Treat yourself! Experience a luxury day in London

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Are you celebrating a special birthday? Or your engagement? Did you get a promotion or started your dream job? Then why not treat yourself and go on a special luxury trip to London?

 

Fly in style

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The first part of your luxurious trip to London actually starts at home, when you lock the door and head over to the airport. When you have only a day or two to explore London, timings are very important. And what if you live in a city that is not directly connected to London? It’s a shame to lose one day only on flights and navigating through airports.

So why not fly in style, with your own personal private jet? By choosing to fly with VistaJet, you only pay for the hours you are actually in the air, and not for any other positioning fees. Do you want to take your pooch with you on your trip? No worries, you can (just don’t forget to check the pets regulations if you are flying to the United Kingdom). Flying with a private jet means that you can have a tailor-made experience, where you choose your favorite food, your favourite bottle of wine and even get a chauffer to wait for you at the airport to take you straight to your hotel, hassle free!

 

Stay at Claridge’s London

Rumours say that Claridge’s London is one of the best 5 stars hotels in the world, and who am I to dismiss them? Luxurious, eclectic, elegant, glamorous and impeccable, these would be the 5 words that would describe Claridge’s.

Since 1856, when it opened, many celebrities have chosen Claridge’s as their favourite place to stay in London, so why not do the same? Claridge’s is not only luxury but it exceeds with its perfection and high-quality guests service. Here you are not just another visitor, you are THE guest.

The hotel features an art deco style, with pieces created by world famous influential designers.

 

VIP your way through the crowds and enjoy a glass of bubbly at the London Eye

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Cliché or not, London Eye is one of the attractions that you can’t miss when you visit London. The views from the top are beautiful and, in my opinion, much better than from the Shard. London is not (yet) a tall city, and the height of the London Eye is perfect to observe the rooftops and the skyline of the city.

But London Eye is always crowded, you might think. Sure, but as a VIP, you can always skip the line and have an exclusive experience just for you and your friends. You can even rent a pod just for yourself!

Bubbly in the sky, with a view of London? Yes please! Skip the lines with a VIP ticket and enjoy the exclusive pre-boarding Lounge at the London Eye. You will get to ride London’s famous wheel twice, whilst enjoying a chocolate and truffle tasting from Hotel Chocolat together with two glasses of prosecco.

Is there a better way to start the day?

 

Shopping at The Harrods

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There are two spots in London when you’re in the mood for some luxury shopping: The Harrods in Kensington and Bond street in Mayfair. You can easily spend an entire day without being able to pass by all 330 department of Harrods. If you only have a few hours to spare, check in with the personal shopping assistance “By Appointment”, a luxury service that provides you with a team dedicated to fulfil all your designer desires. The service is complimentary and includes a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce to take you and your shopping bags back to your hotel.

You can find most of the well-known designer creations in Harrods, such as Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Armani, Versace, Tiffani & Co, so there are plenty of choices on where to shop.

 

Afternoon tea at The BerkeleyPret_Hero

Nothing says “British” more than a traditional afternoon high tea. And where better to have tea with a twist than at the Berkeley Hotel? Head Pastry Chef Mourad Khiat has developed the Pret-a-Portea collection for the Berkeley, inspired by the latest creations on the fashion catwalks.

Go for the Couture Champagne Pret-a-Portea, which includes a glass of Laurent Perrier Rose, Bollinger Rose or Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, at your choice. Your high tea will include a selection of fusion sandwiches such as the juniper smoked salmon with pickled vegetables, horseradish cream, watercress and rye, or the grilled aubergine with piquillo peppers, olives, feta cheese and hummus on tomato bread. Yumm, right?

But this is not all! You high tea will also have a selection of savoury treats, such as Cornish crab or miso seared yellowfin tuna.

As delicious as what you’re read so far might sound, the best part is yet to come: the cakes and biscuits inspired by the world’s finest designers. This season, chef Mourad Khiat was inspired by Miu Miu, Tom Ford, Aruna Seth, Versace, Erdem, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph & Russo, Richard Quinn and Elie Saab.

 

Spa break at ESPA Life at the Corinthia

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After all that shopping, you deserve a break! Minutes from Trafalgar Square, you will find the five stars Corinthia Hotel, home of the next generation of Spa, ESPA Life.

Probably the most luxurious spa in London, ESPA Life at the Corinthia Hotel is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon at. Their concept is a holistic approach to wellbeing, with personalised programmes created by globally acclaimed alternative health professionals. The spa is spread over 4 floors and has 17 treatment rooms, a private indoor pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna and an ice fountain. The marble loungers are heated and there are also private sleeping pods, where you can continue the relaxation after having a treatment done.

My recommended package is the “Journey from Head to Toe”, which includes a Chinese fusion massage, a Chinese reflexology massage, use of the thermal floor facilities and a glass of bubbly.

