soho

City Guides: London - Amy Maw

Amy Maw, marketing manager at jones knowles ritchie, gives us her inside tips on London.

Best hotel for pleasure?
The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge is a firm favourite here. It has everything you need; great location (right next to Hyde Park for those early morning runs and an array of great shops just down the road), a gorgeous spa, the best afternoon tea in London (check out their Pret-a-Portea menu where you can literally eat your way though the latest catwalk glamour) and last but not least, the infamous Blue Bar – delicious cocktails and you never know who you might meet in there...

Best bar for celebrating?
This would have to be Archer Street in Soho. You're always guaranteed a great night in this place. The music (complete with impromptu singing from the bar staff), cocktails and crowd make it the perfect place for celebratory drinks. You also need to be on the guest list to get in which guarantees you can get to the bar and make yourself at home for the evening.

Best bar for a business drink?
Hospital Club ticks all the boxes for this one. Good central location in Covent Garden, a vast and ever changing drinks menu, inside and outside options to suit the weather, impeccable service, right level of busy – perfectly suited to impress your guests.

Best restaurant for a business lunch?
Close to our London studio, Market in Camden is an ideal spot for a working lunch. Small and intimate, their ever-changing menu serves up unexpected seasonal dishes, while the atmosphere is just right for discussing business - not too noisy but with a good vibe all the same.

How to spend an hour in-between meetings?
Discover a square. Soho square, Golden square - London has a fantastic selection of squares and green spaces throughout the city that are perfect for spending time with a coffee or juice in between meetings. You get a little dose of nature and calm in between the bustle and buzz of this great city.

If you only have time to do one thing in this city, do this…
It's so hard to pick one thing but as it's still fairly new to the London skyline, I would say the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street. You can't really get any better for taking in the breath taking views of London, especially if you time it right to catch sunset. It's also a good spot to take in a cocktail or two. And if you're feeling the need to be at one with yourself, there's even daily yoga classes. So whether it's sipping from your martini class or admiring from your downward dog, the views make this a must.

By Amy Maw, Marketing Manager, jones knowles ritchie (London).