48 Hours in FitzroviaFriday 26 May 2017 by Florence Evans If you have a golden hour or two to spend in Fitzrovia, you pretty much have the best of London at your fingertips. But to really make the most of this quirky part of town, you’ll want to stay for a whole weekend and indulge in the glamourous and fast-paced urban haven that lies in London’s West End.
Wake up and smell the Third Wave coffee… kick-start your time in Fitzrovia in the best way possible – by heading out for brunch! The Riding House Café on Great Titchfield Street is the perfect spot to soak up the London lifestyle with its stylish setting - a relaxed but beautiful modern-day brasserie, laden with duck egg blue hues and leather armchairs. Choose from the classic eggs how-you-like-it (scrambled, Florentine, Royale, Benedict) smoked haddock kedgeree, chorizo hash or the full English, or something sweeter like buttermilk pancakes or French Brioche, alongside a range of fruity options if you’re feeling healthy.
With the rest of your day ahead of you, why not utilise your energy and hit the streets nearby Oxford Circus and Carnaby Street, and brave the crowds with a spot of retail therapy? You could even pop into some of the beautiful department stores, such as Selfridges and Liberty, with their shop windows like works of art and plenty of gorgeous displays and tasters available in-store - you’re bound to swoon at their offerings. As the UK’s most iconic shopping destination, if you love shopping, it’s not to be missed.
Once you’ve got the shopping out of the way, why not enrich your knowledge with some history at The British Museum? This incredible building with high ceilings and plenty of natural light showcases some fascinating artefacts and works of art, truly telling a story as you stroll around. Even if history isn’t your thing, we’d still thoroughly recommended a visit to take a break from the hustle and bustle of London – see it as a chance to catch up with friends and enjoy your surroundings! After all, entry is free and the café there is great for a cup of tea when you’re in need of refreshment.
Later on, if you aren’t still feeling full from brunch, why not treat yourself to the infamous ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ at the Sanderson Hotel on Berner’s Street? With a delightful rooftop garden, this place pulls out all the stops to serve you a really special array of sweet treats, from smoked salmon Scotch quails egg with caviar and cream cheese to the Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry Jammy Dodger and Wonderland marshmallow magic mushrooms. Enjoy all this with a pot of tea or a glass of champagne if you’re celebrating.
After a whirlwind of a day, head back to your apartment for a much-needed rest and freshen up. Being so central, staying in SACO Fitzrovia means you barely need to use public transport during your stay and popping back to your own apartment by foot is easy.
For an evening of good food, drinks and revelry, Fitzrovia’s go-to is The Lucky Pig. This place offers cocktails shaken, stirred, long or short in a 1920’s style bar with regular live musicians sure to please. Their food goes perfectly with a few drinks, and ranges from light bites to tapas-style platters and stone-fired pizzas. You’ve simply got to try their French Martini or Dark Daquiri, and with an atmosphere for optimum good vibes and relaxation, you’ll be loving the liquor and laughter (perhaps a little too much) on a Saturday night.
Despite the fact you may have had a few more cocktails than you planned the night before, get up and seize the day with the whole of London to explore at your leisure. Take a walk towards the north away from Fitzrovia up to the Real Food Market, and feast your eyes on all the delicious fresh food up for grabs. With an array of fruit and vegetables, regular all-star artisan bakery treats and deli-style goodies, this market offers everything you’d need to make a picnic, so fill up your basket for a lunch al-fresco.
Regent’s Park is just a twenty-minute walk away from Fitzrovia, so take it slow and enjoy the atmosphere, with plenty of gardens and landscapes, memorials, fountains and statues, and green open space to enjoy. Regent’s Park is the perfect picnic spot (providing the weather is sunny!)
If you are one for a pampering session every once in a while then look no further than a fresh blow-dry and manicure, something the residents of Fitzrovia are infamous for. Treat yourself to a visit to DryBy just off Regent Street – and choose from their hair ‘menu’ offering the likes of the voluminous and curly ‘Rome’ or the poker straight ‘Tokyo’. Whether you are having a girly getaway in London or you have to drag your other half along, a visit to DryBy is sure to make your weekend in London truly indulgent* (*Hair compliments not included but probable.)
Once you’ve had a chance to refresh, what better when in The West End than some fine dining before – you guessed it - seeing a show. The Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack is one of Fitzrovia’s finest restaurants, bringing a new concept of classic seafood to the table. Based on Foley Street, these guys serve up the freshest fish in London, straight from the day-boats around the coast with a menu that changes every day to showcase the mornings' catch. Whether you opt for oysters and a glass of fizz or the classically delicious fish and chips, you can’t go wrong with whatever you desire for dinner here.
Later on, head to the Dominion Theatre for a real taste of The West End - after all, these productions are what this part of London is famous for. Whether it’s a breathtakingly beautiful Broadway musical, an English classic or something more contemporary and different, these shows will certainly not disappoint!