 

Dinner at The Dorchester

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After a wonderful afternoon spent at the spa, is time for diner, and my choice for a luxurious taste buds experience is the 3 Michelin stars Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester restaurant. Executive Chef Jean-Phillipe Blondet reimagines the modern French cuisine, with the fresh and seasonal ingredients being the main characters on the plate.

Dining at Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester is not only an evening out, but an entire experience, starting from the moment you step into the restaurant and are greeted by the soft, elegant decor and the attention to details. In fact, the décor is inspired by Alain Ducasse’s cuisine.

For dinner you can choose the 7-course tasting menu, or the a la carte. The menu changes every season, and it is always based on fresh ingredients. If you plan on visit the restaurant this season, you will find in the menu dishes like “Dorset crab, celeriac and caviar”, “Green asparagus from Provence and sea urchin”, Milk-fed lamb, green peas and mint”, and “Native lobster, celery and homardine sauce”. Hard to choose, isn’t it?

 

End your night with cocktails at Galvin at Windows

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The night is still young, so after an exquisite dinner, move to the nearby Galvin at Windows bar, on top of the Hilton Park Lane hotel, at the 28th floor.

Now, as an avid traveller, this is my type of bar. Their signature cocktails menu has been inspired by the bar manager’s travels to different corners of the world. You will find in it cocktails that make you think of Japan, France, Greece, Cuba, Chile, Singapore, Madagascar and many other exciting countries. The menu itself is designed as a passport, with entry stamps and visas among which you can find the ingredients of the cocktails you are about to experience.

The bar also has a whiskey collection, so why not end the night with a 1948 Glenivet, as a treat?

 

 

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42 Comments

  1. London is one of the places on my bucket list. I really would love to have bubbly and chocolate on the London Eye. What a treat. Shopping at Harrods, and going to have tea. What a dream. I want to go now!

  2. i haven’t been to london yet but i’ve heard that the food scene is amazing. you have a lot of really great suggestions and tips.

  3. Sounds like an amazing experience, one that’s unforgettable as well. It’s truly nice to treat yourself to an experience like this especially in a beautiful city like London! LOVE IT!

  4. Omg my dream! Everything looks so gorgeous and luxurious! I’m hoping to visit London one day and experience the beauty myself!

  5. What a fabulous experience that would be! I’ve got a few of these places on my to visit list for the next few times I am in London, especially visiting Galvin for cocktails! I’ll definitely be keeping this post in mind on my next trip

  6. Vistajet sound fantastic – I would certainly love a flight on a private jet! You’ve definitely showcased the best places for a luxurious London trip!

  7. What a beautiful way to share your experience in London. Looking forward to spent my quality time with my partner in theses beautiful places along with this beautiful dishes.

  8. Wow! London is such awesome place to visit and it seems that you really had agreat experience there. I will definitely add this to my bucket lists.

  9. I adore all things Art Deco and Claridges has been on my list of “to visit” hotels for years. Once London calms down a bit, I might venture there for an afternoon tea. At the moment, the news isn’t too inspiring.

  10. I live in London and absolutely love it! I’ve actually done a few of the things on your list though as it’s nice to see London from a different perspective compared to just the place I live x

  11. I never been to London, but definitely its in my bucket list. I know this city have that great status, and I want to experience it 🙂 thank you for your guide!

  12. This looks luxurious, to say the least. I wish I had a good $100,000 to blow on a weekend like this because it looks decadent AF. What would be your favorite activity if you were to only do one? I think I would opt for the private jet, I’ve never been on a private jet before and would probably find it really sweet.

  13. That sounds like an amazing day in London and those pictures are stunning! And I really have to visit this bar just because the menu is designed as a passport, that’s awesome!

  14. This looks like an amazing way to experience London. I would love to have a day at the spa and eat that delicious food.

  15. Did you say private jets?! I’m in! I actually publish a magazine for private jets in the GCC so this is pretty cool to read. Felt like home! Thanks for sharing and the spa at the Corinthia I will try next time in London! Thanks for sharing

  16. Now this is my kind of post! I’ve had the Pret-a-Portea at The Berkeley, and it’s excellent. I also went to the ESPA at the Corinthia and really enjoyed it. It’s pricey but an amazing experience and one I highly recommend.

  17. Wow this is travelling in style! The afternoon tea looks super cute too! One of my favourites in London is to go to Liberty… the store is stunning, but only window shopping for me!

  18. You have laid out such a fairytale of a perfect day in London! I’d do anything to have such an amazing view from the hotel! I’m sharing this to one of my friends who’s going there for a trip! Thanks for sharing with all the details! 🙂

  19. Okay you convinced me! I need to do ALL of this! London is definitely on the list for next year! I’m going to have to save this so I can reference it later!

  20. That spa is stunning!! Unfortunately it would take me 7 paychecks to pay for it, but I can dream!!! What a great day this would be

  21. Such a great post <3 Hope that one day I could have a chance to visit London and others destination in England. I`m sure that my experience there will be one of the most memorable moments in my life. Thank you

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