VIP treatment.
Melt your stresses away after a long day in the city with a soothing head massage at British heritage spa, Cowshed. This 30 minute treatment, using only the finest English ingredients, promises to release tension, relax the mind and rejuvenate the body, for the perfect end to a perfect stay.
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Grooming is big business in the Capital, and there’s a plethora of treatments on offer for the city gent to sharpen your look. Hailed “the best haircut in town” by men’s style bible, GQ, Joe and Co. is centrally situated in the heart of Soho, and offers traditional wet shaves, beard trims and a quick-fix 30 minute facial for those looking for a brisk booking.
If you’re looking to make a statement back in the office, mix made-to-measure menswear with a brand new look at Alfred Dunhill’s Bourdon House, Mayfair. This striking mansion house was once home to the Duke of Westminster and the aristocratic surroundings alone are worth a visit. Make an appointment with the in-house tailor or sit down to a traditional cutthroat shave, while sipping an Old Fashioned from the Cellar Bar, and leave feeling ready to take on the week ahead.
For Amba Hotel Charing Cross guests preferring to stay a little closer to home, Pall Mall Barbers, located in nearby Trafalgar Square, comes highly recommended. Established in 1896, here you’ll find the perfect antidote to the more contemporary sights of the city, and, as well as beard styling, hair re-styling and luxury wet shaves, you can also choose The Shaving Lesson with their resident master barber, meaning you can take the tricks of the trade, and your brand new look, home with you at the end of your stay.