London is by far the most important city in my life. It doesn’t escape me just how fortunate I am to travel the world and spread the Tom Faulkner name as far and as wide as I get to do, but there’s no greater feeling than coming home. London will always be that for me.
As I meet with friends old and new around the globe, I’m often asked for recommendations of things to see and do in the city. Following on from my 48 Hours in LA post earlier this year, I decided to compile them into a post. There are lots of them for different reasons so grab a cup of something hearty and get ready for a meaty read.
It comes as no surprise that I’d choose to feature my favourite London buildings. Architecture plays a really important role in my design life and we are so spoilt in London to be surrounded with some of the world’s best.
Whilst I may well be biased, our museums and galleries are unparalleled in the city. Whatever you’re in to, there’s something here you’d love. From fine to modern art, to something a little more alternative. I really recommend visiting them during the week if you can. The weekends are obviously a little more packed out and having some space in these makes a real difference to your experience at them.
It wouldn’t be a true Tom Faulkner list without some outside-the-box suggestions of places to visit. As well as two of my favourite parks in the London, I’m fascinated by some of the incredible cemeteries in the city. Whilst on the surface this may seem a little morbid, these private cemeteries are hundreds of years old and rich in history. The foliage, the decaying stone and, ironically, the life represented within them is fascinating to me. Hyde Park is my local and is wonderful when the grass grows long. Holland Park (another local) is frequented by a muster of peacocks, which are always fun to gander at.
I know I’m beginning to wax lyrical about every layer of London, but our independent shops are really something special. In a time of high pressured retail, to support them is more important than ever before. Paul Smith’s approach to retail is really special – a heady mix of quirky interiors, interesting designs and cleverly displayed fashion. Their shops are more of a gallery than a retail space. I’m a big fan of book shops and Lutyens and Rubenstein will always be a favourite. Lamb’s Conduit Street is my go to for men’s fashion.
The restaurant scene is forever changing in London and I’m a bit of a creature of habit with my watering holes. I tend to stick to what’s in my local neighbourhood for the most part but that’s no bad thing. I am blessed with a host of local treasures that I implore you all to try!