• NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

CITY OF LONDON

Where to find the perfect suit, sip or shave among the gleam and grit of London's financial district...

curated by

Des Gunewardena and David Loewi of South Place

Neighborhood Guide: City of London
Des Gunewardena and David Loewi’s first hotel was always going to be in London’s business and banking district, an area known as the 'City of London'. “It’s our turf,” says Gunewardena. “We know the crowd.” Their particular patch, where the City meets Old Street, has none of the West End’s glamor, but scratch the grimy surface and a fresh face lies beneath. “What makes it so exciting architecturally,” says Loewi, “is the development of the new alongside so many gorgeous old buildings.” And while the view on the street is gritty, the gleaming towers of the financial district—including Sir Norman Foster’s ‘gherkin’ and the new Heron Tower—are never far from the eye. Here, Gunewardena and Loewi share their favorite local destinations:
  • SHOPPING

    DS DUNDEE

    "Sharp dressing is de rigueur in the City, and to truly look the part I’d recommend a visit to DS Dundee on Lamb Street–-they made all our male uniforms for the hotel. Ask for Jim, the owner, or Matthew, one of their top designers." 18 Lamb St.
    +44 207 375 2803
    DS DUNDEE

  • ART & CULTURE

    ALL STAR LANES

    "If the kids are in tow, the All Star Lanes, on Brick Lane, is a cool retro bowling alley that does a peanut-butter-and-jelly milkshake called The Elvis."
    95 Brick Lane
    +44 20 7426 9200
    ALL STAR LANES

  • SHOPPING

    F. FLITTNER

    "You’re never fully dressed without a shave, and F. Flittner, in Moorgate, is the epitome of the old-fashioned gentleman’s barber shop." 86 Moorgate
    +44 207 606 4750
    F. FLITTNER

  • SHOPPING

    BOXPARK

    "If they want the latest pair of athletic shoes, head to Boxpark, an amazing pop-up shopping mall made out of shipping containers, next to Shoreditch High Street railway station."

    2-4 Bethnal Green Rd
    +44 207 033 2899
    BOXPARK

  • DINING

    ALBION CAFF

    "For coffee, Terence Conran’s Albion Caff, on the corner of Boundary Street and Redchurch Street, is a haven of quality amid the fashionably scruffy bars." 2-4 Boundary Street,
    Shoreditch
    ALBION CAFF

  • SHOPPING

    SPITALFIELDS MARKET

    "If you are looking for something unusual to take home, Spitalfields Market is brilliant for artisan-made jewelry and furniture. We bought fabulous rhinestone necklaces from one of the stallholders there for all our hostesses in Angler restaurant."

    Brushfield Street
    Spitalfields
    SPITALFIELDS MARKET

Author

SARAH THOMPSON

Tags

NEIGHBORHOODS | SOUTH PLACE | CITY OF LONDON


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