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When in London for Frieze
By Robert Michael Poole | October 18, 2014 Print Share
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Frieze London pitches its bespoke tent in regent’s Park for the 12th iteration of the contemporary art fair, running october 15 through 18, with a roster of more than 160 galleries hailing from berlin to Tokyo.

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10 Berners Street
London City of, W1T 3NP

TEL: +44 20 7781 0000

The London Edition

Opening just in time for Fashion Week, the London Edition in Fitzrovia marks designer Ian Schrager’s return to the capital for the first time in 15 years, after opening the Sanderson. Its 173 guest rooms have Schrager’s trademark edgy twist, including dark walnut or light oak–paneled walls, decorated with gilt-framed reworked Dutch Masters  by photographer Hendrik Kerstens. Chef Jason Atherton helms Berner’s Tavern, while the Punch Room, where drinks are served on silver salvers, is custom-made for a cool clientele.

31 St Thomas St
London City of, SE1 3QU

TEL: +44 20 7234 8000

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard

The Shangri-La at the Shard opened on May 6, 2014, becoming the first European property for the Hong Kong-based 5-star hotel chain. According to the Daily Express, some 3,000 people had made advance bookings for the hotel before it has even opened. The hotel has a swimming pool on floor 52, and contains 202 rooms and suites uniquely designed for the shape of the building.

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2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch
London City of, E2 7DD

TEL: +44 20 7729 1051

The Boundary

Each of the 12 rooms and five suites at Terrence Conran’s stunning hotel in London’s trendy Shoreditch neighbourhood, The Boundary, is named after a different designer or art movement. For guests interested in animation and witty commentary, the Heath Robinson room is dedicated to the pre-war cartoonist and satirist. His posters adorn the walls, the headboard features a collage of his drawings, and the room is cheekily furnished with Bauhaus furniture that Robinson mocked, such as Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair.

 

Art from Conran’s personal collection also abounds as well as loot from Royal College of Art shows including pieces by Richard Smith, Javaid Alvi, and Adam Simpson. For a bit to eat, head to either the main restaurant headed by chef Frederick Forster for traditional French recipes with a modern twist, or the Albion café and bakery that serves the most delightful cakes, breads, and full English breakfasts. Their Victoria Sponge and flapjacks are a must. —Samantha Tse

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336–337 The Strand
London City of, WC2R 1HA

TEL: +44 20 7395 3400

Radio Rooftop Bar

Raining again? No problem. This 10th-floor perch at the ME London Hotel boasts all-weather views over neighboring Somerset House and, if you gaze far enough, The London Eye. There are expansive white sofas and fire pits (you’ll need ’em). Recharge on cocktails and tasty tapas (we love the wagyu beef sliders), and enjoy DJs spinning till the wee hours.

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Ebor Street
London City of, E1 6AW

TEL: +44 20 7739 5040

Shoreditch House

Chances are you’ll find yourself heading to an after-party at this East End rooftop hotspot at some point during fashion week. Kick back, cocktail in hand, in the Secret Garden, which features a retractable ceiling, or on an oversize daybed in the open-air Lazy Lawn.

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Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate
London City of, EC2N 4AY

TEL: +44 20 3640 7310

Duck & Waffle

This is dinner with a 40th floor view. Try the strips of crispy pig ear, seasoned with sugar, salt, and spices and served in a paper bag, or the establishment’s namesake waffles with duck confit, fried duck egg, and a hearty dollop of spiced maple syrup, all while gazing upon London’s landmarks.

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201–202 Sloane Street
London City of, SW1X 9QX

TEL: +44 20 3141 7800

Tom Ford

Ford’s first stand-alone British store is an 8,000-square-foot ode to highly polished marble, dark woods, and a ribbon-like central spiral staircase. Take the chance to grab his new fragrance, “Private Blend London” — a woodsy scent in a black bottle — before it becomes available globally.

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53–55 New Bond Street
London City of, W1S 1DG

TEL: +44 20 7495 9250

Dolce & Gabbana

The label’s new tailoring boutique is a three-storey space designed to appeal to the kind of well-traveled chap who can afford antique furniture, floors inlaid with four different types of marble, sharply-tailored suits and time to spare in a traditional barbershop.

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4–5 Old Bond Street
London City of, W1S 4PD

TEL: +44 20 7355 0088

Alexander McQueen

Creative Director Sarah Burton’s vision for the womenswear flagship store, which reopens on Friday, September 13 following a refit by the David Collins studio (the late interior designer also created the Saville Row store), includes wall panels covered in wings, seahorse tails, shells, cacti and more. Expect to see McQueen’s influence in the redesign, such as plaster moldings that follow the shape of his “armadillo” shoe.