London handbook

London: a kaleidoscope of culture and creativity

In the heart of the buzzing metropolis that is London, a fusion of history, culture, and innovation collides. This dynamic city, with its iconic landmarks like the Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace, pulses with an energy that is both timeless and avant-garde. From the eclectic streets of Covent Garden to the tranquil oases of Hyde Park, it is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be unravelled.

Ahead of the London Fashion Week, KHAMSA touches down in London with a detailed travel handbook to the city, courtesy Amar Sibai (@amarsibai on Instagram). A Lebanese architect and content creator, Amar has a close relationship with the British capital, and is always eager to tell everyone what to do and where to go once they land there.

London is not just an urban masterpiece, but a portal to centuries of artistic expression. As Amar will affirm, amidst the labyrinth of diverse neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct flavour, the city dazzles and inspires the mind. Perhaps the most impressive feat that keeps the city at the top of the global realm is its perpetual ability to reinvent itself, all while honouring its illustrious past.

Top must-visit food spots in London?

Flat Iron

A great steak place located in Westfield Mall. P.S. they give you a free softie on your way out.

@flatironsteak

Blank Street Coffee

For the best coffee. Located near Tottenham Court Road station.

@blankstreet

San Carlo Cicchetti, Knightsbridge

For dinner, this place is a no-brainer.

@sancarlocichetti

Best places for sundowners?

The Mercer

At Mercer Rooftop Terrace, get a great view of London’s skyline.

Best places for shopping?

@regentstreet
@regentstreet

“Soho & Regent Street!”

– Amar Sibai

Must-visit cultural spots?

“Tate Modern & Hyde Park are definitely my go-to every time I’m in London.”

– Amar Sibai

Best boutique hotels to stay in?

The Hoxton
The Hoxton

The Hoxton, Southwark is located by the Blackfriars Bridge, within walking distance from the South Bank and some of the main attractions of the city.

Underrated places?

Eltham Palace. One of London’s Art Deco gems, not to be missed.

Courtesy of Eltham Palace

What should you avoid?

Image courtesy Amar Sibai

“I would avoid Oxford Street on a Saturday night. TRUST ME!”

– Amar Sibai

Must-pack items?

If you’re going to walk a lot in London, make sure your comfiest shoes are packed, or else you’ll be crawling to the nearest sports shop. Also pack a pocket/purse-friendly umbrella. You’re in London, after all.

Any tips and tricks to tackle the city?

I’d say as you’re walking in the streets, don’t try walking slowly; you will be cursed at, lol. When leaving a tube, bus or taxi, look back and make sure you didn’t forget anything. If you lose something, best believe it’s gone.

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