STAY: Sanctum Soho Hotel
With services including personal shopping, a 24-hour bar and a mixologist who will come to your room with a portable bar, the Sanctum Soho Hotel is a perfect choice for your stay in the city. Its prime location at the heart of the West End adds to its allure, as does its No.20 restaurant, where we suggest sampling the gentleman’s alternative afternoon tea between 3pm and 5pm.
Sanctum Soho Hotel, 20 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NF, +44 (0)20 7292 6100
EAT: Hawksmoor Air Street
Hawksmoor has taken its place at the top of any list of the best steakhouses in London. Its steaks are made from beef from native cattle breeds reared in Britain and are cooked over charcoal for the utmost flavour. We recommend tucking into the fillet at Hawksmoor’s Air Street branch after a busy day in the city.
Hawksmoor Air Street, 5A Air Street, London W1J 0AD, +44 (0)20 7406 3980
RELAX: Ted’s Grooming Room
Stop off at one of Ted Baker’s locations across London for a sharp haircut and an even sharper shave. Using traditional methods from the Ottoman Empire’s master barbers, Ted’s hot towel shave provides a truly invigorating experience which will leave you ready to take on the world. A range of bespoke products and grooming treatments is also available to complete your visit.
Ted’s Grooming Room, 31 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8SP, +44 (0)20 7831 6463
DESIGN A BESPOKE SUIT: Moss
A bespoke suit is the ultimate item for any gentleman’s wardrobe. Book an appointment at Moss on Regent Street for a consultation with a tailor who will help you pick out everything to suit your needs and desires. From the cut and fabric to the lapels and lining, you should end up with a suit that fits you perfectly.
Moss, 88 Regent Street, London W1B 5RS, +44 (0)20 7494 0665
SHOP FOR NEW SHOES: Selfridges
If you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes then there’s no better place to shop than the largest men’s footwear department in the world. Selfridges men’s shoe department covers over 15,000 square feet and houses 72,000 pairs and 3,200 styles from all the finest shoe designers, including John Lobb, Church’s, and Grenson.
Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB, +44 (0)800 123400
AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE FASHION: Topman
A staple on Britain’s high streets, Topman has offered quality clothing at accessible prices for decades. More recently the brand has been noted for its guest collaborations with designers including Stella McCartney, which have helped to give its clothing an added edge. Topman is a must-stop for everything from formal suits and casual wear to shoes and accessories, all in up-to-date styles.
Topman, 36-38 Great Castle Street, London W1W 8LG, +44 (0)844 848 7487
WHISKY MASTERCLASS: Albannach
Be sure to find the time for a whisky masterclass at the Albannach restaurant. The classes are suitable for novices and enthusiasts alike; you will be guided through the complexities of single malt Scotch whisky and be taught how to ‘nose’ and taste whisky from each Scottish region, as well as discovering the drink’s history. You’re sure to leave with a better appreciation of one of Scotland’s most famous products.
Albannach, 66 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DS, +44 (0)20 7930 0066
BEST OF BRITISH DESIGN: Burberry, Hackett, and Dunhill
These quintessentially British brands showcase a range of clothing representing the best the country has to offer. Items such as Burberry’s iconic raincoat and Hackett’s modern take on classic gentlemen’s attire offer smart and stylish options, while Dunhill’s elegant updates on its own heritage provide a sharp and masculine look.
Burberry, 121 Regent Street, London W1B 4TB, +44 (0)20 7806 8904
Hackett, 137-138 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9AY, +44 (0)20 7730 3331
Dunhill, 2 Davies Street, London W1K 3DJ, +44 (0)20 7853 4440