Michelin rated restaurant "The Library at Sketch" is supposed to be a pricey but amazing experience, including Swarovski encrusted decor and an other-worldly bathroom. Downstairs the club/bar/gallery area attracts the fashion industry crowd but offers a fun albeit "see and be seen" type of experience.
(Authentic) warehouse chic in a renovated granary. Coffee roasters by day and creative small plate menu for dinner. Also worth trying one of the excellent fish mains. Outdoor tables overlook a fountain-light installation fitting with the nearby Central St. Martins (arts uni) campus.
Henry VIII's residence, and much more - don't miss the tucked-away Mantegna room and leave an hour at least to stroll through the sprawling gardens. Possible to arrive by (slow) boat from Central london in the summer if you're particularly keen on re enacting the Tudor experience.
Another of my favorite modern British restaurants, the perfect spot when you’re stuck in central London. Relaxed atmosphere, good mix of tables and a large wooden bar. They make some incredible larger mains, from pies to game to lamb shoulder (changes seasonally). For my birthday, we ordered a beef wellington that I will not soon forget!
NB: actually located at 1 Ely Court, on the Ely Place side of 8 Hatton Garden. Considered one of the most hidden pubs in London, hardly looks like an unpleasant wander through the City of London though. Original tavern dates back to 1547, but this version was built in 1772. Open Mon-Fri only, 11am-11pm, outdoor seating, wifi.
Wonderful alternative to a traditional British teahouse experience. Chinese tea ceremony done in a small private home in a lovely garden in Notting Hill. Besides the incredible selection of teas and infusions, Pei prepares sweet treats, dumplings, and sandwiches - the selection changes weekly. Weekend afternoons only. Reserve ahead online!
The oldest wine bar in London, established 1890. Great atmosphere with rickety candlelit tables situated in underground cellars with arched ceilings. Sherries, madeiras and ports served from barrels behind the bar. Open daily 11am-11pm. Located just north of Embankment station.