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Take 5: How to Spend a Fancy-Pants Day in London’s Mayfair

Take 5 BY mattie kahn 03/12/2014

Oh, hey! We’ve scored ourselves a spring semester correspondent: Our girl Mattie Kahn landed in London for a study-abroad program (or, in British, programme), and she’s going to grace this site with her neighborhood adventures and her exceptional taste. In a word: YAY!

 

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London takes a lot of pride in its historic grit, but the city has a softer side as well—as evidenced in Mayfair’s cozy brasseries, dreamy cobblestone streets, and posh-enough-for-Posh shops. Here’s how to spend an indulgent afternoon. And plenty of quid. 

 

Sketch
Were Alice in Wonderland to build a mansion of her own design on Conduit Street, the result would probably look a whole lot like Sketch. The space houses five distinct eateries, but afternoon tea at its Gallery Restaurant is my personal favorite.
(9 Conduit St.)

 

Dover Street Market
Rei Kawakubo’s six-story emporium basically inaugurated high-concept shopping. And it’s not just about the exclusive finds: You also need to snag a seat and a snack at the Rose Bakery on the top floor—I’d go with the carrot cake.
(17-18 Dover St.)

 

No6 London
Curated by Adidas, No6 sells limited-edition footwear to Londoners in-the-know. Translation: Go here to get your hands on that pair of extra-cool Stan Smith sneakers that your friends at home can only dream about.
(6 Newburgh St.)

 

Pollen Street Social
Committed to definitively unstuffy fine dining, this restaurant is bright, lively, and just plain worth it. For a more low-key experience, sit at the bar for tapas and a drink.
(8-10 Pollen St.)

 

KJ’s Laundry
A few (walkable!) minutes from the heart of Mayfair, you’ll find this super-thoughtful boutique. It carries very cool, hard-to-find labels like Samantha Sung, Rodebjer, and Sessun, and just try not to salivate over the leather goods—I dare you.
(74 Marylebone Ln.)

 

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