London's spectrum of style


"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." - Samuel Johnson, poet

He may have been British (so perhaps a little bit biased!), but we couldn't agree more with the iconic Mr Johnson.

London is a favourite destination of the Artesano team. We love how the city evolves on every visit - with new attractions, exhibitions and cultural experiences around every corner.

It's always a pleasure wandering the historic streets of central London, appreciating its eclectic neighbourhoods - from the old-world charm of Mayfair, to the urban edge of Soho and the hipster haven of Shoreditch.

London is a true city of the world and, despite the political changes currently taking place, we always appreciate its international energy.

The famous sense of British style is another reason we never tire of London. An afternoon of people-watching will show you a gentleman in a Savile Row suit one moment, and a punk-rocker the next.

Wherever a Londoner is placed on the style spectrum, we love that Panama hats are always a staple in their wardrobes.

Crisp and stylish for a sartorial look, or creative and adventurous with streetwear, it's always great to see Artesano's classic and contemporary designs joining London's fashion ranks.

Chelsea, London, United Kingdom

So what are our top tips for your next trip to London?

Little House, Mayfair - Part of the Soho House group, Little House is an intimate escape amidst the hustle and bustle of central London, offering cosy nooks for drinks and dinner. Call ahead to find out the late night live music schedule and enjoy some jazz with your digestif.

Broadway Market - Across town in the heart of Hackney, one of London's best-kept market secrets awaits. Lining a quaint street leading to London Fields, Broadway Market offers an amazing range of food and clothing stalls. Keep an eye out for the famous Vietnamese coffee, roast pork sandwiches and wild mushroom risotto. http://broadwaymarket.co.uk/

The Cross Keys, Chelsea - Searching for a charming British pub with a contemporary flair? The Cross Keys in Chelsea combines a warm, welcoming atmosphere with modern, hearty food. Set in a quiet cul de sac between the King's Road and Cheyne Walk, expect to enjoy indulgent afternoons like a west London local.

The Serpentine Gallery - Nestled in the heart of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park is the small but stylish Serpentine Gallery. Famous for its educational exhibits, you can always expect a worthwhile art experience. If you're visiting London in the summer, don't miss the gallery's annual architectural pavilion - commissioned each year from a leading international designer.

The Shop at Bluebird, Chelsea - In an elegant spot on the stylish Kings Road, be sure to stop by the always chic Shop at Bluebird. Featuring a great edit of men's and women's luxury brands, including a small collection of Artesano Panama hats, the boutique is adjacent to the popular Bluebird Cafe - an iconic local pit-stop for a day out in Chelsea.