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By Eva-Maria Dimitriadis

One of our London correspondents checks in with a briefing on the city’s hottest new restaurant, plus its most happening pop-up shop, as well as a stylish bargain bed above a celebrity chef’s restaurant. Be sure to check out these spots if you’re heading to London this winter.


The Shop of the Moment: Muzungu Sisters

Named after the Swahili word for wanderers, The Muzungu Sisters are the newest craze amongst London’s fashion elite. Globetrotting duo Tatiana Santo Domingo and Dana Alikhani have spent many well-researched trips to India, Africa, and the Middle East sourcing stylish, unique, and ethically-made pieces for their new venture.

The Muzungu Sisters can be found at their pop-up shop inside Momo’s until December 16. With prices ranging from £10 for handmade cards from India, to more than £400 for vintage jackets from Azerbaijan, it’s the perfect stop-off for your Christmas shopping—not to mention a stunning setting for a cup of fresh mint tea. Momo, 25 Heddon Street, St. Mayfair, W1B 4BH, 020/7434- 4040

The Happening Restaurant: NOPI

Renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s latest establishment NOPI is now several months old, though no less buzzy than the day it opened. Although Ottolenghi is known for his innovative vegetarian cuisine, his menu will not fail to satisfy the avid carnivore.

The dishes served here are small but perfect, so don’t hold back when ordering. If you’re one of those people who judges a restaurant by its bathrooms, then visit NOPI’s loos for a 5-star appraisal. You’ll find yourself trapped in a magical web of mirrors so stunningly surreal that it might take a while to find your way out again. 21 Warwick Street, W1B 5NE, Soho 020/7494-95840

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The Room Above a Restaurant: St. John Hotel

Celebrity chef Fergus Henderson is known the world over for his celebrated "nose to tail" cooking. Now, his empire has expanded with St. John Hotel, a restaurant and small inn, which offers foodies three meals daily—as well as an inviting alternative to a cab ride home.

After a large, gamey feast in the restaurant, you can glide effortlessly "from table to bed," by reserving one of their basic rooms (from £240), modeled on the simple lines—and dimensions—of a ship. The rooms are purported to include "everything the traveler needs and nothing they do not." With its central location in the heart of Leicester Square, this is a welcome new stay for the sated traveler. 1-2 Leicester Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BL, 020/3301-8069

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Photo credit: courtesy Muzungu Sisters

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