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Scandinavians love London

London is a vibrant mix of old and new and one of the greatest cultural crossroads in the West – resulting in one of the world’s most eclectic food scenes. It’s also a perennial favorite among Swedes - some 50,000 live there in fact, making it Sweden’s largest foreign city.

Sunshine food

Based in Flat Iron Square, in Southwark, the brand new restaurant Lupins serves a selection of seasonal tasting plates that use the very best of British ingredients, creatively infused with global flavors to create an innovative concept they like to call “Sunshine Food”. Think delicious Lamb Scrumpets alongside Cornish Crab Thermidor and a fantastic selection of natural wines.

Lupins

66 Union St, London

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Home from home

Owned by Swedish-Danish husband-and-wife duo Bronte and Jonas Aurell, the Scandi­Kitchen has been a staple on the London food scene for an incredible 10 years, evolving from a simple coffee shop to one of the leading independent distributors of Scandinavian food in the UK. Don’t be surprised if you find queues out the door most days of the week.

Scandinavian Kitchen

61 Great Titchfield Street, London

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Eat, drink and sleep

Henrietta Hotel is an 18-bedroom townhouse set in vibrant Covent Garden. The boutique hotel, which opened its doors in May this year, is the second “bed and beverage” by Experimental Group (most famous for London’s iconic Experimental Cocktail Club) and follows the success of their Grand Pigalle in Paris. At the core of the concept is a bistro­style restaurant, led by renowned chef Ollie Dabbous, and a spectacular cocktail bar.

Henrietta Hotel

14-15 Henrietta Street, London

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Raise the curtain

The Curtain is the most recent addition to the booming boutique hotel scene in mega-trendy Shoreditch. The hotel features 120 luxurious guestrooms and suites. It also contains the Red Rooster Shoreditch restaurant and Tienda Roosteria tapas bar, both from Swedish celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, and provides drinks from cocktail specialists Trash Tiki, a rooftop brassiere and pool (LIDO), as well as a buzzing live music venue.

The Curtain

45 Curtain Rd, London

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Pasta mania

While meandering around Borough Market you may wonder why all those people are standing in line. It’s probably for Padella, the modern pasta bistro that opened last year and it’s a must for any foodie visiting London. Queues get long at lunchtime but it’s well worth the wait. Don’t miss Padella’s signature dish, Pici cacio e pepe, and its fabulous selection of Italian wines.

Padella

6 Southwark St, London

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Luxury market

Dover Street Market, the groundbreaking luxury retail store from Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo, has gathered 100+ different fashion and jewelry designers at its flagship location in London. Originally situated in Dover Street, the multi-story concept store’s 2016 move to its new home in Haymarket has done nothing to curtail its splendor. Some of the high-profile designers represented here include Loewe, Gucci and Céline – and Comme des Garçons, of course.

Dover Street Market

18-22 Haymarket, London

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One to watch

When renowned Spanish chef Nieves Barragan and her business partner José Etura – both of Barrafina fame – tell the world they are opening a new restaurant, most gourmands sit up and pay attention. At the time of writing, the launch date for brand-new Sabor is still TBC, but it’s scheduled for this fall, so watch this space.

Sabor

35 Heddon Street, London

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Royal restaurant

Founded in 1742, a bastion of Britishness, Wiltons, celebrates its 275th anniversary this year, making it the oldest eatery in London. Renowned for traditional British fare including seafood and game, Wiltons boasts six Royal Warrants (issued to tradespeople who supply goods or services to a royal court or royal personages) and was once purveyor of oysters to Queen Victoria herself.

Wiltons

55 Jermyn St, London

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Text: Isabelle Kliger

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