AKA expands reach to
Asia Pacific, Europe, Gulf Region
with Ascott the Residence
5 Bentinck Street Marylebone
1 L’Entrecote Marylebone
One may find it slightly strange to only give
one’s patrons one option for dinner, but no one has seemed to complain about
L’Entrecote’s steak frites since the first one opened in 1959. Keeping the original French Bistrot
atmosphere, L’Entrecote has closely spaced wooden table, mirrored walls,
colorful tablecloths covered in paper and hand chipped frites. Keeping with the traditional brasserie style,
you will be given the option to have your steak cooked blue, rare, medium or
well done and it will be served in two stages, so you can enjoy your steak at
its best. Accompanied by the famous
secret recipe sauce that has gone hand in hand with L’Entrecote’s steaks since
1959, you are guaranteed to have a great meal.
Unfortunately they do not take reservations.
2 Meat Liquor
Yiani Papoutsis set out to bring an American classic, the hamburger, to London
and to do it the right way…luckily he most certainly has done so! Serving a patty of ground chuck steak with
plenty of toppings, Meat Liquor reminds you that a simple dish like the
hamburger can still be a delicacy when it is done with dedication. Now for the other half of the name,
Liquor. One barman chops ice from a
solid block, while his colleagues serve classic drinks mixed properly, and if
you order the right one it might even be served in a jam jar. The décor mimics a Lower East Side diner,
with exposed light bulbs and wiring, loud music, and “street art” covering the
walls. Although the ambience may seem
overwhelming, the combination of food and setting makes for a unique experience
that will tempt your palate for more.
Unfortunately they do not take reservations.
in a converted stable block, Orrery is a long, thin restaurant with one wall
lined with banquette seating and large arching windows providing a beautiful
view of the St. Marylebone Church gardens opposite. You won’t need to be sold on their food once
you have seen their famously delicious cheese trolley, showcasing independently
produced cheeses from various regions of France. But if cheese is not your forte you will
definitely enjoy the fresh, local menu that changes almost daily and is known
for the pied de cochon farci and pommes mousseline Madeira and truffle.
4 The Providores & Tapa Room
a creative and innovative menu that continually changes, The Providores
provides the perfect place for a fancy dinner upstairs or a wonderful, casual
breakfast downstairs (also open for lunch and dinner). Taking after creator Peter Gordon, Providores
maintains a New Zealand/Pacific Island feel and cuisine that never ceases to
surprise or amaze. Known for dishes like
smoked coconut tamarind laksa with fish dumplings and soba noodles upstairs or
the glazed duck-filled buns with chili jam downstairs the unique dishes will
catch your eye, but more importantly they will excite your taste buds. Unfortunately they do not take reservations
for the Tapa Room, but reservations are advisable for the Providores.
5 Galvin Bistrot De Luxe
the day its doors opened Bistrot De Luxe has been a favorite of London’s. A seasonally changing menu and high quality
ingredients have led Bistrot De Luxe to the spot of Best French Restaurant two
years in a row. One of the most
knowledgeable staffs in London, the front of house does not hesitate to suggest
wine pairings or offer details on how food is prepared, while still maintaining
friendly conversation. Bistrot De Luxe
provides a bit of London flair to the classic French bistro menu that they so
6 Locanda Locatelli
kitchen is run by the truly amazing head chef Giorgio Locatelli who brings
experience ranging all the way back to the days he worked in his uncle’s
Michelin-starred restaurant at the age of five.
Although the frosted glass windows may seem more Miami Beach than West
End, Locanda Locatelli brings fantastic food straight from the tables of Italy
to this cozy dining room on Seymour Street.
Besides the food, the real highlight of the restaurant is the wine list,
which drops all the way to the floor and consists of Italian classics as well
as never before heard of diamonds in the rough.
Locatelli has and undoubtedly will continue to maintain the very highest
of standards in the culinary industry year after year.
