1 Hour Activities

HAIRCUTS AND COCKTAILS

  • Step into a barbershop that’s part speakeasy, part gentlemen’s club 
  • Grab a hefty whiskey drink and listen to vintage records
  • Stay for a classic wet shave in a bespoke chair from Bentley

It’s been said that London is a man’s town; the city’s barbershops certainly live up to the reputation. Prime among them is Pankhurst, just off Carnaby Street (that Swinging 60s hot spot turned pedestrian shopping strip) in a space billed as “part speakeasy, part gentleman’s club.” This means you can sit back in a Midcentury Modern man cave with a hefty drink from the Johnnie Walker basement bar and listen to vintage records (Ziggy Stardust, anyone?). When it’s your turn, you’ll take a seat in a bespoke chair upholstered by Bentley’s leather craftsmen. On the menu? A haircut, a classic wet shave, or a scalp or hot towel face massage (or all four). Looking for a souvenir? Founder and master stylist Brent Pankhurst has stylishly packaged a range of his products, from a shaving set to a “silver fox” shampoo.

In Soho, you’ll find this barbershop just off Carnaby St. It’s nestled on the corner of Newburgh and Foubert’s Place. You can’t miss the signature barber’s pole on the stylish black storefront.

PANKHURST
10 Newburgh St.
+44-(0)20-7287-9955
pankhurstlondon.com

HAVE A CLASSIC ENGLISH BREAKFAST

  • Begin the day in grand tradition, at a historic café in Mayfair
  • Choose from an extensive menu of teas, Viennese pastries and more
  • Indulge in a hearty meal, then walk it off with a stroll through St. James Park

There are few things that make you feel like you’ve arrived in London more than a walk through a royal park followed by a full English breakfast. The Wolseley, in the heart of Mayfair, delivers on that promise in spades. Starting at the Conrad London St. James, take a brief stroll through St. James’s Park, the oldest of London’s Royal Parks. As you cross the Blue Bridge, don’t miss the jaw-dropping views of Buckingham Palace to the west and Big Ben and the London Eye to the east. Yep, you’re in London alright. But enough instagramming, it’s time for breakfast. Make your way through the elegant lanes of St. James’s to Piccadilly and the iconic Art Deco café. We love this Viennese-style brasserie for most every meal, but especially for a jet-lagged breakfast. Order a pot of strong tea and a basket of just-baked and impossibly flaky viennoiserie, then watch the room fill up with a who’s who of London (while you pretend to read the FT). But leave room for the main event: The Wolseley’s English breakfast, with farm eggs, sausage, baked beans, and black pudding, is a thing of beauty. And exactly what you need to get your stay in London off to a proper start.

You can find The Wolseley right at Piccadilly. It’s located between the streets of Arlington and St. James. You’ll notice a small black sign on the exterior of the building and there you have it.

THE WOLSELEY
160 Piccadilly
+44-(0)-20-7499-6996
thewolseley.com

THE ROTISSERIE COMPANY
Strutton Ground Market, London SW1P
therotisserieco.com
Tuesday to Friday, lunch only

JOE’S ESPRESSO CAFE BAR
120-122 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2EF
+44-20-7799-2766

THE BARLEY MOW
104 Horseferry Rd, London SW1P 2EE, United Kingdom
+44-20-7222-2330
barleymowhorseferryrd.co.uk

HOME OFFICE HEADQUARTERS
2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF, United Kingdom

THE CINNAMON CLUB
Old Westminster Library, Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BU
+44-20-7222-2555
cinnamonclub.com

CHURCHILL WAR ROOMS
Clive Steps, King Charles St, London SW1A 2AQ, United Kingdom
+44-20-7930-6961
iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms

HORSE GUARDS PARADE
Horse Guards Road, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX
royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park

STEP BACK THROUGH TIME ON A NEIGHBORHOOD WALK

  • Take a stroll along Westminster’s doorstep
  • See local markets, historic buildings, and royal parks, all within blocks of the hotel

London is, hands down, the greatest walking city on the planet. For Conrad guests, the most common request is “I’d love to get out and explore—can you suggest a great walking route?” Indeed we can. The blocks around Conrad London St. James, which our chief concierge John White likes to call “Westminster’s Doorstep,” combine leafy parks with grand facades, sweeping vistas with intimate lanes, historic sights with contemporary scenes. You can walk this loop in under an hour, but if you’re inclined to linger, there are markets and coffee shops, celebrated restaurants, and must-see landmarks along the way.

