Head to this cultural hub of old and new – but don’t forget your umbrella
Time Out Dubai staff
The Old: J Sheekey London institution J Sheekey has been serving up some of the city’s finest fresh fish for well over a century. The central London location and high quality of cooking (and admittedly steep prices) have always attracted a fashionable crowd. 28-32 St Martin’s Court (+44 20 7240 2565; www.j-sheekey.co.uk) The New: Albion at The Boundary Project The Terrence Conran-owned Albion calls itself a ‘caff’, but really couldn’t be farther from your archetypal greasy spoon. Within a sleek and elegantly decorated interior, the Albion serves the best in British cuisine at affordable prices. 2-4 Boundary Street, E2 (+44 20 7729 105; www.albioncaff.co.uk)
The Old: Claridge’s The opulent Claridge’s has long been the Mayfair destination for comfort, service and downright decadence. From the lavish art-deco interior style, to Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred restaurant and a world-beating afternoon tea, indulging in a stay at Claridge’s really is an exercise in true 1930s British glamour. Brook Street W1K 4HR (+44 20 7629 8860; www.claridges.co.uk)
The New: The Zetter The Zetter is a modern, stylish and very reasonably priced boutique situated in the esteemed Clerkenwell district. Along with free wifi, 24-hour room service and movies on demand there are also unique touches such as Penguin paperbacks, pink mood lighting and Eley Kishimoto textiles. St John’s Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road (+44 20 7324 4444; www.thezetter.com)
The Old: London Eye Well, oldish – the world’s largest observation wheel is the best way to view the breathtaking cityscape of London. Book one of the ‘flights’, which offer luxuries such as Pimm’s, bubbly or Green & Black’s chocolate to enhance what is already a fantastic experience. Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, (+44 870 5000 600; www.londoneye.co.uk)
The New: Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway The recently opened Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway is an exhilarating experience for nature lovers, offering the chance to roam through a lush woodland canopy 18m above the ground. Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond (+44 20 8332 5655; www.kew.org)
Virgin Atlantic has regular flights from Dubai to London Heathrow airport, currently starting from around Dhs2,700. (www.virgin-atlantic.com).
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