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by Dixie Chassay

Dixie Chassay grew up in Notting Hill, she has a professional background in film casting, credits including Atonement and Harry Potter. Dixie has teamed up with actress Flora Montgomery to produce two-minute films that uncover the wonders and secrets of cities around the world. Films of London, NYC and Beijing can be found at www.monumentaladventure.com

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Hotels | Restaurants | Bars & Clubs | Shops | 36 Hours | Useful Information


The three best

Hotels

GRAND – The Dorchester
53, Park Lane, London, W1A 2HJ
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7629 8888
http://www.thedorchester.com/
‘Renowned for its old-fashioned elegance, inhabiting the past and the present. Go for their heavenly Chinese restaurant and wonderful 1920s bar’

MODERN – Charlotte Street
15-17 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RJ
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7806 2000
http://www.firmdale.com/
‘This lovely hotel located in Soho is full of charm and an elegant use of space’

BOUTIQUE – Miller’s Residence
111a Westbourne Grove, London, W2 4UW
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7243 1024
http://www.millersuk.com/
‘French-owned and nestled within Westbourne Grove. Their secret door and grand interior means that this is the ideal place to meet with film directors. Stars such as Marianne Faithfull stay here’


The three best

Restaurants

Le Cafe Anglais
8 Porchester Gardens,
London, W2 4DB
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7221 1415
http://www.lecafeanglais.co.uk/
‘The food is splendid here. This is chef-proprietor Rowley Leigh’s masterpiece with an extensive French menu’

Inaho
4 Hereford Road, London, W2 4DB
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7221 8495
‘Great Japanese restaurant but making a reservation a must. Kate Moss is seen here’

The Wolseley
160 Piccadily, London, W1J 9EB
http://www.thewolseley.com/
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7499 6996
‘This is an incredible space – with a lovely separate bar and tea room’.


The three best

Bars and Clubs

Annabel’s
44 Berkley Square, London, W1X 5DB
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7629 1096
‘Founded by Mark Birley, this is the place for dancing on their star lit floor.’

St. Moritz Club
159 Wardour Street, London, W1V 3TA
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7437 0525
‘Brilliant on Thursday nights for Gaz’s Rockin Blues. Full of gorgeous bohemian beauties and young models’

The Jones
1 Inverness Terrace, London, W2 3LB
‘Opens in September 2008; this arts club hotel has a little theatre (that was once frequented by Edward VII and his mistress) which will be used for emerging talent from London’s creative arts scene.’

Guest Hotels – Contemporary Hotels London


The three best

Shops

Ming
108 Talbolt Road, London, W11 IJR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7243 6545
http://www.mingdesign.com/
‘Bespoke consultations can be arranged with Ming the jewellery designer. She is modern and innovative and cares about both the quality and history of the stone’

Alice Temperley
6-10 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road,
London, W11 2DA
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7229 7957
http://www.temperleylondon.com/
‘Renowned for her beautiful designs, she continues to evolve’

Sumfortune Shoes at Matches
60-64 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AJ
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7221 0255
http://www.matchesfashion.com/
‘Brilliant for tall girls, the round toe means they give a good proportion to the leg.


If you’re there for

36 hours

See a play at the Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7565 5000
http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/
‘Go to the Jerwood Theatre upstairs’

Walk around the Serpentine Gallery
(Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA
Tel:+44 (0)20 7402 6075
http://www.serpentinegallery.org/

‘Perfect for extraordinary exhibitions and modern contemporary art’

Drive in an open top car over Waterloo Bridge and view the National Theatre
Browns Chauffeur http://www.bchlondon.com/


Other Useful Information

Best radio station:
BBC Radio 4, 93.5 FM
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4)

Best way to get to and from airport:
Heathrow Express
(http://www.heathrowexpress.com/)

How to find a local sim card:
Mobile phone shops, Orange, O2, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse