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Gentleman’s Guide to London With Hugo Taylor

Gentleman’s Guide to London With Hugo Taylor

Who’s in London this week for LFW? Well whether you’re popping around town now or planning to visit at a later date, you can’t miss our insider’s guide to doing London like a gentleman. Social Media star and man about town Hugo Taylor, takes us on a grand adventure of his life in and around London.

“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” ― Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3

I am a Londoner born and bred as such; it is my duty to share with you my guide to London. From the countryside to classic cars and all the pleasurable diversions in between.


oliver brown

London has tons of quality shops; here are a few choice spots of mine.

countrymen – When dressing for countryside activities like hunting, fishing or a trip to Royal Ascot to see the races visit Oliver Brown in Chelsea. Just off Sloane square lies a sophisticated selection of British tweed shooting coats, pure cashmere jumpers, and warm lamb’s wool cardigans. With a wide selection of top of the line accessories needed to survive a weekends shooting in the country. If royal races are more your speed Oliver Brown honours the high fashion tradition with luxury suits and exceptional top hats.

bespoke suit – For the quintessential British bespoke suit head to Huntsman on Savile Row. With over 160 years’ experience, the highest level of workmanship and service, nothing compares and nothing hurts more on your bank balance. Thankfully, they will last forever providing you do not put on too much Dad weight in later life.

london leather – If you are looking for outstanding leather goods, look no further than Belstaff on Bond Street. This classic British label has a rich multi-faceted aesthetic and deep heritage. From high fashion to low riders, the most superior biker jackets on the market.

elegant eyewear – No trip to London is complete without discovering the brands, which make British fashion so unique. Taylor Morris Eyewear focuses on combining British Sartorial elegance with timeless Hollywood glamour and a touch of rock and roll chic. Try one of their quintessential frames like the Roll Right or ZERO. Pick up a pair in Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

dr. yannis alexandrides – is an American and British board certified plastic surgeon, unique in that his overriding ethos is that surgery is the last resort. He works out of his amazing practice at 111 Harley St, one of the city’s most renowned for both surgical and non-surgical procedures. He has his own line of skincare called 111Skin and so is my go to specialist in London for all of my skincare needs.


photo by tim scott

There is “Much ado about London” during the day time here are some of the must-see spots.

classic cars – I have a great passion for classic automotive design. No afternoon is better spent than at Fisken’s in Queens Gate. Forget about modern hyper cars. True British gents roll around in classic cars. They do not just sell cars; they advise clients on every aspect of owning and maintaining their historic cars. They proudly display rare and vintage Bugatti, Rolls Royce and Aston Martin.

art 101 – I studied History of Art at The Courtauld Institute, which houses one of the most impressive Impressionist collections in London. Just down the road from there is the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, both are remarkable. Walk through Trafalgar Square and up the Mall past Buckingham Palace, then towards the Lanesborough Hotel at Hyde Park Corner. They do one of the best classic British High Teas, full of delicious cakes, scones and of course, Champagne. Travel about London for more architectural art and stunning historic scenery.




river café – A great catch if you are having lunch with a group of friends and feel like splashing out is The River Café. Authentically Italian and known for their impeccable standards, and their infamous Chocolate Nemesis Cake. Request a table on the terrace in the sunshine to soak up the River Café experience.

the phene – The Phene in Chelsea, a perfect location for everyone it has a beautiful garden perfect for sipping Pimms on sunny London afternoon. Focusing on fresh regionally sourced produce, the chef’s at The Phene create unique dishes that reflect the season.

destination drinks – After lunch, follow the River Thames to the ultimate in luxury hotels the Corinthia. Step into the Bassoon Bar, an intimate theatrical bar with attitude. Have a bespoke cocktail or fine Champagne, served in elegant replicas of Queen Victoria’s glassware. Steps away from historic central London they have an intimate interior courtyard perfect for enjoying a Martini with your pals.



la petite maison – I have a particular fondness for the French food at Petite Maison in Mayfair. Fresh delicious food coupled with a savoury wine and the best service set the perfect atmosphere for a great dinner in London. Do not forget to dress the part, pick up a “Dinner suit for hire” at Oliver Brown and return it before your trip is over, that way you can splurge on dinner and still look sharp.

albert bridge – Not everything in London has to be expensive. As in life, the best things are free. Albert Bridge in Chelsea at night is a stunning site, illuminated from the London Eye, the lights in the city are a must-see.

raffles – For evening entertainment, I visit only a handful of places. When I really want to misbehave, I go to Raffles nightclub in Chelsea. It is the perfect balance of hedonism and comfort.

blakes hotel – A London hidden gem is Blakes Hotel in Fulham. If you are looking for a night of passion, take your special someone to one of their exceptional suites. Four poster European King Size beds and expertly designed living rooms seclude you in private luxury. This hotel is a legend in London, with all the aristocracy of rock having taken up residence at once time or another at this beautiful and charming establishment, including my hero, Keith Richards.


Article originally published in LAPALME Magazine Winter 2016.