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London Like A Local

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Get off the beaten path in London this winter with Area's short list of where to sleep, eat, drink and play like a local.

SLEEP :

Central London's Charlotte Street Hotel is a mix of whimsical bright decor and fine art. Ensconce yourself in Frette linens and capture the essence of London living.

Release your inner artist and sleep where Hogarth once lived at the Dean Street Townhouse. Located in Soho, the hotel is now owned by Soho House whose reputation is known for interesting patrons and the finest accommodations.

Number Sixteenis a welcoming hideaway tucked away on a side street in Kensington. High ceilings and natural light give the bright, uniquely decorated rooms a spacious feel and its location makes it the ideal base for a shopping or culture filled weekend.

EAT & DRINK :

The London duo Trevor Gulliver and Fergus Henderson of St.John Restaurant opened St.John Hotel this past spring where carnivores will revel in nose-to-tail dining in an unpretentious space in Leicester Square. The chef's lauded tradition of straightforward food that utilizes the highest quality of ingredients shines through

The eclectic menu and top notch ingredients are the rage at Roganic, the new pop up in Marylebone from a Michelin star chef. For a neighborhood experience in an uncrowded parcel of Chelsea, Medlar serves a mix of French and Mediterranean fare in a modern setting.

Soho's answer to tapas can be found at Spuntino, a bohemian hot spot that is always crowded despite it's barely visible door. Only a short walk away from Oxford Street, a busy shopping area in London,Riding House Cafe is serving both a selection of small plates to share and traditional main courses in a lively setting.

PLAY :

Don't miss the Terence Conran exhibit running until March 4, 2012 at The Design Museum. The Way We Live Now
showcases Conran's inspirations, approach, and global impact he has had on design from post-war until the present.

Shop the wildly colorful, quasi-hippie enclave of >Seven Dials, located between the retail mania of Covent Garden and the nightlife debauchery of Soho in central London. The little village-within-the-city epitomizes traditional English bewitchery and is home to some of the capital's chicest shops, restaurants, and pubs.

Venture out of the city center to South London, the go-to neighborhood for it's thriving art ,culture and music scene. While in the neighborhood, visit the Brixton Market, where you'll find everything from ethnic foods representing the diverse cultural background of the neighborhood to funky bistro's and restaurants.