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Room 518, The Savoy, London

The Savoy was Britain’s first luxury hotel, built 125 years ago by the famous English impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte. The great and the good made it their hotel of choice, and former guests include George Gershwin, The Beatles and Winston Churchill. Dubbed ‘London’s most famous hotel’, the grand old place has lost none of its charm.

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Last Look, London

Marits Roberts, 28, is a marketing manager for the British Fashion Council, photographed in Haggerston, East London. He says: “I have lived in London for 10 years; it’s one of the most cultural and creative capitals in the world. I love the variety that the city has to offer. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find it here. This area, Haggerston, is the creative hub of this city”

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Room 220, Ham Yard Hotel, London

Ham Yard Hotel seems to have appeared out of nowhere, revitalising a forgotten space between Great Windmill Street and Denman Street in the heart of Soho. Presiding over a tree-filled courtyard, Ham Yard Village, the 91-room property, with its long cocktail bar, restaurant and outdoor seating, comes alive post-6pm. It boasts a gym, an original 1950s bowling alley, a theatre, a spa and a drawing room-library

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Halkin by Como, London

The Halkin stakes a claim as London’s very first boutique hotel, housed in one of the capital’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, Belgravia, the Georgian-style property is, as you’d expect for such surroundings, elegant, impressive and a tad exclusive. That exclusivity means peace and quiet – no bad thing in our book – and a clientele largely made up of groups from the Middle East, Russia and, perhaps, the odd passing movie star

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Lunch with Cerys Matthews at Zing, London

Kaye Martindale talks to the BBC 6 Music DJ about being a teenage rock star, throwing an axe, and keeping chillies in her bag at all times. She says: “My family follows a tradition of eating breakfast while listening to Cerys Mathews on the BBC radio station, 6 Music. So going to meet her at Zing, an Indian restaurant in London, felt like meeting up with an old friend.”

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Lunch with Leo Green, Little Italy, London

He’s played saxophone for Jerry Lee Lewis, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and more, but don’t ask him how it all happened, he’s not quite sure.

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Lunch with William Skidelsky, St John, London

William Skidelsky has recovered from a 10-year obsession with Roger Federer by writing a book about his fascination with the tennis legend. Gareth Rees talks to the author of Federer And Me over lunch at London’s St John.

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Lunch with Ha-Joon Chang at Sala Thong, Cambridge

The celebrated economist is on a mission to help the masses understand economics.

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Lunch with Gilles Peterson at Primeur, London

The DJ, broadcaster, label boss and record collector emerged from the Acid Jazz subculture of the 1980s to become a stalwart of BBC Radio.

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Lunch with Tom Sellers at Story, London

We meet the UK’s most talked about chef at his Michelin-starred London restaurant, Story.

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Corinthia Hotel, London

There are seven penthouses in this 19th-century London building, each one meticulously decorated to its own theme.

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Lunch with Annie Nightingale at The Engineer, London

Forty-five years after she convinced the BBC to hire her as the first female broadcaster on BBC Radio 1, Annie Nightingale MBE is the station’s longest serving presenter.

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Lunch with Efe Cakarel, Little Social, London

Efe Cakarel, founder and CEO of subscription film streaming service MUBI, is determined to deliver the best of independent cinema to the world.

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Rewind

This virtual reality (VR) and creative production agency is helping change the media landscape before our very eyes.

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Claridge's, London

Claridge’s offers some of the finest suites in the city, the recent Linley refurb in particular something of a triumph.

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Race Town

Newmarket might appear like just another quaint and picturesque English market town, but behind its sleepy exterior lies the very heartbeat of British horse racing.

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Ennismore

The 35-year-old Pasricha is CEO of Ennismore, the company he founded in 2012 to develop a portfolio of unique hospitality properties around the world.

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Lunch with Nick Walker, The Galley, Bristol

The man who once sold US$1.5 million of art in a single day now spends much of his time on the road, launching exhibitions and discussing new projects.

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Lunch with Helen Sharman at Ognisko, London

Twenty-five years ago Dr Helen Sharman made history when she became the first Briton in space. We spoke to the scientist over lunch at Ognisko in London.

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Lunch with James Gay-Rees at Ember's Yard, London

We meet the British film producer behind Senna, Amy and Supersonic for tapas at Soho’s Ember Yard.

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Hotel Cafe Royal, London

Once a meeting place for London’s high society, the Café Royal became the Hotel Café Royal after a four-year transformation in 2008.

