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Key to the City

10 Stops for a Bang-Up Trip to London

Key to the City BY liz 08/04/2016

Ronni Kappos might be a born-and-bred Angeleno, but she’s also a total Anglophile. On her way to hunt down vintage beads across Eastern Europe, the jewelry designer always makes sure to stop off the city of fry ups, fab hats, and the two most famous women named Kate M. Here, the places she highly recommends you hit—you know, just in time for a new round of Harry Potter fansanity.

 

 

Stay

HAMPSTEAD VILLAGE GUESTHOUSE

 

“My favorite place to stay in London is this old Victorian home. The Conwell family raised their children here and then turned it into a bed and breakfast. It feels like you’re staying in an English grandmother’s home with a slight bohemian edge. It’s a few blocks from High Street, a quaint shopping area, and Hampstead Heath where you can walk through rambling hills and ancient woodlands.”

 

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Do Things 

TATE MODERN

 

“My twin sister is a painter, so we try to see as much art as possible while traveling together. The Mona Hatoum exhibit was a real highlight on our last trip. Her use of various materials and different mediums was an inspiration.”

 

SADIE COLES HQ

 

“Sadie Coles HQ has been a favorite gallery of mine for years. She has a great stable of artists. We saw a great Richard Prince show during our visit.”

 

VICTORIA MIRO

 

“This is another gallery that I always check out when I’m in town. Jules de Balincourt is a New York artist whose work I’ve been familiar with for a while, and he was having a show here that we made sure not to miss. His color palette is bright with a vintage feeling, even though his subject matter is often current and political.”

 

BROADWAY MARKET

 

“We stayed at a friend’s house in East London for part of our trip and headed to the Broadway Market on Saturday. Make sure to check out the food stands—we watched naan being made and ate a lot of treats!”

 

COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET

 

“Sunday is a great time to walk through the Columbia Flower Market. It’s really crowded, but once you turn off the main road, there are some great little shops and, of course, beautiful flowers.”

 

BLITZ

 

“Just off of Brick Lane is this vintage department store. Since I use antique beads for my jewelry designs, I’m always on the lookout for a good vintage find. This place had a lot of fun clothes and shoes.”

 

 

Eat

BRICK LANE BEIGEL BAKE

 

“We stumbled on this place after a trip to the flower market. We headed down Brick Lane and saw a long line in front. We decided to give it a try and had the most delicious salted beef and bagel. It was simple but so good.”

 

THE HEMINGWAY

 

“This traditional English pub is across the street from our friend’s house, and they have a really good fish and chips plate. The mushy peas are the best.”

 

THE ORANGERY AT KENSINGTON PALACE

 

“If you’re looking for a traditional Sunday afternoon tea, this is the spot. Located in Kensington Gardens, the Orangery serves an authentic high tea with all the scones, clotted cream, and tea sandwiches you could ask for.”

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