1. Leaving the hotel, turn left onto Broadway and walk past New Scotland Yard (the erstwhile Metropolitan Police headquarters).

2. Cross Victoria Street onto cobblestoned Strutton Ground, which closes to traffic from 10am to 4pm on weekdays for a lively food market, where vendors sell paella, spicy lamb wraps, and fantastic rotisserie chicken. The retro shop signage is straight out of the 1950s to 1970s.

3. Strutton Ground becomes Horseferry Road, where low-rise buildings of coal-smudged brick harken to a bygone London. A few blocks south is Joe’s Espresso Café Bar, an indie coffeehouse; farther along is the Barley Mow pub, if you’re in the mood for a cask ale.

4. Follow the curve of Horseferry Road and turn left on Marsham Street. Check out the supermodern headquarters of the U.K.’s Home Office (designed by Terry Farrell and completed in 2005), with its colored-glass canopy and Mondrianesque façade. 

5. Continue north on Marsham Street past the 1928 brick edifice of the Emmanuel Centre.

6. Marsham Street becomes Great Smith Street, lined with stately government buildings. The old Westminster Library (1893) now houses one of London’s best Indian restaurants, the Cinnamon Club, open for weekday breakfast and daily lunch and dinner.

7. Turn right onto busy Victoria Street and you’ll be face to face with Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament, with the London Eye rising beyond—perfectly framed for Instagram.

8. Cross Victoria Street and turn left onto Storey’s Gate, passing the grand Methodist Central Hall on your left. The 1911 landmark is now used as a conference center.

9. Turn left at Great George Street, then right onto Horse Guards Road. (That’s St. James Park on your left.) Walking north, you’ll pass the Churchill War Rooms (a must-visit for WW2 buffs), Downing Street (the prime minister’s residence, #10, is one block east), and the gravel-lain Horse Guards Parade (famously used as the beach volleyball arena at the 2012 Olympics).

10. Across from the parade grounds is the Guards Memorial, where you’ll enter St. James Park and proceed west.

11. Bear left at Inn the Park restaurant, then follow the path along the water. Cross the Blue Bridge and take in the stunning views: Buckingham Palace to the west, the London Eye and Big Ben to the east, and the park’s 15 species of waterfowl, including the beloved resident pelicans.

12. Cross the lake and continue south (there’s an ice cream stand along the path in summer), then exit the park onto Birdcage Walk. Directly aross the road is the narrow opening to Queen Anne’s Gate; walk south for two blocks and turn left onto Broadway.

13. Follow Broadway as it curves right; across from the St. James Park tube station you’ll see the entrance to the Conrad. Welcome back! Now how about a pint at the Blue Boar pub?

THE ROTISSERIE COMPANY
Strutton Ground Market, London SW1P
therotisserieco.com
Tuesday to Friday, lunch only

JOE’S ESPRESSO CAFE BAR
120-122 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2EF
+44-20-7799-2766

THE BARLEY MOW
104 Horseferry Rd, London SW1P 2EE, United Kingdom
+44-20-7222-2330
barleymowhorseferryrd.co.uk

HOME OFFICE HEADQUARTERS
2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF, United Kingdom

THE CINNAMON CLUB
Old Westminster Library, Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BU
+44-20-7222-2555
cinnamonclub.com

CHURCHILL WAR ROOMS
Clive Steps, King Charles St, London SW1A 2AQ, United Kingdom
+44-20-7930-6961
iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms

HORSE GUARDS PARADE
Horse Guards Road, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX
royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park

