An insider’s guide to London
British Film Institute chief executive Amanda Nevill shares her favourite London haunts
Europe United Kingdom WORDS BY Amanda Nevill
Published on October 30, 2013
The home of British film, where big names including Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Tom Hooper and Stephen Frears have previewed their films.
Belvedere Road, Southbank; +44 20 7633 0274
BENUGO BAR & KITCHEN
The best-kept secret ever, The Drawing Room at Benugo Bar & Kitchen is an intimate, panelled cocktail bar right out of an Agatha Christie movie, at BFI Southbank.
Belvedere Road, Southbank; +44 207 401 9000
Foyles bookshop on the Southbank has a selection of great books, coupled with great river views.
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre; +44 20 7440 3212
This pedestrian walkway over the Thames is the most tranquil place to take in the breathtaking view of London’s skyline.
ODEON LEICESTER SQUARE
The Odeon is film-glitz central with its magnificent screen. If you hang around long enough, you are sure to meet Tom Cruise.
Leicester Square; +44 871 224 4007
Take a child with you for camouflage and indulge in the biggest, maddest chocolate emporium in London.
Leicester Square; +44 207 025 7184;
SOHO HOUSE LONDON
On a Sunday morning, while the rest of London is sleeping off a hangover, climb the stairs to the roof of Soho House London for breakfast with a view.
40 Greek Street; +44 207 734 5188