London

England, Europe

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    From Boho to Soho (with a break for afternoon tea in between)

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    From Boho to Soho (with a break for afternoon tea in between)

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    From Boho to Soho (with a break for afternoon tea in between)

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    From Boho to Soho (with a break for afternoon tea in between)

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    From Boho to Soho (with a break for afternoon tea in between)

How to enjoy London

From the fine art galleries of Mayfair and St James  (bring your wallet, this art is for sale) to the elegant terraces surrounding Regent’s Park, sophisticated London abounds. For an edgier side to the city, head to Soho, for the excellent restaurants

  • Explore Shepherd Market, a tiny backstreet square where London’s glitterati of Royals and A-listers go to club and dine
  • To see London from the highest vantage point, take the express lift (no elevators in these parts) to the newly opened observation platform on The Shard
  • Upmarket shopping can be found on Bond Street, South Molton Street and Savile Row. For one-offs and independents, explore the boutiques of King’s Road. Borough Market is perfect to explore stalls featuring local produce, and don’t forget the antique shops on Portobello Road.

Nowhere best captures the understated glamour, impeccable manners and intriguing idiosyncrasies of the British upper classes than the streets around Mayfair. To get up close and personal, however, you have to join in the traditions. Tea at The Ritz or Claridges is a must. (It’s even listed as a proper meal alongside breakfast, lunch and dinner on their menus). Don’t forget an appointment with your man in Jermyn Street (for exquisitely tailored shirts and suits).

For more quintessentially English experiences venture away from the central hub of Mayfair. South of the river there’s Wimbledon. Outside of the tournament, visit the tennis club. It has a museum and drips wealth. The boutiques and cafes of Wimbledon Village are worth an afternoon too. Finally, don’t forget the Queen. It would be rude not to stop by if you are in town. Buckingham Palace does tours. A tourist honeypot, but you can book exclusive tours of the State Rooms.

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    When to visit London

    April: For a ticket-free sporting experience, join the throng along the banks of the Thames at Putney or Chiswick and watch the annual battle between Oxford and Cambridge Universities: The Boat Race (Pimm’s obligatory).
    May: Chelsea Flower Show
    June/July: To see the world’s greatest tennis players in action, get tickets for Wimbledon during the last week of June and first of July.
    July: Henley Royal Regatta
    August : Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
    September: London Fashion Week

Hotels we adore in London

Here are the hotels that we love in London. We've shared our insight about what makes each one special to help you select the perfect place to stay

The Dorchester

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Exquisite English pedigree on Park Lane

Known for: Hosting worldwide royalty

Brown's Hotel, a Rocco Forte hotel

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Bold British luxury in marvellous Mayfair

Known for: Always in fashion, in the heart of Mayfair

Claridges

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Timeless glamour in desirable Mayfair

Known for: Its afternoon tea

ME London

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Chic and sleek in arty Covent Garden

Known for: Its young, hip vibe

The Connaught

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Luxe living in the heart of Mayfair

Known for: The Connaught Bar’s cocktails are legendary

The Lanesborough

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London's elegant grand residence

Known for: Being very British

The Milestone

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Lavish suites, lavish service

Known for: Gloriously individual

The Savoy

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Sparkles with quintessential London style

Known for: Being a London icon

  • Gourmet Guide

    London is stuffed with fabulous Michelin starred restaurants, many of them located within the hotels on these pages. But venture out a little and discover world class dining for all tastes and budgets.

    L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Covent Garden is sure to hit the right note, while stalwarts like Le Gavroche, Nobu and Hakkasan pull in the crowds in stylish Mayfair.

    The Ivy is a London institution at almost 100 years old, and attracts a particularly glamorous clientele; while you wait to be seated expect to catch a glimpse of models, actors and artists being escorted to their preferred table.

    The recent resurgence of classic British cuisine is best sampled at Hawksmoor (either Seven Dials or Spitalfields) and St John in Smithfields; while perennial favorites Ottolenghi and Moro offer a casual vibe and Mediterranean cuisine.

    For a lunchtime treat try one of the many gastropubs in the capital. Expect quirky interior design and eclectic menus—a refreshing change from bland chain restaurants.

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