Little Black Book: The Dorchester’s Concierge

Leah Bourne
Little Black Book: The Dorchester’s Concierge
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With London fashion week upon us we sought out advice from Paul Stocker, the concierge at our favorite hotel in London, The Dorchester, on where to go, what to do and most importantly where to see and be seen. His picks include one of the hardest dinner reservations in town, a bar with cocktails created by Wolfgang Puck himself and where to catch an exhibition highlighting British ballgowns. So if you are left with any time between Matthew Williamson and Temperley, this is what to see and do. Looking for The Vivant? You can probably find us in The Promenade at The Dorchester asking for another helping of Cornish clotted cream during afternoon tea (it’s worth the plane fare to London just for this).

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With London fashion week upon us we went to our favorite London hotel, The Dorchester (a celebrity favorite with the likes of Brad Pitt and Britney Spears), and sought out the hotel's concierge Paul Stocker for his quintessential list of what to see and do while in the Swinging City. His picks include the best see and be seen restaurant of the moment and a can't miss exhibition.

TEATUM JONES FASHION TEA AT THE DORCHESTER: "This September, especially for London Fashion Week, the hotel has teamed up with rising British fashion design-duo Teatum Jones, to hold a fashion show on Tuesday, September 18th transforming The Promenade with an exclusive viewing of the label's A/W 2012 collection, a fashionable tea, and specially created Odyssey cocktail," Stocker says. Park Lane, Mayfair;

MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET: "Always a magnetic attraction to shoppers, the street is best on Saturdays and is great for antiques and quirky, boutique finds," Stocker shares.

SCOTT'S: "One of the most fashionable seafood restaurants in town," Stocker says. "Difficult to get in as it’s so popular, [so] we would recommend booking ahead." 20 Mount Street;

BROWNS: "Browns on South Molton Street has all the big designer names one could wish for," Stocker says. 24-27 South Molton Street;

THE WALLACE COLLECTION: "Art lovers should head to The Wallace Collection, home to one of Europe’s finest collections of works of art," Stocker advises. Hertford House Manchester Square;

CUT AT 45 PARK LANE: "45 Park Lane is a modern steak restaurant and Wolfgang Puck’s first outpost in Europe," Stocker says. "[It's] a must-visit for those flying in for London fashion week, even if it’s just a fleeting visit for the lightest breakfast." 45 Park Lane;

BAR 45: "Also housed in 45 Park Lane, Bar 45 serves deliciously strong cocktails designed by Wolfgang Puck himself and is fast becoming the place in Mayfair to see and be seen," Stocker says. 45 Park Lane;

THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM: "A London classic for decorative arts and design, currently they have a beautiful exhibition on ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and gowns that became catwalk legends," Stocker says. Cromwell Road;

SEE SOMETHING NEW: "Thanks to London hosting the Olympics this summer, there are now so many more unique things to do within the city," Stocker says. "One [event] to [not] miss is the London Festival 2012. It’s been running alongside all the sporting entertainment and has a program of 12,000 events in art, film, concerts and food."

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