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A Brit in the Nation’s Capital

By Anna Atkinson
Director
Global Branding & Events

| January 26, 2018

a guy walks toward the Washington monument

A Brit in the Nation’s Capital

Anna transferred to the D.C. office two years ago from TransPerfect’s European headquarters in London and has made it her mission to get to know the best the city has to offer.

My favourite restaurant is hands down Le Diplomat. You can go there any time of day, any day of the week and it’s always buzzing. As French brasseries outside of France go, Le Diplomat is pretty authentic. The food is fantastic, and I think they make the best burger in DC that comes with two little cocktail flags in the bun. Tip: If you’re a group of two or three people, sneak in and snag a table at the bar for the best atmosphere and prime access to their full food and drinks menu with no waiting time!

If you’re celebrating a special event, Charlie Palmers steakhouse, overlooking the Capitol Building is a D.C. institution. During the week, it’s brimming with politicians, journos and lobbyists. The service is excellent and the tender steak follows suit.

For people spotting, Off The Record at the Hay Adams Hotel is your best bet. It’s an upscale spot nestled comfortably next to The White House in the political heartland. I especially love the caricatures of past and present Presidents featured on their coasters.

Kramerbooks is my go-to bookstore right on Dupont Circle in the heart of the District. As well as a vast collection of books to get lost in, they have a bar that’s open until 3:00 am. Books and wine until the small hours, it can’t get any better!

DC has so much to offer, but the shopping is quite limited. I do love Salt &Sundry, a fresh feeling boutique selling eclectic house wares and small gifts. The owner also has a shop off 14th Street specialized in succulents and cacti, called Little Leaf.

If you have half a day to kill, go to the Newseum. It’s an interactive news and media museum with exhibits extending seven floors. My favourite is the Pulitzer Prize Gallery featuring winning photos since 1942—it’s poignant and eye opening. Tip: All tickets are good for two consecutive days. With so much to see, round two is not out of the question.

Don’t leave the city without doing a monument run; if you wake up early enough you will have them all to yourself at sunrise. Washington D.C. is a city for runners, and it’s one of my favourite things to do all year round!

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Fun Fact: Did you know that no building is allowed to be built taller than the U.S. Capitol? (Just kidding!)

Washington, DC
  • 'My favourite restaurant is hands down Le Diplomat.'

  • Anna
  • 'Charlie Palmers steakhouse, overlooking the Capitol Building is a D.C. institution.'

  • Anna
  • 'I do love Salt &Sundry, a fresh feeling boutique selling eclectic house wares and small gifts.'

  • Anna
  • '...a shop off 14th Street specialized in succulents and cacti, called Little Leaf.'

  • Anna
  • 'For people spotting, Off The Record at the Hay Adams Hotel is your best bet.'

  • Anna
  • 'Kramerbooks is my go-to bookstore right on Dupont Circle'

  • Anna
  • 'If you have half a day to kill, go to the Newseum.'

  • Anna
  • '...no building is allowed to be built taller than the U.S. Capitol.'

  • Anna

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