Our Concierge’s Favourite Things to do in London
From seminal landmarks to secret shopping destinations, Brown’s Hotel’s concierge has disclosed their favourite things to do in London. For an unparalleled insider experience when visiting the capital, get inspired with these exceptional London addresses.
FORTNUM & MASON
Established in 1707, Fortnum & Mason is the ultimate destination for fine food and wines (and of course, its famous hampers stuffed with exquisite goodies). Peruse the illustrious department store’s grand, gilded hallways for rare loose leaf teas, sumptuous preserves, elegant silverware and unique gifts.
HANDEL & HENDRIX
Discover the immaculately preserved former dwellings of two iconic musicians, whose styles couldn’t be more different. Baroque composer Handel and rock star Jimi Hendrix resided at 25 and 23 Brook Street respectively. Today, the beautiful Georgian townhouses are museums dedicated to preserving their history, where you can step back into the swinging 60s or into 18th century London.
BERRY BROS & RUDD
Wine and spirit merchants of distinction, Berry Bros & Rudd are Britain’s oldest, having traded since 1698. You’ll find over 4,000 wines and spirits at their two St James’s stores. Not only can you shop for exquisite, rare Old and New World vintages, but their experts are also on hand for advice on everything from investing to establishing your own cellar.
London’s most prestigious landmark and home to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, visiting Buckingham Palace is one of the best things to do in London. The Palace’s regal State Rooms offer a captivating window into where the Royal Family entertain dignitaries. Explore the magnificent red Throne Room, the noble Music Room and striking White Drawing Room.
Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly, Shepherd Market is an enchanting little enclave of pretty boutiques, galleries, Victorian pubs and delightful restaurants. Enjoy a coffee at one of Shepherd Market’s many cafes, before shopping for gentlemen’s leather accessories at Gladstone London or fine jewellery at Guy & Max.
Visit Clarence House to see the resplendent London residence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. You can take a guided tour around its enchanting gardens and five ground floor rooms, where the Prince and Duchess undertake engagements. You’ll also see outstanding 20th century works of art from British painters like John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Augustus John.
Home to chic boutiques, stunning galleries and two beautiful parks, this smart corner of London has so much to offer. Discover refined arts and antiques at eminent auction house, Christies, or contemporary works at White Cube, Mason’s Yard. Take a stroll around the lake in St James’s Park to see the pelicans, before admiring the majestic views of St James’s Palace.
PAXTON & WHITFIELD
With two Royal Warrants, Paxton & Whitfield are cheesemongers of excellence, selling artisanal cheese from their Jermyn Street fromagerie for over two hundred years. From intense Lincolnshire Poacher to earthy Coulommiers, pop in to purchase fine English and Continental cheese, preserves and charcuterie.
BERRY BROS © Berry Bros & Rudd
BUCKINGHAM PALACE © iStock/Maui01
CLARENCE HOUSE © Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
FORTNUMS © Fortnum & Mason
HANDEL/HENDRIX © Handel & Hendrix in London
PAXTON © Paxton + Whitfield
SHEPHERD MARKET © shepherdmarket.co.uk
ST JAMES’S © Christie’s Images Limited 2017