In need of a new date night restaurant? Want to know the best place for a mani/pedi? Well, Joanne Beckham, David Beckham’s sister and Founder of luxury concierge company WeAreYourCity, likely knows the answer. We caught up with Joanne to get her insider knowledge, from her favourite place to get Sunday lunch to must-visit cocktail bars, here’s her ultimate guide to London….
Best For Date Night: Hakkasan Mayfair
A London hotspot, I’ve loved Hakkasan for a few years and have a close relationship with the management – go here for the Michelin-starred food, unbeatable service and a unique atmosphere.
Coolest Boutique Hotel: The Hari
The Hari has a cool, private member’s club vibe – it’s laid-back and luxury at the same time. Just minutes from Sloane Street, the location is perfect for exploring London.
Best For A Girls’ Night Out: STK
STK is a real party restaurant – go on a weekend around 10pm and you’ll find a DJ and crowds of people, the ideal spot for dancing with your girls.
Best For Sunday Lunch: ROKA
I’ve been eating at ROKA for years and years, and it has to be one of my favourite Sunday lunch spots.
Best Asian Restaurant: Zuma
Great food with a vibrant atmosphere. One of my all-time favourite places in London.
Best New Discovery: Mr. Fogg’s Residence
Put your name on the guest list, knock on a black door and wait to enter. I love the cocktails and privacy of this speakeasy-style bar, definitely one for the must-visit list.
Best Restaurant For Wow-Worthy Interiors: Sushi Samba
Enjoy great food with an amazing view of London, 39 floors up.
Best To Impress A Client: The Grill at The Dorchester
A classic restaurant with a knockout menu. The Dorchester is luxurious without being flashy, an ideal setting for a business meeting.
Most Romantic Restaurant: Hutong
A simple combination of dimmed lights and excellent food – all you need to add is some good company for an evening of romance.
Best For Brunch: The Ivy Market Grill
Grab brunch here for the perfect start to a day of shopping.
Somewhere You’ve Yet To Try: Park Chinois
After rave reviews from friends, Park Chinois – an opulent Chinese restaurant – is high on my visit list.
Best Restaurant To Book For A Big Celebration: Sexy Fish
We’ve celebrated a few family birthdays here and it never disappoints – if you just fancy a drink or two the bar is well worth a visit, too.
Best Facial In London: Daniel Hersheson at Harvey Nichols
If you need a moment of relaxation, book a facial at Daniel Hersheson at Harvey Nichols. The attentive staff really look after you, so you’re guaranteed a luxe experience.
Best If You Need A Health Kick: Detox Holiday in Verbier
A week spent on a detox holiday in Verbier is sure to encourage a health kick. Spending time here showed me what food is right for my body, and how to listen to what I really need.
Dish You’d Go Back For: Chilli Sea Bass at Hakkasan
There are so many great dishes that it’s really hard to choose one, but Hakkasan’s chilli sea bass is my go-to and never fails to impress.
Coolest Cocktail Bar: Ham Yard Hotel Bar
Head here for fun, bespoke cocktails made on request by the attentive bar staff. I also recommend the espresso martini or Bellini.
Most Luxe London Hotel: Corinthia Hotel
From the moment you enter this high-end hotel it feels luxurious. The rooms are exceptional, and I’d book in again for the spa alone.
Coolest Gym: Third Space
If you’re working on your summer body get yourself to Third Space, the way the gyms are designed make working out fun.
Best Hotel Bar: The May Fair Bar
Newly refurbished, visit The May Fair Bar for a business meeting or to catch up with friends – it’s got everything you need.
Where To Go Dancing: The Arts Club
Whether you want dinner, drinks or music, this place has you covered – there’s always a great mix of people and you’re certain to have a fun night.
Must-Book Event Of The Summer: Ascot
An oldie but a goodie, Ascot is steeped in tradition and British charm – and getting dressed up is one of the best parts. Further afield, I’m looking forward to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – watching the race from a yacht is an experience you never forget.
Best Al Fresco In Summer: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
Book in for a chilled Sunday lunch during the height of summer – this place is always busy but has a very relaxed atmosphere and the garden is stunning.
Favourite Workout Class: Hot Yoga
The feeling after makes the pain worth it; it can be hard at first but stick with it and I promise you’ll start to love it – the endorphins become addictive!
Best Mani/Pedi: Aveda at Covent Garden
This comes highly recommended – the team always does a great job and I leave feeling truly pampered.
Old Favourite: Nobu Park Lane
Nobu has seemingly been around forever and was one the first luxury restaurants I was lucky enough to visit, and it's still a favourite.
Best Hair Salon: HOB Salons
HOB Salons have been around for years, there are now 26 salons and all provide an excellent service.
Best Restaurants And Bars Around The World
My must-visits when travelling are: Bagatelle, New York; Hotel Costes, Paris; Nobu, Dubai; and the bar at Park Lane, Hong Kong. It’s an eclectic mix and they’re all different in their own ways, but definitely worth booking.
Where To Go For A Weekend Break: Soho Farmhouse
Sometimes it's nice to escape the city and venture out to the countryside – Soho Farmhouse is somewhere I can totally switch off and relax.