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LONDON, ENGLAND CITY GUIDE – FAMILY BUSINESS STYLE

For this month’s family business city guide we head to London where we discover everything from brand new cocktail bars to century-old hatmakers fit for a Queen.

DINE

The Shed
theshed-restaurant.com
122 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington

The Shed in Notting Hill was first opened in 2012 by three brothers – a chef, a farmer and a restaurateur – to bring a slice of the Sussex countryside to West London. The shabby chic interior, delicious, creative cooking and vibrant atmosphere has made the Shed a huge success among locals and visitors ever since.

Sorella
sorellarestaurant.co.uk
148 Clapham Manor St, Clapham

Husband and wife team Robin and Sarah Gill own multiple restaurants across London with Sorella being famous for its delicious Italian food and relaxed neighbourhood feel. Awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand 2019, the menu includes traditional favourites such as cicchetti, antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci.

SIP

Three Sheets Cocktail Bar
threesheets-bar.com
510b Kingsland Road, Dalston

Opened in September 2016 by brothers Noel and Max Venning, Three Sheets is a neighbourhood café-bar in Dalston specialising in cocktails. With a weekly rotating seasonal menu, Three Sheets uses modern techniques and ingredients to create drinks that are delicious and unique to the city.

The Marquis
themarquiscoventgarden.co.uk
51 – 52 Chandos Place, Covent Garden

No trip to London is complete without a visit to a proper English pub. And is there a better one to choose than the one where Chrales Charles Dickens himself used to drink? Based in Charing Cross, The Marquis was built in 1661, and is now a family-owned freehouse by The Morton Scott Pub Company. Their ethos is great beer, great service and good honest food.

SHOP

Floris London
florislondon.com
89 Jermyn Street, St James’s

Floris is a British family perfumer established in 1730 by Juan Famenias Floris. Passed through the generations, Juan’s grandson, Edward Bodenham now runs the business. Specialising in custom-made perfumes, Floris is the official perfumer to the Queen.

Lock Hatters
lockhatters.co.uk
6 St James’s Street, London

Lock & Co. Hatters is the world’s oldest hat shop, the world’s 34th oldest family-owned business and the official hatter to the Queen. With a history spanning over 300 years this is a fascinating business to visit for a hat that will last a lifetime.

STAY

The Goring Hotel
thegoring.com
15 Beeston Place London

Over 100 years old, The Goring is the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace. Awarded the coveted Royal Warrant, it has been a firm Royal favourite for many years. But it’s not just the Royals that can expect star treatment; The Goring prides itself on indulging guests and making them feel at home.

Corinthia Hotel
corinthia.com/en/hotels/london
Whitehall Pl, Westminster

Corinthia is a collection of hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta in 1962. Perfectly located only steps from Trafalgar Square, Westminster, the River Thames and Covent Garden, Corinthia Hotel London combines grandeur and heritage with exquisite, intelligent design.

EXPERIENCE

Old Red Lion Theatre Pub
oldredliontheatre.co.uk/pub.html
418 St John Street, London

This tiny pub and theatre dates back to 1415 and used to welcome George Orwell, Karl Marx and Stalin as its former clientele. Now, it’s a family-owned pub serving real ale and pies, complete with an upstairs theater which opened in 1979. Seating just 60 people, a number of plays here have gone on to play the West End.

The Queen’s Gallery
rct.uk/visit/the-queens-gallery-buckingham-palace
Buckingham Palace

The Queen’s Gallery – perhaps unsurprisingly – displays fine art owned by the royal family. The Queen’s Gallery was opened by The Queen in May 2002, as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations and has a constantly revolving collection of artwork exhibitions.

Words: Brooke Nolan
Photography: Sorella – Supplied by Sorella, Floris London – Supplied by Floris London, Lock Hatters – Supplied by Lock Hatters, Corinthia Hotel – Supplied by Corinthia Hotel, The Queen’s Gallery – SRoyal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

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