Once considered a backwater of crusty Old Master dealers, London is now a contemporary art powerhouse, with more creative and commercial clout than anywhere outside New York. The world's most influential art dealers—like Gagosian in New York, and Zurich's Hauser & Wirth—have opened galleries in the capital. Dozens of new spaces have surfaced in edgy East London. Every October international collectors flood the city for the Frieze Art Fair, organized by the London-based international art journal Frieze.
Selfridges impressive pillared facade, spanning an entire block, hints at the retail experience within, but this is no ordinary department store. Inside, the bright-white shopping space houses the finest British and international fashion and home design; niche labels and cult brands mingle with the likes of McQueen, Prada, and Gucci.
London's street fashion is rather dapper. This young man said, "Everyone says I’m like Paddington Bear, as I carry my stuff in my father’s old lunch box and wear brogues that a friend bought me at Fifth Avenue Shoe Repairs."
At Bourne & Hollingsworth, a louche basement bar in Fitzrovia, a stylishly retro crowd downs gin fizzes and channels the spirit of prewar Bright Young Things. The DJ’s get the crowd swinging to big-band hits. From the article London's Best Retro Spots.