New York City is buzzing with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William’s whirlwind three-day visit – and what better way to celebrate the Royals’ arrival than to soak up some of the most ‘spiffing’ British spots in the city?
1. Feast on authentic Fish n’ Chips at A Salt & Battery
A Salt & Battery in Greenwich Village is one of the best places to enjoy a genuine British battered fish and potato chippers, washed down with a Newcastle Brown ale.
For the British ex-pat or anyone who has enjoyed the real deal in the UK, A Salt & Battery’s arrival in Manhattan came as a welcome relief.
Brought to you by the folks who created Tea & Sympathy, this small eatery is the perfect place to visit to enjoy this humble British comfort. There are mushy peas, pickled onions, Heinz baked beans and of course, the fish-and-chips come properly wrapped in British newspaper.
The adjoining store features merchandise and t-shirts with hilarious messages such as ‘Cod Save the Queen’ and ‘In Cod We Trust’, and some staple British groceries are also stocked.
A Salt & Battery is located at 112 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY (12th and 13th Streets). For more information visit www.asaltandbattery.com/
2. Relax by the fire at Soho House
Private members’ club and hotel, Soho House, was originally founded in London in 1995 as a home from home for people working in creative fields.
There are now 12 Houses located worldwide in Miami, Los Angeles Toronto. The impressive New York outpost in the heart of the Meatpacking District covers six floors, and includes a restaurant, Club Bar, Drawing Room, Cinema, library, and heated rooftop pool.
Grab a vintage barstool or a booth, or settle in front of the fireplace at the Club Bar – a quintessentially British, comfortable and ambient place to relax or meet friends.
Soho House is located at 29-35 9th Avenue, New York, NY. For more information visit www.sohohouseny.com/
3. Enjoy Afternoon Tea at The Crosby Street Hotel
The Crosby Street Hotel is a British export located in a quiet corner of SoHo on a cobbled street. The brainchild of the Firmdale Group, a privately owned chain of charming London hotels, The Crosby Hotels are all distinguished by their inclusion of a state-of-the-art private screening room in each establishment.
Afternoon tea is served daily from 2pm at the Crosby Street Hotel. Guests may opt to take tea in the beautiful private drawing room, and others simply dropping by will find a cozy spot inside the hotel’s Bar and Terrace. The tea is by Harney & Sons, and there is a choice of both savory and sweet menu items. Sip on Bespoke English Breakfast tea, made exclusively for Firmdale Hotels, or the classically British Early Gray, and devour traditional treats such as Roast beef with horseradish cream, Egg salad, and of course, Scones with clotted cream and preserves.
The Crosby Street Hotel is located at 79 Crosby St, New York, NY. For more information visit www.firmdalehotels.com/hotels/new-york/crosby-street-hotel/
4. Browse the best of English finery at Turnbull & Asser
English clothier Turnbull & Asser — known for the superior shirting it’s created for royalty, celebrities, and tastemakers since its inception in 1885, from Sir Winston Churchill to James Bond.
Turnbull & Asser is every inch British; established during Britain’s time as the world’s greatest imperial power when its ruling class preoccupied itself with the minutiae of correct dress for social and sporting activities. Its appeal and place as London’s premier master shirtmakers continues to this day. Its men’s shirts are made in England to the highest standards, using Italian fabric and mother-of-pearl buttons.
The company’s New York flagship store provides a comprehensive custom shopping experience that goes well beyond shirts. The impressive three-floor store includes an impressive collection of vintage watches from Chopard, Rolex and more, and a large part of the store is dedicated to the brands storied past, from the woodwork, to replicas of every logo from its 124-year history in the dressing room.
Turnball & Asser’s New York store is located at 50 East 57th Street. For more information visit www.turnbullandasser.com/
5. Stay at The London NYC Boutique Hotel
The London NYC is a sophisticated and stylish boutique hotel located in Midtown Manhattan, just a five-minute walk from Central Park and Fifth Avenue.
Celebrated British designer David Collins created the interior, giving it that sophisticated London aesthetic with an effortlessly vibrant energy. Michelin-starred British chef Gordon Ramsay heads the culinary team at the London, providing for an unforgettable culinary experience, and also oversees the less formal dining environment at Maze. In keeping with the Anglomania, calls to London are free up to 8 hours a day.
The London NYC is located at 151 W 54th St, New York, NY. For more information visit www.thelondonnyc.com/
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