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Citizen Hip: Donna Ida’s Top Notch London Picks

Donna Ida is the eponymous brainchild of self-confessed denim addict and London style maven Donna Ida Thornton. Her successful string of specialist denim emporiums began in Chelsea in 2006, and has subsequently grown to include three additional boutiques, a strong online presence, and an impressive following of customers and fans—Stylesight included. With so much fashion know-how under her belt, we could not wait to get her insider take on the best local spots to eat, drink, shop and see. The results are nothing less than a top-notch list of London’s latest and greatest.

Alfies Antique Market – SHOP
13-25 Church Street NW8 / 44 (0)20 7723 6066
Neighborhood: Marylebone High Street
I’m a big fan of Art Déco and there’s no better place to find special pieces than Alfie’s. It comes at a price, as all good things do, but you know you’re dealing with seasoned professionals who really know their stuff and are happy to pass on their breadth of knowledge.

Daphne’s Restaurant – EAT & DRINK
112 Draycott Avenue SW3 3AE / +44 (0)20 7589 4257
Neighborhood: South Kensington
If you like great service and meatballs, Daphne’s is the place for you. It’s right by our Chelsea shop and they’ve been my neighbors for 5 years now. I love that the service and standard of food is unwavering – it’s a firm favorite of mine.

Love Bakery – EAT & DRINK
319 King’s Road SW3 5EP / +44 (0)20 7352 3191
Neighborhood: Chelsea/King’s Road
I love rose flavoring and Love Bakery do the BEST rose cupcakes in the whole world.  My friend Sam Blears owns it and it’s my go-to place if I want a cozy chat and a cup of tea.  It’s sweet and old fashioned; a real find.

The Arts Club – EAT & DRINK
40 Dover Street W1S 4NP / +44 (0)20 7499 8581
Neighborhood: Bond Street/Mayfair
Since its re-launch, The Arts Club has captured my imagination.  I don’t know whether to eat dinner or sneak pictures of the interiors.  It’s flawless, and everything a private club should be.  If you can still get in – do!

Solange Azagury-Partridge – SHOP
162 New Bond Street W18 2UG / 44 (0)20 7792 0197
Neighborhood: Bond Street/Mayfair
Solange is a wonderful jeweler like none other.  She is so unique and talented that I want her entire collection, but if I had to choose just one thing I would say her Cleopatra Earrings.  Her shop is as fabulous as the jewelry too, located on New Bond Street.

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