This article is written by our guest author Adam Hyman
For those of you who are looking to leave the comfort of your sofas and left over turkey after Christmas day and hit the sales in town, here are some places in London where you can still grab a decent bite to eat without having to leave the shop. The ultimate way to shop.
Fountain Restaurant, Fortnum and Mason
Fortnum and Mason is an institution. Tourists flock for its quaint old school ways and the service is always immaculate thanks to public school boys earning their ways during the Christmas holidays. The Fountain Restaurant can be entered from the Jermyn Street side of the Piccadilly store and is a David Collins designed room. A perfect place for a brunch before exploring the Bond Street boutiques or taking in some culture at the RA. They also do a great value set lunch and dinner.
DKNY, Old Bond Street
Donna Karan’s flagship store on Old Bond Street is reminiscent of a New York fashion show runway with its industrial style decor and theatre style lighting. The DKNY cafe is at the front of the store and is a great place to perch for a smoothie or glass of fizz before hitting the shops. Ladies, it is also a great place to leave your other half with the papers and a coffee while you go shopping. These are not Pret a Manger prices but you pay for the people watching.
Bond & Brooks, Fenwicks
Ideally located on the second floor of Fenwicks, the place is a perfect mid afternoon pit stop to sample their afternoon tea. Although they are open for breakfast through to dinner, I think a pot of tea and some scones with clotted cream is what Bond & Brook does best. Another great base for the men to decamp while the ladies get their nails done.
Rose Bakery, Dover Street Market
Dover Street Market is almost too cool for school. It is consistently seen in the pages of Vogue and the likes as models and actors favourite place for retail therapy in London and it only recently came to my attention that you can rest your weary legs over a healthy salad on the fourth floor of this Mayfair shop. The place is uber hip but the prices are not crazy. Think a funkier Ottolenghi but without the steep prices. Just the sort of place you might see Sienna Miller.
Brass Rail, Selfridges
The hot salt beef sandwich is at its sexiest at the moment thanks to Mishkin’s and The Counter at The Delaunay. However, for those of your braving the boxing day sales and queueing outside Selfridges at the crack of dawn head to the Brass Rail cafe in Selfridges food hall for a hot salt beef in between spurts of shopping.
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