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    For breakfast: The Delauney, Covent Garden. No power-breakfasting intellectual would be seen anywhere else, and during London Fashion Week its position opposite Somerset House means it’s filled with the fashion crowd. European in style, for breakfast (bright and early from 7am) you can choose from all manner of viennoiseries, egg dishes and pancakes, or even a good kipper with mustard sauce. thedelauney.com

    For lunch: Colbert, Chelsea. Colbert is one of three new restaurants from renowned Wolseley and Ivy duo Chris Corbin and Jeremy King – the others being Brasserie Zédel and The Delauney. On iconic Sloane Square and just a skip from The Royal Court Theatre, Colbert espouses a 1930s-style Parisian moodiness with dark woods and leathers, while the menu offers the best of French cuisine, from croque monsieurs

    to moules frites. colbertchelsea.com

    For tea: Claridge’s, Mayfair. The timeless art deco beauty nails the top spot in afternoon tea taking – and the matrons at The Tea Guild agree, bestowing awards of excellence each year for the devilishly good detail: the tea-infused jam, the elegant jade and white striped fine china, the 30-tea menu and the delicate finger sandwiches. The in situ violinist is the icing on the exquisite cakes. claridges.co.uk

    For dinner: 34, Mayfair. Sexy, smart, seductive and with a muted masculine aesthetic, 34 on Grosvenor Square is the brother restaurant to the starry fish restaurants Scott’s and J Sheekey’s. This new Mayfair offering specializes in upscale comfort food, American style: steaks from the Argentinean parrillas, champagne risotto, killer sides and a dessert list that includes donuts in lemon curd. 34-restaurant.co.uk

    london’s finest

    Ladylike tea in Claridge’s (top) or a sophisticated dinner in 34 (center) – the capital has it all

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