City Guides

London
By Candice Lake

December 15, 2014

As one of the fashion industry’s most recognised influencers, Australian model-turned-street-style photographer Candice Lake now calls London her hometown. The contributing style editor for Vogue Australia not only shares her local knowledge of where to dine and shop but also her favourite child-friendly spots in the British capital. From where to find the best carrot cake in London, to exploring her favourite ‘precinct’, her recommendations will not disappoint…

What are the best restaurants in London?

5 HERTFORD ST, 2-5 Hertford St, Mayfair, London W1J 7RB, United Kingdom
The best members club in London.

ISABEL, 26 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4HY, United Kingdom
Perfect for dinner.

THE COLONY CLUB, 24 Hertford Street, London W1J 7SA, United Kingdom
The Colony Club Restaurant oozes glamour, style and sophistication, perfect for dinner and drinks.

DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE, 69 – 71 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3SE, United Kingdom
For afternoon tea.

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PIED A TERRE, 34 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2NH, United Kingdom
Michelin star restaurant without the fuss.

THE WOLSELEY, 160 Piccadilly, London W1J9EB, United Kingdom
Media types descend here for Modern European food, afternoon tea and grand art deco glamour.

BOROUGH MARKET, 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, United Kingdom
You must try the street food and Monmouth coffee at Borough market.

THE ORANGE PUBLIC HOUSE & HOTEL, 37-39 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NE, United Kingdom
Vist the Orange in Pimlico for a great pub dinner.

ROSE BAKERY, 22 Dover St, London W1S 4LZM, United Kingdom
The best carrot cake in London – originally from Paris. Love this place, it’s at the top of Dover Street Market.

YAUATCHA, 15-17 Broadwick St, London W1F 0DL, United Kingdom
Top-of-the-range, contemporary Chinese dining with expertly-crafted dim-sum and handmade sweets.

BERNERS TAVERN, The London Edition Hotel, 10 Berners St, London W1T 3LF, United Kingdom

SCOTT’S, 20 Mount St, London W1K 2HE, United Kingdom
A selection of market-fresh fish, seafood and caviar plus an elegant oyster and champagne bar.

CASA CRUZ, 123A Clarendon Rd, London W11 4JG, United Kingdom
For a super chic dinner and naughty night out.

CHILTERN FIREHOUSE, 1 Chiltern St, Marleybone, London W1U 7PA, United Kingdom

VAUXHALL TEA HOUSE THEATRE, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL, United Kingdom
Visit the Vauxhall Tea House theatre for the best tea and cake in London.

THE WALLACE RESTAURANT
The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN, United Kingdom. Eat tea and scones at the Wallace Restaurant inside the Wallace Collection Gallery.

THE CHESS CLUB, 1a Chesterfield St, Belgravia, London W1J 5JF, United Kingdom

CLARIDGES, 49 Brook St, London W1K 4HR, United Kingdom

THE CONNAUGHT, Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL, United Kingdom
Perfect for tea.

FARMACY KITCHEN, 74 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH, United Kingdom
Super healthy food, I LOVE this place!

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What are your ultimate fashion/shopping destinations in London?

ALEX EAGLE STUDIO, 6-10 Lexington St, Soho, London W1F 0LB, United Kingdom
The best unique wares, it feels like you’re going into her home.

BURLINGTON ARCADE, 51 Piccadilly, London W1J OQJ, United Kingdom
I love to visit the Burlington arcade when I’m dreaming of jewels

DOVER STREET MARKET, 27 Dover Street, London W1S 4LZ, United Kingdom

WILLIAM VINTAGE, 2 Marylebone St, London W1G 8JQ, United Kingdom

RADIO DAYS VINTAGE87 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London SE1 7AB, United Kingdom

What are the best activities for kids in London?

THE NUTCRACKER AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, Bow Street, London WC2E 9DD, United Kingdom
The nut cracker at the royal opera house in Winter is perfect.

SOMERSET HOUSE ICE SKATING, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, United Kingdom

A boat ride in HYDE PARK, London, United Kingdom

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom

SOUTHBANK SUMMER FESTIVAL, Southbank, SE1 London, United Kingdom
Going to Southbank in Summer during their Summer festival – there are so many great activities for kids.

RICHMOND PARK, Richmond, Greater London, United Kingdom
Bike ride around Richmond Park to see the deer.

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What are the best museums/art galleries in London?

THE TATE BRITAIN, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, United Kingdom

THE BRITISH MUSEUM, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW, United Kingdom

THE BARBICAN, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom

WHITE CUBE, 144-152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ, United Kingdom

THE SOUTH LONDON GALLERY, 65-67 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH, United Kingdom

The South London Gallery (which also has a great cafe)

THE JOHN SOANE MUSEUM, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP, United Kingdom

What are the best ways to spend a weekend in London? 

BOWLING AT HAM YARD HOTEL, Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT, United Kingdom
Such fun and super chic!

GEORGE NORTHWOOD SALON, 24 Wells St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3PH, United Kingdom
Everyone from Alexa to Rosie goes here and they are SO lovely!

LOMAX CHELSEA, 293 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9PZ, United Kingdom
The best gym and personal trainers.  Jonathan Lomax has got me back into shape after both my pregnancies.

THE LANESBOROUGH, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA, United Kingdom
For spa days.

CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN, 66 Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS, United Kingdom
So calm and chic and an oasis away from it all.

SOUTH KENSINGTON CLUB, 38-42 Harrington Rd, Kensington, London SW7 3ND, United Kingdom
Drinks and gym – a winning combination!

What is your favourite ‘precinct’ or area of London?

I love south London.  There are a lot of great cafes and parks and galleries.  There are a lot of artists and artist spaces in South London giving the area a great sense of community.

Do you have any insider tips for London that most people wouldn’t normally know about?

Go to the food markets on the weekend for the best street food.  I love Maltby Street Markets in the railway arches in Bermondsey for great croissants and coffee followed by getting lost in Lasco’s antique shop. You can then pick up lunch from any of the local food traders.  Grab a Boris bike and ride from South to North London through Hyde park.  It is magical at anytime of year and you feel like you have the city to yourself if you go early.

You find Candice on Instagram @candicelake

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