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What’s on in London: January

Discover the very best restaurants, hotels and cultural attractions in London this month

Verity Hogan
City Guide
Verity Hogan,


Steam and Rye
Budding Daisy Buchanans will feel right at home at Steam and Rye, a new speakeasy-style restaurant and bar in the heart of the City. Owned by actress Kelly Brook and Nick House of Whisky Mist and Mahiki, the bar exudes old-world charm with a sprinkling of Great Gatsby-inspired glamour. The food menu transports diners to the Deep South with servings of gumbo soup and barbecue ribs, while the playfully concocted cocktails range from the rum, lemon and coconut Maize Balls mix, with a dash of caramel-popcorn syrup, to the darkly tempting Monica Lewinsky with its notes of amaretto, spiced rum, vanilla, hazelnut and chocolate.

Steam and Rye, 147 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT, +44 (0)20 3701 8793


Alternative London
Alternative London aims to show visitors another side of the capital city, with local artists acting as tour guides to the creative East End. The team of film-makers, street artists and illustrators have a wealth of inside information to share, and will highlight the many fine examples of street art that give the area its distinctive character. Those with their own artistic streak should book one of the group’s regular street art workshops – the first step to becoming the next Banksy.

Alternative London Bus, 1-3 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DT

David Lynch: the Factory Photographs at the Photographers’ Gallery
The Photographers’ Gallery has captured the sombre mood of January with its evocative new exhibition, David Lynch: the Factory Photographs. The display features 80 suitably dark and brooding images of derelict factories, shot in black and white in locations as far afield as Germany, Poland, New York and England. Every piece reflects David Lynch’s signature aesthetic, an other-worldly, surreal and ominous feel often found in the director’s films.

The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW, +44 (0)20 7087 9300


Rosewood Hotel
The grand Edwardian Rosewood Hotel offers respite from the bustle of central London, despite being only a 10-minute walk from Covent Garden. The Grade II-listed building exudes heritage appeal with an interior that has been sympathetically restored and now has the feel of a well-preserved British manor house. Cuban mahogany and seven types of marble feature in the décor; the focal point is a grand seven-storey staircase in marble. Each of the hotel’s 262 rooms and 44 suites strike the perfect balance between comfort and style, while details such as Italian bedding, Nespresso coffee machines and designer toiletries add a touch of luxury.

Rosewood Hotel, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, +44 (0)20 7781 8888



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