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Issue 4: London

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    • Lamb belly with smoked eggplant puree, charred spring onions and radishes. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
      Lamb belly with smoked eggplant puree, charred spring onions and radishes. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
    • Hand crafted plates.  Photograph by Thomas Bowles
      Hand crafted plates. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
    • Eggplant roasting in the oven. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
      Eggplant roasting in the oven. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
    • A bartender finishing a Gibson. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
      A bartender finishing a Gibson. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
    • Salted caramel doughnut with popcorn sugar. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
      Salted caramel doughnut with popcorn sugar. Photograph by Thomas Bowles

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      This industrial-chic restaurant would be as much at home in Brooklyn or San Francisco as here in Dalton. Its modern British cuisine is two steps above classic comfort food, and it is excellent. Expect unique combinations like lamb belly cooked perfectly and plated on a wonderfully silky eggplant puree with a touch of freshness from charred spring onions and radishes. Don’t skip dessert, either: There’s a genius salted caramel doughnut with “popcorn” sugar and clotted cream ice cream. Just be sure to make reservations in advance; this place is a hit among locals and out-of-towners alike.

    • A fountain at Regent's Park. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
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        Clubby and fabulous, Tonteria is named for the Spanish word meaning “something of little consequence” or, more commonly, “nonsense.” It’s an apt name for this Mexican nightclub. Professional party throwers Guy Pelly (who reportedly rubs elbows with Princes Harry and William on a regular basis) and Marc Burton intended to open one of the city’s first serious tequila bars, but their presentation—shots delivered via a toy train, to young women lying in hammocks—couldn’t be less serious. This is a fun time, with a solid bar menu, epic people-watching, and the occasional dancer wearing little but a bathing suit and a luchador mask.

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          Though its facade is very Old England, and almost bank-like, the Town Hall Hotel conceals a wonderful mid-century modern design sensibility, from the chairs in the lobby and rooms to the understated-but-sleek look of the bar and restaurants. Its location is tough to beat—the East side of London is very hip right now, and it’s 15 minutes from Oxford Circus. Try to stop into the Michelin-starred Portuguese restaurant on the premises, Viajante, for a snack or a drink before you leave town.

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          Beetroot, raspberry and horseradish "snow." Photographs by Thomas Bowles
           
           
           
        • Photograph by Thomas Bowles
        • St. Paul's at night. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
          St. Paul's at night. Photograph by Thomas Bowles

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          London has been home to a cathedral dedicated to St. Paul for more than 1,400 years. Here is its fourth incarnation, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built in the late 17th century. Though it is technically a Christian church, replete with services, the cathedral is a huge attraction for any lover of architecture or design. From the crypt (where the Duke of Wellington is buried) to the gorgeous nave and quire sections of the cathedral, it is something to see. Its dome is over 100 meters tall (one of the largest in the world), weighing 65,000 tons, and famously withstood the blitz in World War II. As you wander, don’t forget to look up; some of the most stunning sights are high above you.

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          Confit duck leg with waffles, duck egg and syrup. Photographs by Thomas Bowles
           
          Plating at Duck & Waffle.
           
          Interior of Duck & Waffle.
           
          Apple and scallop on a salt block.
        • Daunt Books, Marylebone. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
          Daunt Books, Marylebone. Photograph by Thomas Bowles

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          The most charming outpost of this London mini-chain is also its original—the first portion of the Marylebone shop opened in 1912. With its pleasant skylights, incredible selection—the travel section in particular is renowned nationwide, if not worldwide—and general panache, Daunt is worth swinging by even if you’re not in the neighborhood. (This is a literary town, after all!)

        • Photograph by Thomas Bowles
          Photograph by Thomas Bowles

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          One of the best ways to get to truly know a city is to visits its outdoor markets, and Borough Market is among the best in Europe. Dating back to the 13th century, the market today encompasses more than 100 vendors. It is a quick jaunt across London Bridge, and these days its pleasures are more diverse than just bread and cheese, eggs and apples: look for 13 different wine, coffee and tea vendors, and more than a dozen bars and restaurants (we adore the Rake, a craft beer bar.)

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            Champagne upon arrival and a stunning view of Kensington Gardens are among the perks of this luxury Victorian hotel. Guests remark upon the incredible service, including doormen who remember you by name when you step out for a stroll and staff who bend over backwards to accommodate every whim. Some rooms border on the rococo—gold-and-white patterned wallpaper matching the bedspread—if that’s your taste, but there are also more modestly appointed options. This being a high-class hotel, there’s a wonderful spa and a fancy restaurant, naturally, but for a pre-dinner cocktail we’re partial to the charming Stables Bar, the equestrian-themed watering hole (and onetime carriage house!) seen here.

          • Liberty London. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
            • Claw foot tub at the Rookery. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
              Claw foot tub at the Rookery. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
            • A sitting area, with fireplace. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
              A sitting area, with fireplace. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
            • A non-paying guest. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
              A non-paying guest. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
            • A suite with a four-poster bed. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
              A suite with a four-poster bed. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
            • Grab drinks and treats at the Honesty Bar; sign your name, and pay when you check out. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
              Grab drinks and treats at the Honesty Bar; sign your name, and pay when you check out. Photograph by Thomas Bowles

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              Built in the mid-eighteenth century, this townhouse is small enough to feel homey, but fancy enough to feel worth the modest splurge. Expect canopied four-poster beds, antique furniture, claw-foot tubs, and other deluxe touches. The service is wonderfully attentive, and the location—near the Bank of England and St. Paul’s—is fantastic. When you need a break from the hubbub of the city, we suggest reading an English novel and sipping a glass of wine in the little private garden just outside the Conservatory.

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              Tandoori breast of Anjou squab pigeon with smoked paprika raita. Photographs by Thomas Bowles
               
              The Cinnamon Club logo.
               
              A collection of fine whiskies.
               
              Chef de cuisine Rakesh Ravindran Nair.
            • Photograph by Thomas Bowles
              Photograph by Thomas Bowles

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              Did you know Buckingham Palace was once simply called Buckingham House? George III bought it in 1761 for his wife, Queen Charlotte, to use as a family home. By the mid-1800s it had been transformed into a proper palace, which Queen Victoria moved into in 1837. Since then it has both housed the royal family and been their administrative headquarters. Don’t miss the famous changing of the Queen’s Guard, which starts at 11:30am daily from April to July (every other day the rest of the year), and is still something to see.

            • Hotel stationery. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
              Hotel stationery. Photograph by Thomas Bowles

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              Gorgeous rooms, location in spades and sweet service are the hallmarks of this boutique Soho hotel. The National Gallery is an easy walk away, as is Piccadilly Circus, and each of the 58 rooms is wonderfully luxe without being stuffy—sort of like an upscale, English B&B. Don’t miss the lovely afternoon tea here, and ask for a room on a higher level—the views of the surrounding area are lovely

            • Warm walnut cake with mascarpone, dark chocolate Ice cream and blood orange sauce. Photograph by Thomas Bowles
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                Many London hotels are dominated by floral patterns and antiquated styling, which can be charming if that’s your style. At the Sofitel, however, the emphasis is more on modern lines, clean design and rooms painted in muted hues. (The one exception to this is the fabulous Rose Lounge, with its powerfully pink couch, afternoon tea service and ubiquitous fresh roses). Don’t miss the spa while you’re here; with an emphasis on French cosmetology, it’s one of the best in town.

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                Clams in broth for sharing at the table. Photographs by Thomas Bowles
                 
                The kitchen at Brawn.
                 
                Seared cod with shrimp and tortellini.
                 
                Setting the table.