For some, London conjures visions of foggy streets and old dirty pubs. But locals and in-the-know travelers will tell you that this city is saturated with style and sophistication - you just have to know where you're going. So for those of you heading to London for the Olympics this summer, here are a few ways to enjoy a truly classy city.
When you're done at the games, your first priority will undoubtedly be to hit the shops. First, head over to the trendy Redchurch Street, where you'll find fashionably understated styles at APC and vintage duds at Labour and Wait.
Of course, it's impossible to talk about London without mentioning Burberry. The iconic fashion house is based in London, and has several locations spread throughout the city. Our favorite location? The flagship on Regent Street.
After working up an appetite in the fashion district, it's time to feast at one of London's famous gastro pubs. The Avalon Public House and Garden has the relaxed feel of an old-school English pub with a touch of elegance, not to mention some fantastic dining options with complete wine and champagne menus.
Looking for something a little more upscale? Try Angelus. This French restaurant features brasserie cuisine, and is located in a 200-year-old converted pub. If you get the chance, be sure to ask owner and sommelier Thierry Tomasin for wine-pairing suggestions.
Now it's time for some fun. London certainly doesn't have a shortage of exclusive nightclubs, but 55 Club really stands out. This popular haunt offers an eclectic mix of dance music, and you might just glimpse a celebrity or two while you're there.
The Ministry of Sound attracts more than five thousand people each weekend. The appeal? Five rooms, four bars, four dance floors and two luxury VIP lounges. Make sure you buy tickets online to save time at the door because there's sure to be a line.
London will be attracting hordes of Olympics fans. So plan ahead, do your homework and make reservations!