With a population in excess of eight million people, London is one of the world’s most iconic, exciting and intriguing cities. People travel from all corners of the globe to get a look at Big Ben, try and see the Queen chilling out in Buckingham Palace and walk the streets of the city.
Whilst London can be somewhat budget friendly, and there are plenty of things to do in the city that don’t cost the earth, it’s a fantastic place to visit for a special occasion, or if you’re just looking to indulge in some luxury experiences.
Pick an amazing hotel
London is absolutely brimming with incredible hotels that you can splurge on.
The modern and contemporary Corinthia Hotel on the banks of the River Thames has a wonderful spa, gorgeous rooms and everything you’d expect from a world-class five star hotel.
Other modern favourites are The Connaught in Westminster and the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge.
If you fancy something a tad more traditional then there’s favourite institutions The Ritz, Claridges, The Savoy, The Dorchester and St. Pancras Renaissance.
Shop ’till you drop
The UK’s capital city has some of the best shopping experiences the world over.
A visit to London wouldn’t be complete without popping into luxury department store, Harrods. Harrods is one of the world’s most famous department stores and has absolutely everything you could possibly need all under one rather beautiful roof.
Other fab shopping destinations in London include Saville Row, Kings Road, Dover Street Market and Bond Street. Prepare to clear out your bank account when visiting all these places!
Eat, eat, eat
As one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities it’s no surprise that London has so many world-class restaurants.
There are multiple Michelin starred restaurants dotted around the city. There’s Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester hotel, Le Gavroche, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (if you fancy a f*?£ing good meal) and Le Tante Claire. Be sure to book well in advance if you want to dine in any of these restaurants as they are incredibly popular, especially at the weekend.
If you fancy something a little more adventurous dining wise then why not have lunch or dinner in London’s tallest building, The Shard? On the 31st floor is Aqua Shard, Oblix is on the 32nd floor and Ting occupies the 35th floor. Gong cocktail bar on the 52nd floor is also the perfect spot for some pre or post dinner drinks overlooking the glittering lights of the city.
Chill at a spa
If you want to seriously indulge in some relaxation during your trip to London then there’s no better way to do so than by checking into one of the cities top spas.
I’ve already mentioned the Corinthia Hotel as being an amazing place to stay and it’s also home to a rather fantastic spa. The spa uses ESPA products and techniques and is renowned for being the best place in London to get a really great facial for glowing, fresh, healthy skin.
Bamford Haybarn Spa at The Berkley Hotel is another top spa location in the city for some R&R. As well as offering a tonne of different decadent treatments guests can also make use of the rooftop pool that overlooks Hyde Park and has a retractable roof for those rare sunny days.
Other great spas to check out during a trip to London are The Bulgari Spa, Grace Belgravia, Ushvani, Akasha Spa, The Dorchester Spa and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental. Pick one and prepare for a truly special experience.
Do some sightseeing
Visiting London without seeing some of it’s iconic buildings and landmarks just wouldn’t be right, but how about seeing them from the air? And no, I don’t mean from the top of The London Eye.
Splash out on a helicopter tour of London (there are loads of different companies that offer these) and see the city from an entirely different perspective. What could be more fun than whizzing through the air above the River Thames, Big Ben, The Shard and all of the other icons that make London what it is.