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Club Class

The Arts Club is just as relevant today as it was when it was launched by Charles Dickens in 1863.

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Swim Club

From swimming wild in some of London’s most historic parks to stylish bathing in retro lidos, Londoners are taking the plunge like never before.

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London - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Jason Atherton

Jason Atherton, renowned Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur, reveals his favourite places to eat in London. He names the Wolseley, Barrafina and The Ledbury

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Berwick Street, London

If you are in central London and you find yourself trapped amid the chain stores and foot traffic of Oxford Street, take a turn west and escape on to Berwick Street, which, extending deep into the heart of the West End’s infamous Soho neighbourhood, will give you a much more authentic taste of what London is all about. The street’s history can be traced back to the 18th century

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St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel

The Savoy, The Langham, Claridge’s, The Ritz, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera – the list of luxurious London properties with storied histories is undeniably impressive. St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, opened in 2011, is a relative newcomer, but its own story began in the golden age of grand London hotels. The hotel occupies a building designed by the great Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott

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The London Edition, London

The 173-room property is housed in a glorious Georgian building on Fitzrovia’s Berners Street, a short stroll across Oxford Street from London’s Soho neighbourhood. Schrager has managed to retain the historical spirit of the building while infusing the hotel with thoroughly modern chutzpah. The stylish but cosy rooms and suites, replete with wood-panelled walls and floors, are distinctly modern

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Lunch with Dynamo, Hutong, London

Urban illusionist Dynamo makes people laugh, scream and cry. Sometimes he even makes them faint too. Just what would he do at lunch? "He has the same sweet, guileless manner that has made his TV show a hit in 180 territories around the world."

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WilliamVintage, London

In a remarkably short space of time the WilliamVintage brand has evolved from one off pop-up shop to fashion phenomenon. Indeed founder William Banks-Blaney is now known as the King of Vintage and has been appointed Global Style Ambassador for American Express and Fashion Patron of Oxfam.

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Peckham, London

Over the last decade or so the district has benefitted from a concerted regeneration effort, embodied in the Will Aslop-designed Stirling Award-winning Peckham Library, which opened in 2000.

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Claire De Rouen Books, London

A small bookshop that has been delighting collectors of fashion, art and photography publications since 2005.

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ME London

ME London benefits from a fantastic location in The Strand, but you’ll find stopping in can be equally as enjoyable.

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Brown's Hotel, London

If there were a checklist for ‘the quintessential London hotel’, Brown’s Hotel would confidently tick them all off.

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Charlotte Street Hotel

Located in a quiet yet central location, the boutique five-star hotel features quirky interiors toying with the idea of modern English.

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Metropolitan, London

While most central London addresses sit firmly in a box marked ‘exclusive’ these days, there nevertheless still remains a certain cachet for those in the W1 postcode: Mayfair.

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On The Road With The Champ

In 1974, Muhammad Ali was about to face a hulking George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle – the biggest test of his career to date.

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Peter Harrington Rare Books

The original business, specialising in rare books and first editions, began trading on London’s King’s Road back in 1969.

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Lunch with Jo Malone, Scott's, London

The British fragrance queen explains her extraordinary journey to success, over lunch at Scott’s in London.

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Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, London

In little more than three years, The Shard has sharply become something of an icon in the city; a trip to the top almost as essential as seeing Buckingham Palace or the Tower.

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The Zetter Townhouse, London

Take the unmarked doors and exclusive air of a private members’ club, throw in London’s passion for all things hipster, add a dash of Wes Anderson oddness, and you have the Zetter Townhouse.

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Lunch with Nathan Outlaw, Appleton's, North Cornwall

We meet the British chef who recently relaunched Al Mahara in Burj Al Arab, over lunch at Appleton’s at the Vineyard in North Cornwall.

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Chelsea, London

Skirting the north of the River Thames, Chelsea has been affiliated with high society since Henry VIII moved his royal court to the area in the 1600s.

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Hatchard's, London

London’s oldest running bookseller is more than a mere bookstore, and listless city guides all laud this historic spot as a must-see attraction.

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The Real Meal Deal

In a city boasting 79 Michelin stars, Tripadvisor’s 2017 list of its top London restaurants might just surprise you.

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Freemason's Hall, London

Buried among the bars and boutiques of historic Covent Garden is the global headquarters of the world’s oldest social group.

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Henrietta Hotel

Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden is close to both the theatres of the West End and the boutiques, restaurants and nightlife of Soho.

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