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If it’s sunny, head to a green space such as St James Park or Regents Park, and make for the Rose Garden. As this is a city where shopping isn't just a necessity, it's a lifestyle, head to Mount Street, considered by many as the most exclusive shopping street in London. Refuel with oysters at Scott's Restaurant and Bar on Mount Street (+44 (0)20 7495 7309), then browse the new Balenciaga shop or make like Cinderella and see which shoe fits at Christian Louboutin. Substitute heels for highbrow and leaf through the rare books at Bernard Shapero at 32 George Street W1, followed by lunch at media hangout, Cecconi's, at 5 Burlington Gardens (+44 (0)20 7434 1500), then digest the sophisticated exhibits at the Royal Academy. Amble around Shepherds Market or Soho and peruse all the tiny streets and their hidden secrets. Or let the concierge organise a personal tour: Charlie Alexander will tailor a walk through your favourite galleries and museums. Lots of museums are free: try the Photographers’ Gallery; or for others, see www.londonnet.co.uk/museums. Another favourite is the ICA at 12 Carlton House Terrace, which is on the vanguard of cutting-edge of film, art, and music: the bookshop and café is worth a visit alone.
The Wolseley (+44 (0)20 7499 6996) at 160 Piccadilly is a handsome and well-respected restaurant in a former car showroom and serves up superb European brasserie food all day long. Patara (+44 (0)20 7499 6008) right below the apartments at 3 Maddox Street is a fantastic option for excellent Thai cuisine, which can also be ordered direct to your suite.
The Square, at 6–10 Bruton Street (+44 (0)20 7495 7100) is Philip Howard’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant. Expect modern French cuisine, a sleek contemporary setting and sophisticated service.
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Maddox Street is a relatively quiet side street where you can shelter from the chaotic pace of Oxford Street/Regent Street, but you are less than five minutes from both, so this is...more