The Big Smoke, the home of the West End, and a regal choice for travelers seeking a destination hot on events, glorious history, evocative museums, and spectacular shopping – London has it all. From wandering the gold leaf state rooms of Buckingham Palace to helicopter flights above Westminster, afternoon tea at The Ritz and catching controversial exhibitions at the Tate, you may tire of the weather, but you will never tire of the Great British capital.
Where to Stay
Some would argue that an open-air rooftop pool in stereotypically rainy London is not the brightest idea, but we don’t agree. The British metropolis on a sunny Spring and Summer day couldn’t be more enjoyable, and there’s nothing better than a dip in the pool after a day of luxury shopping and black cab hopping. The Berkeley offers the best of 5-star luxury and, yes, that does include a rooftop gallery terrace with an open-air pool and sunbeds at the sides. The style of the hotel is truly upscale comfortable where nothing is too much yet everything is above and beyond. An excellent offer of bars and restaurants await you here, and the health and spa club will rejuvenate you after a day of business meetings or simply enjoying London in a leisurely manner.
Our London Destination Guide also includes a Luxury Hotel Guide with all the finest picks across the city.
Where to Dine
In a nutshell, Spring is a beautifully grown-up restaurant to come to for dinner. It is expensive, quietly elegant, and doesn’t care much about trends. Instead, it is thoroughly refined in a timeless way. The menu changes daily here. It always showcases the finest seasonal British foods and ingredients – slow-cooked pork with sage, fennel and blood orange, sirloin steak with Jerusalem artichokes, grilled leeks, and aioli. Bourbon-infused desserts and classic crumbles are to die for. The restaurant is led by Skye Gyngell, a former head chef at the Michelin-starred Petersham Nurseries. Spring restaurant is housed in a restored 19th-century drawing room that was previously closed to the public for 150 years, so you can definitely get the sense of exclusivity here. The cooking is heartfelt, wholesome, produce-driven, and cooked by a team of people who are passionate about what they do and feel truly privileged to work with beautiful ingredients.
Our London Destination Guide also includes a Restaurant Guide with all the top gastronomic experience across town.
What to Do
Every year London plays host to a plethora of star-studded events, all starting with the London Fashion Week hitting catwalks around the Strand. Spring sees the Water Yacht Show sail down the Thames, and summer comes with a dollop of strawberries and cream at the elite sporting event of Wimbledon and the Royal Ascot. Knightsbridge is the spot to splurge if you are looking for designer gems without the crowds that flock Oxford Street. Both Harrods and Harvey Nichols reside here boasting an endless array of gourmet goodies, high-class knick-knacks and fashionista fun.
Sloan Street is the place to linger for those craving Gucci, Armani, and Christian Dior. While over on Bond Street you will find Tiffany’s, Cartier and Sotheby’s Antiques. London’s cocktail scene is certainly worth exploring, whether in the elaborate 1930’s Shanghai style of the China Tang Bar or sipping a flawless French 75 at the famed Dukes Bar on St James Place.
What to Pack
A pinnacle of the fashion calendar, London Fashion Week continuously pioneers in the industry each season. A hub where peacocks flock to gaze, socialize and show off their new wardrobe to a barrage of photographers. When planning your fashion week attire it’s important to remain true to your style, while a lot of brands reach out to dress people, it’s interesting to see who’s making trends of their own out on the streets. This Nanushka Blair Ruched Leather Blazer is tailored from optic white leather into a slim-fitting double-breasted silhouette. It’s a fashion-forward piece that can be worn at any number of events across the city. Pair it with this Bottega Veneta Small Leather Pouch for a minimalistic yet elegant look. Handcrafted in Italy from buttery caramel-colored calfskin, you can see and feel the quality of the craftsmanship, and it’s also versatile enough to be carried in-hand as a clutch or use the strap when you need to stay hands-free.