24 hours in London? Our cultural survival guide


To transform a round-trip to London into a cultural break, there’s no need to race around town: simply visit these three spots.

10:15 a.m. – Coffee at Liberty London

Liberty London, Regent Street, Soho, London W1B 5AH

Better than to-go coffee from the Eurostar, those in the know have made it their habit to stop by Liberty London, one of the most legendary stores of the British capital. Originally a fabric shop opened on Regent Street in 1875, it now offers an entire section dedicated to archives of the famous Liberty floral print. Customers can purchase Liberty prints and reprints on site.

3:45 p.m. – Reading break at Japan House

Japan House, 101-111 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SA

After Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, London is the third city to welcome its Japan House, a cultural center dedicated to the Japanese art of living. In this new institution, inaugurated in summer 2018 in Kensington, the upscale neighborhood in southeastern London, visitors can attend conferences, talks, exhibitions and workshops. The space also includes a small shop, a restaurant and a bookstore. An island of peace at the heart of London, this space invites guests to peruse the works of their choice in a minimalist Zen setting.

9 p.m. – Dinner at Coal Office

Coal Office Restaurant, 2 Bagley Walk, Kings Cross, London N1C 4PQ

The joint creation of English designer Tom Dixon and Jerusalem chef Assaf Granit, the restaurant of the Coal Office, the complex dedicated to the artist’s creation studio, unites diverse pleasures and caters to all five senses. The open kitchen demanded by the chef invites everyone, from the wait staff to the guests, to roll up their sleeves and take part in an open participatory kitchen. On three floors, the bold flavors join forces with rough materials or stone-cut elements in marble, wood and brass, leading to a sunny terrace. This extension of Tom Dixon’s public offices regularly features new furniture to test his ideas. In short, it’s a sort of gallery-restaurant.