There are numerous ways we can create a sense of luxury in our lives, from installing convenient small domestic lifts in our homes to arranging stylish city breaks. Sometimes it’s just good to get away from our regular routines, even if it’s only for the weekend. London truly is the perfect destination for this, especially for those who want to add an air of splendour to proceedings. If you’ve got your eye on London for your next weekend break, this guide is for you. Here, we have assembled a collection of top tips for enjoying the delights of London in luxurious fashion.
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First of all, you will want to secure some stylish accommodation during your stay. Find somewhere where you can feel truly pampered and look forward to going back to at the end of an exciting day. Fortunately, the capital has no shortage of luxury hotels. Somewhere like Cheval Three Quays would be a fabulous option, providing incredible views of the River Thames, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London.
Many of London’s finest hotels also include pampering spa experiences. Paula, from the London lifestyle blog The LDN Diaries, suggests one option in particular: “A treatment or a spa day at ESPA at the Corinthia Hotel is the perfect addition. The spa is so luxurious and it’s the ideal place to relax and be pampered from head to foot.”
Take a boat ride of the Thames
Why not navigate London in style while also getting up close with one of its most iconic features? A Thames boat ride could be a great option and there are some great options out there, such as City Cruises, who can arrange private boat hires for all kinds of special occasions or romantic endeavours. For something a little more adrenaline-inducing, you can even arrange a helicopter/boat experience, creating moments you will never forget.
A night at the opera or in the West End
With the incredible array of shows available in London, it would be a shame to not take one in during your weekend break. From beautiful ballet and opera performances to the latest West End shows, no matter what you are in the mood for, or your own personal taste, there will be something available. The Royal Opera House is one of the world’s most iconic venues, putting on classics from the likes of Puccini and Mascagni.
Enjoy a spectacular meal
A weekend break in London won’t be complete without wining and dining somewhere special. There’s a breath-taking array of top restaurants dotted across the capital, from unique fusion eateries to the very best in Michelin Star fine dining. Paula, from The LDN Diaries, shared this with us as her top tip:
“My top tip for a luxurious weekend in London would be to book in for at least one luxury dining experience. So, whether that is dressing up for afternoon tea at The Ritz or a champagne dinner at Bob Bob Ricard, it will add a real luxury element to your trip.”
Why not also combine exquisite food with luxurious surroundings and an epic view? This is just what is on offer at Aqua Shard, situated in the iconic skyscraper, sporting 360-degree views of the city. Describing what’s on offer, the restaurant says: “Discover contemporary British dishes using the finest seasonal ingredients and carefully crafted cocktails all within western Europe’s tallest building.”
Sip on cocktails at one of London’s luxury bars
London also has no shortage of sophisticated bars to enjoy an evening cocktail or two. From trendy rooftop hangouts to classy exclusive clubs, why not finish off the night with a relaxing drink among luxurious surroundings? 12th Knot would certainly fit the bill, being one of London’s most desirable rooftop bars. With views overlooking the Thames, this bar and lounge can’t be beaten for scenery and boasts stylish seating with delicious cocktails made from seasonal ingredients.
12TH Knot says that their bar is a “true reflection of South Bank’s vibrant energy,” and that guests should “expect bright, striking décor and an open-plan layout which puts the panoramic views centre stage.”
Shop in iconic locations
A spot of shopping will likely be on your London to-do list, so make sure you head down to its classic locations. Visiting the elegant Regent Street is certainly a must with iconic shops such as Hamleys and marque brands like Burberry and Karl Lagerfeld all residing here. You could also consider shopping for a new suit at the legendary Savile Row, where tailors have been dressing London’s gentlemen for 200 years. You’ll also want to, head over to Harrods in Knightsbridge for an eclectic one-stop shopping and dining experience.
Book a private tour or chauffeur service
Walking around London with a map is one way to see London’s sites but to add that element of luxury, booking a private tour is a must. The team at Totally Tailored – who arrange private tours in London – spoke to us about why their tours are perfect for a luxurious weekend:
“Our aim is to create tours that are completely tailored to our guests’ needs, from iconic sightseeing tours to bespoke, behind-the-scenes experiences. We take the weight off our guests’ shoulders, creating luxurious tours and experiences, handled by us from start to finish. Totally Tailored can be your expert friend in the UK to make sure you create beautiful memories in our wonderful city.”
You can, of course, get the genuine London experience by riding the tube or walking from place to place but for those truly looking for a luxury break, employing a chauffeur service is the way to go. iChauffeur is one such service, offer luxurious sightseeing tours of London in a chauffeur-driven car. Imagine seeing the best of London’s sites, being taken to lunch, and back to your hotel, all by your own personal driver.
Sit down for relaxing afternoon tea
We asked the team at Totally Tailored for their recommendations for a luxurious London weekend and they shared that sitting down for a relaxing afternoon tea should certainly be on the agenda: “No luxurious holiday is complete without afternoon tea. Our favourites are Fortnum and Mason or the Dorchester. Totally Tailored is also the first company in London to create an afternoon tea in a taxi experience. Sip tea, finger sandwiches, and French fancies as you watch the city sights fly by from the comfort of a London electric black cab, complete with a fitted table and panoramic Perspex roof.”
How to enjoy a luxurious weekend in London
- Book a luxury hotel
- Take a boat ride of the Thames
- A night at the opera or in the West End
- Enjoy a spectacular meal
- Sip on cocktails at one of London’s luxury bars
- Shop in iconic locations
- Book a private tour or chauffeur service
- Sit down for relaxing afternoon tea
Scarlett from the London lifestyle blog Diary of a Londoness, knows the capital scene well and has put her experience to use in suggesting her ideal itinerary. So, for even more ideas for what can be achieved, why not try some of the following?
“Luxury London doesn’t mean breaking the bank. Sleepover in fashionable Shoreditch at the eccentrically British Batty Langley’s and time travel with a candlelit tour of the Dennis Severs House next door. Start your day with brekkie and take in London’s skyline on the 40th floor of Salesforce Tower at Duck and Waffle, tuck into afternoon tea at The Wolesley and dine in the bar area of one of London’s top fish restaurants: J Sheekey.
“Follow in royal footsteps and have a nightcap in Rules restaurant cocktail bar where Edward VII entertained his mistress Lillie Langtry. Royally-appointed Fortnum’s is best for biscuits and gin, and bookworms should visit Hatchards, London’s oldest bookshop next door. When you’re ready to put your feet up, sink back with a glass of bubbly and enjoy a film in London’s most luxurious cinema, The Electric Portobello.”
If you think a London weekend break could be in your future, we hope you consider some of the above recommendations for a truly luxurious time away. From beautiful accommodation and spectacular meals to private tours of London’s best sites, it’s all possible.
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