Pierre Gagnaire’s masterpiece with tea room, lounge bar and two excellent restaurants is Mayfair’s mandatory ‘to be’ location. The Gallery restaurant exhibits 239 works, forming the largest group of original drawings David Shrigley has ever exhibited.
The classic design invites a deliberately playful contrast with the witty, outré art works; all is most certainly not what it seems. While matching sketch’s delight in the avant-garde, this harmonious disorder breaks with the Gallery’s usual eclecticism.
The crowd requires dressing up and turning up overdressed is not quite possible. But town’s elite quite like it.
9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG
The best way to blend in with Chelsea locals is an afternoon at the Bluebird. Once an art deco garage complex with links to speed racer Sir Malcolm Campbell, this is now a multipurpose venue with courtyard, restaurant and in-house concept store.
While an institution of its own in Chelsea, the restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine with a live band performance. Great for people-watching and being watched on a sunny day at the courtyard overlooking the King’s Road.
350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU
Georgian mansion turned French baroque glamour and boho chic. Think rich velvet furnishings, crystal chandeliers and grand champagne labels where everything is opulence and luxury.
French chateau-styled surroundings at Beach Blanket Babylon restaurant offer dramatic champagne labels like Cristal and Dom Pérignon. Indulge in brasserie classics and try at least a couple of exclusive bar cocktails.
45 Ledbury Road London, W11 2AA