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Filippa Knutsson’s guide to London

Swedish household name designer Filippa Knutsson now has her home in London, this is her guide.

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Caravan

I live near King’s Cross and I love how this area has developed into a hub of creativity, with Central Saint Martins college and Google headquarters within a few steps of each other. Caravan is where it all converges – a warehouse-type restaurant with tasty modern food and inspiring energy.

Caravan

1 Granary Square, King’s Cross

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Barbican Centre

A favorite cultural destination for art, design, theater, dance and film. This place has a particular London energy – experimental, bold and confident, and the Barbican’s brutalist architecture has become a destination in itself.

Barbican Centre

Silk Street, Barbican

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Ozone Coffee Roasters

I often eat lunch here when working from our Shoreditch office. The food is genuinely great – and the bustling industrial locale and friendly but professional staff make this a favorite.

Ozone Coffee Roasters

11 Leonard Street, Shoreditch

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Luca

An Italian restaurant with the type of effortless elegance I love.Delicious and unpretentious food in a laidback and sensitively designed environment.

Luca

88 St John Street, Clerkenwell

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Curzon Soho

London is a dynamic film city and I’ve always loved going to this particular cinema – it’s a cross between a coffee shop hangout and a living room – the salons are comfy in a velvety sort of way, and the films well-selected. I could happily spend a big chunk of my day there!

Curzon Soho

99 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho

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Hampstead Heath

A good long walk on the heath is like escaping into the countryside for a few hours. Its mix of mature trees, winding woodland-paths and sprawling lawns has a calming effect on me. The Henry Moore sculpture in front of Kenwood House is a favorite destination – art and nature in perfect harmony.

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath, Hampstead

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Serpentine Gallery

This is as much a retreat as it is a cultural experience. I appreciate the mix of contemporary art in a park setting, which feels very British. Lunch at the beautiful Zaha Hadid-designed restaurant at the sister site Serpentine Sackler Gallery just across the bridge is an added bonus.

Serpentine Gallery

Kensington Gardens, Kensington

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Duke of York Square Market

A great way to spend a Saturday is strolling down King’s Road and stopping at this bustling food market off Sloane Square. You’ll find a diverse range of high-quality food from around the world to eat on the spot or take home.

Duke of York Square Market

80 Duke of York Square, Chelsea

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Last edited: April 23, 2019

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