Ask around at a cocktail party, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn't hooked on Bravo’s reality programming. So when I found out that my long-time pal, Marissa Hermer, was set to join the cast of Ladies of London, I nearly flipped. A Newport Beach native—but recently-crowned British citizen— Marissa and her husband, Matt Hermer, own several successful restaurants and nightclubs around the world. Among their London projects: Bumpkin, which highlights seasonal English fare at three chic locations, and Boujis, a nightlife spot that’s big with the royals. Marissa was in town the other day, and she stopped by to open up her little black book.
Dinner and Nightcaps at Chiltern Firehouse
André Balazs’s new Marylebone restaurant (and soon-to-be hotel) is the perfect mix of London cool and NYC buzz; it’s become my new home away from home. If you can get in, youll want to Instagram a #selfie in front of the 'Cigarettes & Men' mirror to prove that you were actually there—as after a few Chiltern margaritas, you might not remember. 1 Chiltern St.
Lunch at Scott's
My dear friend Martin Brudnizki designed Scott's, a fantastic seafood restaurant in Mayfair. With a wood-paneled dining room and a rotating art collection, it is a very special place (my husband takes me there for a birthday lunch each year.) If the sun is shining, opt for an outside table seafood cocktail, grilled dover sole, and honeycomb ice cream. 20 Mount St.
High Tea and Shopping at Fortnum & Mason
For a quintessentially British experience, head to the upstairs Jubilee Tea Rooms. High Teais served for locals and travelers alike: cakes and scones and cucumber sandwiches galore! Go big and order the champagne tea. 181 Piccadilly.
Breakfast at Claridge’s hotel
The Claridge’s cappucino is one of the best I've ever had, partly because I love the beautiful blue cup and feeling like I'm a tourist in my own city. There is something reassuring about holding that cup. I know it is going to be a great day—or at least, I know I've started the day in the best possible way. 49 Brook St.
Sunday Roast at Bumpkin
Bumpkin's cozy atmosphere makes it a great spot for a date night or a casual gathering of friends. I love our new Bumpkin Chelsea Garden for year-round al fresco breakfast from our cold-pressed juice menu, but as a die-hard Anglophile, our British Sunday Roast tops the list. Roast Beef, creamy cauliflower, cheese, local roasted root veg, and Yorkshire pudding done to perfection with gravy ALL over.
Shopping at Joseph
Convenience is everything as a working mother of two babes. Enter Joseph on Brompton Cross in Chelsea. They stock all the top designers: Peter Pilotto, Mary Katranzou, and Erdem. I love floweryprinted frocks… I found my Prince Charming, so now I usually go for charming prints. 16 Sloane St.
Facials at Sarah Chapman
London winters can be harsh. Combine that with travel back to the States to see family, and my face can take a beating. Sarah Chapman keeps my face glowing year-round.I try to pop into her Skinesis Clinic once a month for a deep cleanse, but otherwise, I'm utterly addicted to her entire range of lotions and potions. I recommend the Intense Hydrating Booster and at-home Instant Miracle Mask. 77 Walton St.
—Jacqueline Gifford is the Senior Editor at T+L