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Why Regent Street and St James's are the perfect place to meet this summer

The wide boulevards of Regent Street and St James's are iconic, home to some of the city's finest dining, culture and more – and they're the ideal location to meet friends and family, too

Oh London, how we've missed you over the past year. We've missed the restaurants and bars, the theatres and the exhibitions. And what we've missed most of all is sharing all of these experiences with friends and family.

So as the world slowly begins to return to the new normal, we're itching to get back out there and explore.

Regent Street and St James's are two neighbourhoods that epitomise London's iconic character best. Historic buildings line wide streets, home to fantastic dining, hidden pubs, forward-thinking art galleries and some of the world's best fashion houses.

They offer a taste of London's magic – and best of all, being located in the centre of the city, they're easily reached whether you live in London or not.

Both Regent Street and St James's have excellent restaurants and bars aplenty.

In Regent Street, you've got Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, favourite French brasserie Zédel, and Fallow, one of the city's most talked-about openings, which has already received a Michelin Bib Gourmand. The restaurant focuses on cooking sustainably, with a focus on wild food and low-waste. The menu ranges from incredible burgers to dairy cow steaks to luxurious Exmoor caviar.

Elsewhere Sabor, from legendary chef Nieves Barragan, should be top of your list, too: serving authentic Spanish food, it's the spot to while away a few hours as you graze on moreish small plates.

Sitting cheek by jowl with Regent Street is St James's, a three-hundred-year-old area that despite its history remains at the front of London's vibrant cultural scene.

Alongside its galleries and legendary fashion shops, the area is home to world-beating cuisine, too. Angela Harnett's Cafe Murano offers some of the best pasta outside of Italy; the revered Ikoyi brings together flavours and ingredients from around the world.

Regent Street & St James's

And then French brasserie Maison François hides a delicious secret: in its basement you'll find Frank's, a French-inspired wine bar with small plates like saucisson sec, cornichons and wafer-thin slices of jambon that'll take you straight to the streets of Paris.

With so much on offer, no matter how many times you visit Regent Street and St James's, you're bound to discover something new. Are you ready to get out there and explore?

Follow the areas on Instagram @regentstreetw1 and @stjameslondon, and find out more at regentstreetonline.com and stjameslondon.co.uk

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