7 Côte Brasserie
Located in the world famous St. Christopher’s Place, Côte is an award-winning French restaurant with cuisine inspired by the many simple bistros in Paris, where locals tend to stray away from over-the-top dining and prefer simple dining. Côte is dedicated to offering classic, delicious dishes to its customers such as Steak Frites and Niçoise salads. Côte is the recipient of the “Best Value Restaurant in the UK” award in 2009. Côte is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering fresh ingredients and affordable dishes all day long.
8 The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection,
situated in an historic town house, is made up of 25 galleries displaying
treasures of a world past. This national
museum maintains a world-famous range of fine arts from the 15th to
19th centuries, an unsurpassed armory, a notably large collection of
Old Master paintings and 18th Century French paintings. Originally the private collection of Richard
Seymour-Conway and then his son Sir Richard Wallace, it was then donated to the
nation by his widow in 1897 and opened to the public in 1900. The only condition of Sir Wallace’s widow was
that the collection remains together as a whole, which is quite unique seeing
as most museums lend pieces on loan.
Admission is free.
9 Marylebone Farmers’ Market
The Marylebone Farmers’
Market is the certified flagship market of London Farmers’ Markets. Each Sunday from 10AM – 2PM Moxon Street Car
Park fills with the widest variety of the fresh ingredients London has to
offer. Local farmers and artisans
provide a huge range of farm grown produce, vegetables, dairy produce, artisan
breads, homemade cakes, organic meat and poultry, farm pressed juices, handmade
preserves and lots more. So if you need
to go grocery shopping or are simply having a lazy Sunday, just follow your
nose to the Moxon Street Car Park. All
products are from within 100 miles of the city limits.
10 The Marylebone Library
One of the many great public libraries that London has
to offer, the Marylebone Library is a great place to find any resource you
might need. They have a vast collection
of books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks, as well as reading groups, children’s
events and very helpful librarians. They
also have access to exclusive online services such as Who’s Who, The Times
Digital Archive, The Economist and Kompass (free for members).
11 Wigmore Hall
Much like New York’s Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall is
stage to which all aspire to play on.
For some it is their first professional performance and a stepping stone
towards a great career, while for some of the world’s most sought-after
soloists and chamber musicians it is merely another stop on an impressive list
of tour destinations. Presenting over
400 events in a single season, Wigmore Hall attracts a loyal crowd of music
lovers and sells over 165,000 tickets a year.
And even if you can’t make it to a show, each week a concert is
broadcast on the radio and the internet on BBC Radio 3.
Offering the world’s
largest shoe department, Selfridges holds within a treat for every
shopper. Providing all the UK with high
fashion, centrally located in one place, Selfridges is a true sight to
behold. And much like the Macy’s windows
in New York City, Selfridges has become famous for displaying beautiful works
of art in their windows, whether literally or with products.
13 Daunt Books
true, old-style book shop, with an almost library setting and beautiful long
oak galleries. The skylights that take
the place of a ceiling provide fantastic, natural reading light all day
long. In addition to the quaint setting,
they have a massive collection of books for sale, so any type of reader can
make Daunt Books home.
14 Regents Park
Originally organized as
hunting grounds for Henry VIII, Regents Park now boasts the largest grass area
in Central London. Providing a variety
of facilities, such as multiple sports fields, an Open Air Theatre, multiple
cafes and restaurants, and the London Zoo.
If Henry VIII were to see the Park as it is today he would not recognize
the colorful gardens and well groomed playing fields that now cover the space.
15 St Christopher's Place
Whether it’s shopping, dining, or people watching, St. Christopher’s Place provides a variety of entertainment for the London traveler. Only a few short minutes from AKA West End, these shop-lined alley ways feature quaint shops including new British fashion brands such as Whistles, Penhaligons and Hobbs. St. Christopher’s Place offers over twenty dining areas each with different tastes to satisfy every palette. Choices range from authentic Italian food at Carluccio’s to pan Asian at Cocochan. If shopping or fine dining aren't your cup of tea, the beautiful and tranquil setting of St. Christopher’s Place offers visitors and locals a chance to stop for a moment and enjoy time away from the hustle and bustle of the busy London streets.