What do Oxford Street, Hyde Park, Selfridges and the inimitable Mayfair all have in common? Not only are they some of London’s most celebrated sights, they’re also all connected by Marble Arch – a buzzing London district nestled right in the heart of the city, on the doorstep of everything. This vibrant neighbourhood connects you right to London’s cultural core, it’s also home to a plethora of undiscovered finds, tucked away around every corner. But don’t just take our word for it, hear it instead from the lips of the locals, as our ambassadors present their top tips and tricks for in and around the must-see Marble Arch.
When you want to get close to culture
“The perfect place to wow or be wowed”.
If you’re looking for a destination with a difference, Wigmore Hall delivers on traditional grandeur and impressive architecture, and is world-renowned as one of music’s finest concert halls. Soon to celebrate 115 years, it pays homage to a diverse range of classical and contemporary musicians and celebrates the best in musical mastery.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
“Prepare a picnic and some Pimms and enjoy an evening at the theatre from under the stars”.
No summer in London would be complete without an evening spent frolicking al fresco with fellow theatre-goers. Set in the heart of one of London’s prettiest parks, you can enjoy British classics from the likes of Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Just add blankets, great company and another very British tradition – a sip of Pimms.
Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum
“You don’t have to be a science fanatic to love this medical museum experience”.
Lorenzo, Bar & Restaurant Team
You’re likely to have read all about the Natural History Museum, Tate and the V&A, but few have heard about the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum. Set in a tiny lab within St Mary’s hospital, you’ll find a personal cultural experience in an intimate setting, for those seeking something a little different. Hear all about the stories and secrets of how penicillin was stumbled upon by chance, and how it went on to revolutionise the face of medicine around the world.
When you want to refresh and recharge
“La Fromagerie is a great lunch spot to enjoy good wine, fresh food and great company”.
Evgenia, Bar & Restaurant Team
If, like Evgenia, you’re partial to a little cheese, wine, great quality fresh produce and a laid-back vibe, head to La Fromagerie for lunch or a post-shopping pit stop. Gather around the sharing table and feel like you’re in the country kitchen of a culinary masterchef, while catching up with friends and chatting with the other patrons in this fabulously friendly affair.
“You can’t beat Mr Fogg’s, an unusual tavern that comes highly recommended”.
Feel like you’ve travelled around the world with Phileas himself, as you sip a gin cocktail surrounded by 80 days and more of holiday paraphernalia, in this watering hole treasure trove. With a calendar jam-packed with sing-a-long events and tipsy teas too, there’s always a reason to return to this Mayfair favourite.
“Forest on the Roof at Selfridges is perfect for a romantic evening sipping cocktails under the city sky”.
Krys, Bar & Restaurant Team
Rooftop settings are hard to find in the capital, so take full advantage of this hidden gem tucked up high around the corner, at the top of iconic department store, Selfridges. There’s an exciting seasonal menu bursting with fresh local ingredients, and the cocktails are very hard to beat. Plus you’ll also get to sample the fashions, homewares and foodie favourites on offer in London’s most celebrated shopping destination on the way back down.
When you want to escape the crowds
St Christopher’s Place
“When you’re ready for a break seek out St Christopher’s Place for a much-needed sit down and a cup of tea!”
There are few shopping pilgrimages that compare to a trip pounding the pavement of popular Oxford Street, with its bustling streets, gargantuan flagships and fashion fanatics. But when you’re ready for a breather, slip between the cracks at Crina’s favourite spot, hidden away from the main drag – St Christopher’s Place. It’s a welcome reprieve and packed with fabulous coffee shops and foodie finds, such as Patty and Bun, Ping Pong and Carluccio’s. It’s also home to British fashion favourites Reiss, Whistles and Mulberry, for when you’re ready to ease yourself back into more retail therapy.
“Hyde Park – it’s almost a city in itself! I could get lost in there for days, there’s so much to see and do”.
Hyde Park is the ultimate playground for big and little kids alike. From rowing on the Serpentine, horse trekking and rollerskating past fellow park-goers, to lazy picnics and people watching at the Lido Bar, it has it all. Public speakers and passers-by can both enjoy the soapbox spectacle that is Speakers’ Corner, where locals wax lyrical about hot topics close to their hearts, and cause quite the social stir. For a more relaxing affair, visit the open-air theatre, to enjoy British classics from the likes of Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Just add blankets, great company, and your favourite tipple.
When you want to learn something new
Cookery course at L’atelier des Chefs
“Take home new skills from your stay with a cookery course at L’atelier des Chefs”.
If you’re looking to expand your knowledge and learn something new during your stay, L’atelier des Chefs is an interactive cookery school that’s well worth a visit. Learn how to cook a great steak, perfect your pastry skills, discover the secrets of classic British cuisine, or get right on trend with their street food masterclass.
“Meet new friends, wine and dine, and learn something new”.
Agneta, Meetings & Events
It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get creative at Homemade London. There’s nothing more therapeutic than whiling away an afternoon creating the perfect scent at a perfume-making class, learning the art of screenprinting or, Agneta’s personal favourite, bag-making. The small intimate studio setting welcomes all abilities, and you’ll also enjoy a glass of wine, light supper or afternoon tea as you finesse your creations.
When you want to unwind
Hersheson’s Blow Dry bar
“If you’re getting ready for an evening out or just fancy some me-time, Hersheson’s Blow Dry bar is total indulgence”.
Lis, Meetings & Events
Need a little time-out from the tourist trail? Hunt out Hersheson’s Blow Dry bar, nestled within British shopping institution Selfridges. This quick-fix treat will have you looking red carpet ready in no time – choose from the Bardot, B52 or Lis’s top pick, the Wavy Gravy.
“Get ready for the week ahead with a traditional wet shave at Gentleman’s Tonic”.
Men’s grooming is big business in the capital right now, and there’s no better way to fix up and look sharp for that big event, or recharge ready for the week ahead than a trip to Gentleman’s Tonic. The extensive menu ranges from beard trims, haircuts and traditional wet shaves, to facials, waxing and rejuvenating scrubs.