Co-founder and nutritional therapist Catherine Sharman devised its gluten- and refined-sugar-free menu, so a full English breakfast from this homely café in yuppie Clerkenwell is sure to be as healthy as it is delicious. Lush potted plants line the bright space where juices packed with organic fruit and vegetables are served alongside the hearty breakfasts.
72 St John St, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4DT
The centre of botanical research in England, these gardens make up 300 acres of natural beauty in West London and boast more than 40,000 types of plants. From the tropical species of the Palm House’s rainforest, to the 10 computer-controlled climates of the Princess of Wales Conservatory (where you can get up close to the famous stinking Titan arum plant), Kew Gardens is a breath of fresh air in the busy metropolis and it’s easy to see how you can spend all day here.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE
Setting designer clothing from around the world in cool, chic spaces, this revolutionary multi-storey shop is the height of fashion in every sense of the word. Founder Rei Kawakubo’s entire range of Comme des Garçons is on display, as well as an array of stuffed birds, although unfortunately, those are not for sale.
18-22 Haymarket, SW1Y 4DG
The polar opposite of Dover Street Market but no less charming, every weekend Maltby Street has some of the best street food London has to offer. Springing up under the shadow of brick railway arches, crowds can sample artisan coffees, alcohol and food under fluttering bunting, which gives this hip metropolitan market a distinctly village feel.
41 Maltby St, SE1 3PA
A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the city’s museums. The permanent (and free) exhibit Designer Maker User chronicles innovative design from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in a range of disciplines, while specialised temporary exhibitions cover everything from graphic design in politics to Ferraris.
224-238 Kensington High St, W8 6AG
Tie off a day of culture with dinner at this gorgeous French restaurant, which boasts incredible views of Tower Bridge. Situated right next to the river, watch one of London’s most iconic landmarks light up as you dine on the finest French cuisine paired with speciality wines from the 40-page list.
36D Shad Thames, SE1 2YE
This stylish cocktail bar above Soho’s Social Eating House restaurant serves up a whole host of innovative drinks in a relaxed, low-lit setting. The mirrored ceilings, cool leather sofas and vintage mismatched wooden furniture may be a little hard to find at street level (look out for a neon optician’s sign and blindfolded pig doorknocker), but this hidden gem is the perfect place for a nightcap.
58 Poland Street, W1F 7NR