THE NEW CRAFTSMEN
34 North Row
+44-(0)20-7148-3190
thenewcraftsmen.com

E. TAUTZ
71 Duke St.
+44-(0)20-7629-8809
etautz.com

PENELOPE CHILVERS
69 Duke St.
+44-(0)20-7491-9555
penelopechilvers.com

LAURA APSIT LIVENS
59 Duke St.
lauraapsitlivens.co.uk

THE GARDEN CAFÉ, BROWN HART GARDENS
Duke St.
+44-(0)20-7493-9995
benugo.com/find-a-benugo

MEET THE MAKERS OF MAYFAIR

  • Encounter true craftsmen when you explore this neighborhood’s artisanal side
  • The best British makers show off their handcrafted modern housewares
  • Shop bespoke menswear, specialty hats and made-to-measure slippers
  • Grab coffee al fresco in a beautiful elevated garden café

Between the international chain stores on Oxford Street and the high-fashion houses lining Mount Street, Mayfair is something of a shopping destination. We suggest you take an hour to explore its artisanal side. At The New Craftsmen, you’ll find modern homewares handcrafted by British makers. A few roads east, on Duke Street, a fresh crop of boutiques offers U.K.-made—and sometimes custom-crafted—goods. Here, fashion designer Patrick Grant (of Savile Row label Norton & Sons) recently unveiled the first store for 19th-century menswear label E. Tautz, featuring tailoring services in the basement; the eco-chic shoemaker Penelope Chilvers has opened an outpost with a studio for made-to-measure “dandy slippers”; and Laura Apsit Livens, who previously designed hats for Philip Treacy, has set up her own millinery in a Victorian staircase (fans of her toppers include members of the royal family, including Princess Beatrice). Grab a coffee from the café at the elevated (yet hidden) Brown Hart Gardens.

Hop off the tube at Bond Street and take a left onto Oxford. Three blocks down, take a left onto N. Audley Street and you’ll be right where you need to be for some UK artisanal shopping.

THE NEW CRAFTSMEN
34 North Row
+44-(0)20-7148-3190
thenewcraftsmen.com

E. TAUTZ
71 Duke St.
+44-(0)20-7629-8809
etautz.com

PENELOPE CHILVERS
69 Duke St.
+44-(0)20-7491-9555
penelopechilvers.com

LAURA APSIT LIVENS
59 Duke St.
lauraapsitlivens.co.uk

THE GARDEN CAFÉ, BROWN HART GARDENS
Duke St.
+44-(0)20-7493-9995
benugo.com/find-a-benugo

SARAH CHAPMAN SKINESIS CLINIC
259 Pavilion Rd.
+44-(0)20-7589-9585
sarahchapman.net

LIZ EARL SKINCARE & TREATMENTS
38-39 Duke of York Sq. (on King’s Rd.)
+44-(0)20-7881-7750
uk.lizearle.com

BOOK A BESPOKE FACIAL

  • Pamper yourself with a trip to London’s top skin care specialists
  • Receive personalized treatments from the city’s most sought-after facialist
  • Find everyday essentials at a holistic, cult beauty brand

We can’t all be English roses, but for a spot of pampering, head to Chelsea—two of London’s top skin-care gurus have treatment rooms near super-posh Sloane Square. The “bespoke facial” at Sarah Chapman’s über-discreet Skinesis Clinic is a mainstay among beauty editors, celebrities, and Sloanies (i.e., the well-heeled Chelsea set). Expect a thorough consultation followed by a combination of specially blended serums, LED light therapy, and Sarah Chapman’s signature lifting ‘gymnastics’ massage (read: you will be slapped in the face, but you’ll be glad for it), and if your skin is feeling dry after that long-haul flight, you’ll love her hydrating mask. Meanwhile, the holistic beauty brand Liz Earle has a cult following for its “naturally active” products and customized, massage-focused facials, which are as results-driven as they are relaxing. (Back and body massages are on offer, too.) Book in advance.

Head north on Sloane Square, slight left onto Symons Street and a right onto Pavilion Road. You’ll find Sarah Chapman Skinesis Clinic across from the Holy Trinity Primary School. Or, start at Sloane Square and go left onto King’s Road and you’ll find Liz Earle Skincare in the Duke of York Square.

