London’s Finest

The Webster’s Founder and President, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, is heading across the pond. What’s new, what’s hot, and what’s a must-do when you’ve only got 24-hours in Great Britain? From Shoreditch to Notting Hill, here’s the London look according to LHD.

Illustration of London, UK  by McKenzie Zalopany.

There’s almost nothing better than a perfect (i.e. sunny!) day in London. Where to begin when you’ve got 24-hours on a such a day! Rain or shine, when in the U.K., my must-do destinations begin at Tate Modern, the national gallery of international modern art and forms in the London borough of Southwark. From there, head towards Mayfair for a walk-through of the Massimo De Carlo Gallery. On exhibition now until March 24th is Josh Smith’s “ I Will Carry the Weight.” Refuel on the famous fish at Scott’s located just up the way. Their lauded for their seasonal menus, by head chef David McCarthy, that serves up the most divine traditional fish and shellfish dishes. It embodies all the best parts of old world London, plus a modern and elegant edge. If you’re craving seafood but eager to explore another end of town, make your way to The Wolseley located on the famed Piccadilly street. The café-restaurant in true European tradition is as grand in its glamorous art deco decor as it is in its grand all-day à la carte menus. Perhaps it’s my tradition, but I refuse to dine on anything but the oyster bar when there. Trust me; you won’t be disappointed. Another never-disappointing destination is Claridge’s. And, what better time to visit than tea time! (Even if not for the cucumber sandwiches, petit fours, and a spot of English breakfast tea, a visit to Claridge’s is essential). For the English, happy hour begins with your midday meals. If you’re not the pub crawl-type, opt for early drinks at Chiltern Firehouse. The Garden Room, designed by Archer Humphryes Architects creates a lovely atmosphere and ambiance. Think Palm Beach-meets-English countryside-meets-modern amenities. I haven’t yet stayed at this Andre Balazs Marylebone hotspot, but, it’s definitely on my list. Before I tip my hat and say ta-ta, what to wear when in foggy London town? Get the London look. Go for classic suiting and then break it up—Thom Browne’s single-breasted tweed sack jacket or Gucci’s heritage homage interlocking GG metallic lurex pleated skirt—and restyle it to wear with your funkier pieces. Try pairing a school girl blazer with a pair of Re/Done jeans. And, then, of course, you can always proudly sport your favorite local London designers. Right now, I can’t get enough of Marques’ Almeida and Simone Rocha.

Here, Laure shines in Calvin Klein. If you like Laure’s little
blush dress, check-out this Lagoa floral dress also by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC.

Illustration of the Buckingham Palace.

Sometimes there’s nothing more fun than indulging in the touristy of tourist traps. Take a tour of Buckingham Palace and walk the grounds to soak up the @theroyalfamily. Who else is excited for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming royal wedding? Can’t wait to see who she ends up wearing for the big day!

Lunch at the Rose Bakery in Dover Street Market is a favorite midday meal.
(If in need of suggestions, try the beetroot & caraway soup with knackered!).
It’s an excellent pit-stop between browsing my favorite designers like Gosha Rubchinskiy, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, and Sacai.

LouLou’s, 2 – 5 Hertford Street, Mayfair; W1J 7RB London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7408 2100.

London’s coolest supper clubs and members only secret nightlife spots are still very much the way it works. Super secret old-school establishments like Lou Lou’s is an invite worth taking. Dress your best—Tome’s wide-leg peplum trousers and a crisp Acne Studios cotton shirt, Gianvito Rossi black mesh idol peep-toe boots, and an Olympia Le-Tan I Can’t Love Anyone clutch for a pop of color—and you’ll be dancing into the early morning hours with the best of them.

Chelsea Flower Show, the Royal Horticultural Society 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PE, UK, +44 20 3176 5800.

No better reason than the Chelsea Flower Show to don a pretty floral piece from this season’s brightest blooming brands including Calvin Klein 205W39NYC (their pink daisy-lace asymmetrical skirt is perfect for a market stroll) and Isa Arfen (her floral cropped trousers are best accessorized with a fresh bouquet of field poppies).

Laure wears a button-down shirt by Céline here.
Get Laure’s London look with this Gucci pierced hearts fil coup’ shirt and Mugler’s jupe zipper skirt.

Margaret Dabbs.

Hands down, the best pedicure I’ve ever had was at Margaret Dabbs’ Notting Hill clinic. Forget everything you know about standard foot spa practices and prepare to be wowed. The Margaret Dabbs’ approach is first and foremost from that of a podiatrist. The procedure is lengthy but meticulous and lasting. It’s equal parts medical-meets-pampering. It’s the perfect prep-procedure for peep toe season!

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK, +44 (0)20 7887 8888.

 Isabel, 26 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4HY, UK, +44 20 3096 9292.

Everyone’s raving about the new nightlife spot Isabel’s. I can’t wait to check it out. Casa Cruz, a sister restaurant, is also said to be the spot to be.

Sketch, 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG, UK, +44 20 7659 4500.

Sketch London is an Insta-dream of a destination. Within an 18th-century townhouse is a little bit of everything: a gastro-brasserie restaurant, David Shrigley’s Gallery, and Pierre Gagnaire’s two Michelin starred lecture room and library. No wonder they offer a map to maneuver through their rooms and stairwells.

London Bridge, London SE1 9DD, UK.

That’s all for now, see you soon!