Destination / Wish You Were Here

Soho, London

“When the respectable Londoner wants to feel devilish he goes to Soho.” So said Thomas Burke in 1915. Though much of the area’s grit has worn off since then, London’s bohemian centre has retained its lust for life – packed with restaurants, galleries and retail precincts for the ultimate weekend sojourn.

See …
The Photographers’ Gallery is hosting Punk Weekender from June 23 to 26 – a tribute to the avant-guard spirit of punk rock culture featuring portraits from Derek Ridgers and Anita Corbin and a live performance from London-born outfit The Raincoats.

Stay …
COMO Metropolitan London – a five-minute stroll from the centre of Soho, this boutique hotel offers an effortlessly cool take on big city living. Come for the artfully curated suites, stay for the Como Shambala massage treatment at the in-house wellness facility.

Take …
London is defined by its unpredictable weather, so it’s best to pack for all elements. Jac+ Jack T-shirts and cosy sweaters are travel staples. Pack your favourite jeans, a pair of R.M.Williams and your old faithful wool coat.

Taste …
Nestled inside the London Edition hotel, Berners Tavern serves up playful incarnations of British specialties. Grab a drink in the Punch Room bar before dinner, or stop by on a Sunday for a late brunch. If you’re in search of a nightcap, Mark’s Bar is a few minutes stroll away, hidden in the basement of HIX Soho. Find a spot at the low bar, order a dry gin martini and switch off tomorrow morning’s alarm. And no matter the time of day or night, if you’re craving caffeine head directly to Bar Italia on Frith Street. The people watching might even surpass the coffee itself.

Shop …
The recently relocated Dover Street Market, now a short walk into Haymarket and created by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, offers a complete multilevel retail experience. A visit to Jac+ Jack’s first overseas store, located at Ham Yard Hotel, is a must for cashmere essentials, and for an authentic vinyl immersion visit Reckless Records on Berwick Street – their wide variety of jazz, rock and punk LP’s is incredible.