LONDON 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.
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.
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.
Three Sheets Cocktail Bar
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Goring Hotel
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.
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.
Old Red Lion Theatre Pub
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
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.
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