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A famous poet once said: ‘Tired of London, tired of life’. There’s no place in the world with such a creative buzz as the UK capital. That makes London the ideal place for hotspotting. Where to eat, where to sleep, where to shop? Londonista An Bogaerts leads the way.

Pachamama

Marylebone

What? The Peruvian kitchen as served at Pachamama is extremely hot right now in London. And with good reason. The shared dishes, from delicious ceviche to perfectly grilled octopus, are presented on the menu in the categories ‘sea’, ‘land’ and ‘soil’. But the ‘cocktails’ section is not bad too, with a very big choice in pisco servings. Our personal favourite is Papa’s Pisco, the pisco sour from the house.

Looks? You do not end up at Pachamama by coincidence. The simple glass door at street level doesn’t give away the surprise that awaits when you walk down the stairs: a genuine Peruvian hacienda packed with amazing vintage furniture, cosy candles and sexy red lampshades above the main bar. In the back are two separate rooms for those who want to have a small party. Although few parties stay small when there is pisco sour in the house.

What else? Make sure not to order all your dishes at once, so the experience isn’t over after an hour. Booking a table is an absolute must-do at Pachamama. Those who are into culture can combine dinner at Pachamama’s with a visit to The Wallace Collection, a free museum in a beautiful townhouse around the corner. Those who preferably book in their ceviche in between shopping: luxury department store Selfridges is really close too.

 

INFO Mon to Fri from noon to 3pm and from 6pm to midnight, Sat from noon to 4pm and from 6pm to midnight, Sun from noon to 4pm and from 6pm to 11pm.

18 Thayer Street
W1U 3JY Marylebone

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