Whether you’re a Londoner looking for a new hang-out, or a visitor to the UK capital, drawn by this weekend’s Jubilee festivities or the summer Olympics, the Wallpaper* City Guide (which is now also available as an iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch app) is a great introduction to some of the most interesting architecture, design, shopping and eating hot spots to be found in the city. The London edition of the guide features some pointers from city insider Camiel Weijenberg, one half of design outfit Mekemei with Talenia Phu Gjardo, whom he met when they were both working at Zaha Hadid’s architecture practice in Clerkenwell.
Weijenberg lives in north-west London, but his favourite eating spot is Brawn, in Columbia Road, home to the popular Sunday flower market. It’s an odd but winning mix of Eastside cool and Mayfair manners, and is an off-shoot of Terroirs in central London, a pioneer of small-plate eating. He’s also a fan of Wild Honey, the modern European sister of Arbutus and Les Deux Salons. He often makes pit-stops at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, run by furniture designers Loïc Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail, who work with artists such as Marc Quinn and specialise in one-off designs.
"Since we create a lot of furniture, I like to check it out," says Weijenberg. When he’s not visiting Cork Street’s galleries, you’ll find him trawling through Alfie's Antique Market and the furniture shops on Marylebone’s Church Street for rare finds. "We bought a few cool pieces for our hotel (Town Hall and Hotel Appartments) there," he says.
The Wallpaper* City Guide also offers an architour, which helps you navigate a route past some of London's many iconic buildings. It includes concrete wonder the National Theatre, East London's Whitechapel gallery and the commonwealth institute, soon to be the site of John Pawson's new Design Museum. Also in the guide is a rundown of some of the UK capital's premier restaurants such as Brit food specialist Hix, 'nuevo tapas' spot Morito, and Soho favourite Polpo. The guide also has hotels to suit all kinds of traveller, whether you're making an overnight trip and looking for something comfortable and compact like the St John Hotel, or the plush, recently restored St Pancras Renaissance. The apps also alow you to plan an itinery and map out your day so you don't miss must-visit architectural point of interest or restaurant.
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