Where to start with the City that has so much. A few of our favourites...
For special occasions or days when you just feel special, Scarlet and Violet in Kensal Rise is a lovely florist with a vintage English countryside feel. If you have a sweet tooth, it is definitely worth making the journey to Violet's in Hackney. Divine cakes made with the finest ingredients. Even the savoury stuff is delicious here. Situated on Wilton Way which has seen an array of independent cafe's, restaurants and shops open over the last couple of years. London Fields and the outdoor lido are just around the corner if you are fortunate with good weather.
For a blowout meal try La Petite Maison in London's Mayfair. It's not cheap but then this is Southern French cooking at its finest- simple elegance. Close your eyes and you could be on the Cote d'Azur. For a quick steak lunch it doesn't get much better than Le Relais de Venise which only does, you guessed it steak! A Parisian institution it has done so well, there are now 3 of them. No reservations means you will likely have to queue.
For shopping, Liberty's offers an amazing apothecary and unique brands in a one of a kind listed building. Men's boutique Trunk Clothiers in Marylebone is also worth a visit. If you are East check out personal favourite French brand A.P.C for understated style.
Despite the hipster revolution's impact on coffee houses, the best without a shadow of doubt continues to be the Monmouth coffee company. Seriously good coffee. If you do decide to visit Trunk, the Monocle cafe a few doors down offers great coffee in an ambient setting. For a night cap, visit 69 Colebrooke row or The bar with no name, a tiny cocktail bar on the backstreets of Islington.