Since Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy’s relationship began to sizzle in spring 2010, the famous couple have been spending more time in London.
Not just hanging out at Muse concerts but strolling in posh neighborhoods, Kate Hudson has become a celebrity regular at fine restaurants and retro private clubs. The couple has been spotted strolling in charming Primrose Hill and chic Hampstead, where we’ve uncovered lovely boutiques, quirky bookstores and local artisans that you must put on your list. The next time you’re headed for Londontown, make sure to dine and wine at some of Kate and Matt’s favorite spots. Travel like them and be “Almost Famous” in Europe’s leading rock and roll city!
In an interview with Marie Claire Magazine, Kate Hudson confessed she decorates her home with Taschen’s London coffee table book. What we love with Angelika Taschen’s collection of guidebooks is: a selection of stylish hotels, from classic to designer; antique markets, vintage stores and the hippest boutiques; and all the best of the capital’s restaurants, bars, tea rooms and pubs.
Located on the northern side of Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill is one of the most exclusive and expensive residential areas in London. Past and present residents include Kate Hudson and a slew of celebrities: Tim Burton, Gwen Stefani, Kate Moss, supermodel Agyness Deyn, Daniel Craig, Enrique Iglesias…and many more.
Melrose and Morgan (42 Gloucester Avenue, London NW1 8JD, United Kingdom, map) is a shop with a cafe and carries a fresh range of pies, soups, pastries, cakes and tarts. Most of its produce are sourced from the British Isle but are made for you to prepare at home including organic and free-range meat and poultry, cheeses and your everyday supplies such as milk, bread and juice. We love that they work with farmers and artisans who still use traditional ways of curing and farming. They also have handmade chocolates, wines and oils as well as fresh fruit and vegetables.
Get “Lost in Beauty” in Primrose Hill
Need a good wax or shaping brows? Georgina Hamed is the makeup artist to the stars and has worked with Naomi Campbell, Cate Blanchett and Minnie Driver. Her store, Lost in Beauty (117 Regent’s Park Rd, London, Greater London NW1 8UR, United Kingdom, map), is completely shabby chic with hand-selected products that will make you irresistibly gorgeous! Look out for in-the-known beauty lines: REN, Dr. Hauschka, Arcania Apothecary. The store carries exclusive and sustainable lines as well and mainstream brands like Bumble and Bumble to mix it up a little. Enjoy sightings of beautiful artwork by Jessica Albarn and Stella Vine displayed throughout the store.
For quirky books and local authors: Primrose Hill Books
Located in the back hidden streets of Primrose Hill, browsing through Primrose Hill Books (134 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 8XL London, United Kingdom, map) is the perfect way to spend an afternoon just as Kate and Matt enjoy strolling through the local neighborhood. Husband and wife owners, Jessica and Marek Graham are big fans of cuisine, art, travel and children’s books. So not only will you sort through such collections, you’ll also stumble upon print books that have magnificent covers.
Missing Italy? Check out Giacobazzi’s in Hampstead
Hampstead is quite a posh neighborhood in London, known for its intellectual, liberal, artistic, musical and literary culture. It also houses more millionaires than any other area in the UK. The area is famous for Hampstead Heath, a magnificent park in the neighborhood.
Italian delicatessen, Giacobazzi’s (150 Fleet Rd, London, Hampstead, Greater London NW3 2QX, United Kingdom, map) has been around for more than twenty years and always has a long line outside. Locals are eager to satiate their taste buds with a coveted selection of homemade dishes. Try their delicious homemade pastas and fresh sauces, must-eats for sure!
Do a little boutique shopping at London’s best kept secret: Cochinechine in Hampstead village
Hidden between trees and hills of Hampstead, Cochinechine (74 Heath St, London, Greater London NW3 1DN, United Kingdom, map) is a stylish gem that oozes of femininity. You can always find the perfect dress for any occasion and it houses a fabulous selection of designer labels including the fan-favorite 3.1 Phillip Lim, star-studded Thierry Lasry sunglasses, the up and coming breakout MariaFrancescaPepe jewelry…and many more!
Grab a drink at Hampstead’s Victorian treasure: The Flask
Whether you’re after a pint of Young’s PA in the Public Bar or a meal with friends in a beautiful new setting, The Flask (14 Flask Walk, London, Greater London NW3 1HE, United Kingdom, map) is a neighborhood institution with relaxing charm. After a day of shopping in the beautiful neighborhood, The Flask is a great pub to chill out and sit with a glass of cold brew! Kate and Matt have been known to do just that after shopping for their baby boy, Bingham.
Mingle with artists in advertising, publishing, film and music at Groucho Club in SoHo
A private membership club, located on Dean Street in SoHo – the Bohemian heart of London; Groucho Club (45 Dean St, London, Greater London W1D 4PZ, United Kingdom, map) garners its members from the worlds of arts, publishing, film, music and advertising. It also has two restaurants with bars that host private events in addition to twenty bedrooms. Members of the Muse, along with Kate and Matt, have danced the night away in this hotspot that is setting the benchmark for a new generation of international, private members clubs.
The Ivy Restaurant in West End is ideal for pre and post theater dining
Right by Covent Garden, The Ivy (1-5 West St, London WC2H 9NQ, United Kingdom, map) is a popular hotspot for theater lovers. Although the restaurant’s fantastic menu speaks for itself, don’t miss out on its spectacular wine list! Kate and Matt have been spotted here and The Ivy is indeed perfect for romantic outings. There’s also a members-only club upstairs which captivate Londoners, international jetsetters as well as famous celebs.
Taste the Sea at J. Sheekey Restaurant in Covent Garden
Voted by Zagat in 2012 as the Top Seafood Restaurant, J. Sheekey Restaurant (28-35 St Martins Ct, London, Greater London WC2N 4AL, United Kingdom, map) in Covent Garden is an absolute celeb hub. From Kate Hudson, Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Jake Gyllenhaal to David and Victoria Beckham, everyone seems to know J. Sheekey is where you can taste the freshest oysters and seafood in London.
Another wonderful seafood option in London is Scott’s Restaurant (20 Mount St, London W1K 2HE, United Kingdom, map) where not only Kate and Matt love to enjoy a good meal but former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Pippa Middleton and Simon Cowell were/are regulars. What we love the most is the champagne bar at Scott’s, and not to mention the elegantly showcased fresh seafood display as well!
Be fashionable! Dine at the award-winning CUT also in Mayfair!
Kate and Matt were on a double date with supermodel Kate Moss and her husband, Jamie Hince at CUT, a renowned restaurant owned by chef Wolfgang Puck. It’s located in the chic 45 Park Lane Hotel with a library and lounge inside the restaurant. This was the chef’s restaurant debut in Europe, where he has now set a high bar for his craft. Even if you’re not a fan of steak, the lobster dish will wow you away!
Still in Mayfair? Dance and party at London’s boutiquey sanctuary: Maddox Club
If you’re in Mayfair looking for a boutiquey sanctuary to party on, Maddox Club (3-5 Mill St, London W1S 2AU, United Kingdom, map) is an epic option. Designed by the brilliant Sammy Chams, there’s a glass DJ booth within the restaurant. Check out Maddox’s lineup of international DJs who come here to spin their hearts out. After the wrap party of the movie “Nine”, Kate chose to celebrate at Maddox Club that also attracts London’s elites, artists and jetsetters.
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