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Why You Should Visit London This Winter

London is the perfect wintertime destination to cozy up with a warm cup of tea, seated by the crackling fire at a world-class hotel. And a slew of exciting new restaurants, shows and exhibits this season—including the debut of a long-awaited luxury hotel and the opening of a high-profile shopping and dining complex—offer all the more reason to go now. Read on to discover why you should travel to London this winter.

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A Glamorous Hotel Debut

One of Europe’s most eagerly anticipated hotel openings is expected to grace the British capital this winter, as beloved luxury hotel brand Belmond will christen its first London property, the Belmond Cadogan, in early 2019. Set at the intersection of three coveted neighborhoods—Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Belgravia—the nearly 130-year-old historic Cadogan hotel received a $48 million renovation and full reimagining by the Belmond team. The property will now house 54 rooms (including 39 suites and a spectacular penthouse), a modern British restaurant from the talented young chef Adam Handling and an elegant afternoon tea room that transforms into a cocktail lounge at night. A highlight is the hotel’s exclusive access to the 93-acre Cadogan Estate Gardens across the street. Designed in 1886 and typically reserved for local residents only, this elegant expanse with a Secret Garden atmosphere is the perfect place for a quiet stroll or, in warmer months, a picnic and a match on the private tennis courts. The Belmond also plans to offer its guests several uniquely British experiences, such as a private breakfast with a London cabbie.

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An Array of Buzzed-About Eateries

For a city that is always welcoming acclaimed additions to its dining scene, this winter has seen a particularly newsworthy batch of newcomers, including a shopping and dining complex across from King’s Cross Station that is a destination in itself. Brat, one of the trendiest new restaurants in Shoreditch, comes from Chef Tomos Parry of Kitty Fisher’s and serves Basque-inspired meat and seafood dishes. Kerridge’s Bar & Grill opened in the palatial Corinthia Hotel, where the Michelin-starred English chef Tom Kerridge cooks up his signature fare of fish and chips and rotisserie meats.

And many of the city’s hottest new tables can be found next door to each other, thanks to the much-anticipated debut of Coal Drop Yards, a shopping, dining and cultural center housed in a large industrial site (during the Victorian era, this site was where coal was deposited, sorted and prepared for transport throughout the city). Shoppers could while away hours at the stores and studios here, including outposts from British designers Tom Dixon and Paul Smith, while foodies will love the diverse array of offerings, including Barrafina, one of the city’s most popular tapas bars; Hicce, from the former head chef at Michelin-starred Murano; and Vermuteria, from the chef behind lauded Mayfair restaurant Wild Honey.

– Nikki Erlick on December 3, 2018

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