SARAH CHAPMAN SKINESIS CLINIC
259 Pavilion Rd.
+44-(0)20-7589-9585
sarahchapman.net

LIZ EARL SKINCARE & TREATMENTS
38-39 Duke of York Sq. (on King’s Rd.)
+44-(0)20-7881-7750
uk.lizearle.com

LIBERTY
Regent St. (main entrance on Great Narlborough Street)
+44-(0)20-7734-1234
libertylondon.com

SELFRIDGES
400 Oxford St.
44-(0)80-012-3400 if calling from UK
+44-123-369-8040 if calling from abroad
selfridges.com

SHOP LONDON’S BEST DEPARTMENT STORES LIKE AN INSIDER

  • Navigate the city’s monumental stores without missing a beat
  • Browse a specialty stationary shop and a colorful scarf hall
  • Zero in on the perfect pair of jeans at an impressive Denim Studio

A couple of London’s coolest department stores sit just a quick stroll away, each a veritable destination in its own right—massive, yes, but still perfectly manageable when you’re in a hurry, provided you know where to look. Head through the florist and into the ground floor scarf hall at Liberty—the mock-Tudor bastion of old-meets-new  British style—for notebooks, travel wallets and card holders adorned with the store’s exclusive floral prints. Ever been to a Jeanius Bar? You’ll find one inside the 26,000-square-foot Denim Studio—that is, the world’s biggest jeans department—on the third floor of the Selfridges flagship. The digital, interactive table will help you browse the hundreds of styles, while the on-site denim tailor will do on-the-spot alternations within an hour.

From the Oxford Circus Station, head down Regent Street toward Little Argyll Street. Liberty will be on your left in the mock-Tudor storefront. Selfridges Flagship Store can be found near the Bond Street Station. Simply take Davies Street to Oxford Street and walk east. The department store will be on your right.

LIBERTY
Regent St. (main entrance on Great Narlborough Street)
+44-(0)20-7734-1234
libertylondon.com

SELFRIDGES
400 Oxford St.
44-(0)80-012-3400 if calling from UK
+44-123-369-8040 if calling from abroad
selfridges.com

GO FOR A GLOBALLY INSPIRED AFTERNOON TEA

  • Afternoon tea isn’t just a British thing anymore
  • Try authentic Moroccan tea and pastries in a terrace garden
  • Savor traditional dim sum at a stylish Chinese teahouse

If you find yourself with a late-afternoon hankering for something a little more adventurous than cucumber-and-cream-cheese finger sandwiches, you’re in luck: London’s legendary post-lunch, pre-dinner ritual is being re-imagined in worldly ways. Enjoy the gorgeous terrace garden at Momo, a Moroccan favorite nearby in Mayfair, whose Afternoon Tea includes cheese briouats, zaalouk (eggplant-and-tomato salad) on toast, and traditional Maghrebian pastries with mint tea.In Chelsea, the stylish dim sum restaurant and teahouse Bō Làng pours Chinese teas from cast-iron pots while offering savory dumplings and spring rolls as well as mochi, jasmine macaroons, and fresh-baked scones with plum-wine-infused mascarpone. To get your American fast-food fix, head to Soho’s Brgr.co. The diminutive cheeseburger and fried-chicken sliders are served with tiny fries, plus mini brownies, cheesecakes, vanilla milkshakes, and house-made iced teas.

Find Momo on Heddon Street, just east of Savile Row. But this part of Heddon Street is pedestrian traffic only, so you’ll have to go on foot. In Chelsea, Bo Lang is located at the corner of Braycott Avenue and Donne Street. And you’ll find brgr.co in Soho, at the corner of Waldour and Noel streets. It’s hard to miss its wrap-around black storefront.

MOMO
25 Heddon St.
44-(0)20-7434-4040
momoresto.com

BŌ LÀNG
100 Draycott Ave.
44-(0)20-7823-7887
bolangrestaurant.co.uk

BRGR.CO
187 Wardour St.
44-(0)20-7920-6480
brgr.co