The luxuries of London

Today we have a guest post written by
Charlotte Stafford.
She writes about some of the finest places
to eat or stay in London.
London has some of the world’s finest
hotels and restaurants in the world.
Your visit could for that special occasion
or if you just want to be pampered on
your visit to London during Christmas or at any time.

[I]t is one of the world’s greatest cities and has been the seat of British royalty for centuries. With an unmatched architectural heritage that includes St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, London is redolent with luxury, rich in appeal to those who like the finer things in life. It has ruled over a huge empire, sent out expeditions far across the world and brought back treasures beyond compare. With its grand museums and chic galleries, its gorgeous parks and elegant hotels, it’s simply a must.

Wining and dining
One of the best things about London is its gourmet restaurant culture. Traditional French and modern Japanese cuisine come together in spectacular fashion at the Dorchester, which has three Michelin stars and is guaranteed to please. Hibiscus in Mayfair is a delight, with finest quality fresh ingredients brought in from Wales to create simple meals with sophisticated appeal; and of course there’s Pied á Terre, whose fiercely contemporary yet delicate dishes just melt in the mouth.

Luxury hotels
When it comes to luxurious London hotels, there’s still nowhere like the Ritz, which continues to live up to its grand reputation by delivering an experience that is rich in every detail yet never for a moment lacking in class. By contrast, Claridge’s is coolly charismatic, but it also has staff that understand the importance of attention to detail and a stay there never disappoints. After a busy day spent exploring the city, the spaciousness and elegance of a room at the Savoy is always a pleasure, whilst for sheer regal glory it is impossible to match the breathtaking Lanesborough Hotel.

Sights to see
No trip to London is complete without a visit to the British Museum, where visitors will discover something new every time. From the sublime sculptures from the Parthenon to the famous Rosetta Stone, it’s a place full of marvels. The National Gallery is also a must, with works by Renoir, Titian, Van Gogh, Da Vinci and more, whilst the Victoria and Albert Museum contains a multiplicity of artistic treasures and exotic curiosities collected through the ages. For those ready to travel just outside the city centre, a visit to The Globe makes it possible to enjoy Shakespeare’s plays as they were meant to be seen, and at night there’s nothing like a stroll along the Thames Embankment to take in its beautiful illuminated bridges.

Luxury shopping
London is famous worldwide for the quality of its shops, from the high profile glamour of Harrods or Fortnum & Mason to the long established sophistication of Savile Row. For hidden art galleries, exquisite fashion boutiques and the very best antique dealers, Mayfair is the place to go, and there’s really nothing like the thrill of Bond Street for the lover of contemporary chic, with designers like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana all within easy reach. London is a city where it’s easy to lose oneself in luxury and it’s a city that the well-to-do traveller will want to return to again and again.

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