London has been one of the most-visited cities in the world for many years. Brexit and the Covid-19 crisis might have changed this a bit recently, but the capital of the United Kingdom remains one of the world’s most important and widely-known cities and one that will surely keep attracting both leisure and business visitors in the future.
It’s true that London is relatively pricey compared to many other places in Europe, but budget-friendly options like hostel and supermarket meal deals open the doors to London even to budget-conscious visitors.
Today, however, we will focus on the opposite type of traveller. One that can really enjoy London in ultimate style without worrying about spending a bit too much.
With its grand old-fashioned buildings, a plethora of sophisticated shopping malls, and an endless array of fancy bars and restaurants, there is plenty to do in London for the luxury traveller. Let’s look at some of the city’s best attractions for those who like the finer things in life!
Go shopping at Harrods
Here you can purchase clothes, shoes, handbags made by some of the world’s greatest designers – and all sorts of other items – as well as some of the fanciest confectionery and food in the world.
Rent a private pod on the London Eye
The London Eye is often thought of as a tourist trap that is painfully busy – who wants to spend half an hour packed into a pod with 30 other tourists?!
However, if you have the money to spend, you can rent a pod on the London Eye – so you can enjoy the breathtaking vistas of the capital, with no other tourists! Pay a little extra, and they’ll even bring champagne to you too.
Afternoon tea at the Strand Palace
There’s nothing quite so British as a delicious afternoon tea, and nowhere quite as wonderful to enjoy it as The Strand Palace! This is one of London’s quintessential deluxe hotels, and is one of the most sophisticated places to eat in the city.
Enjoy a range of sandwiches including egg and watercress, salmon and dill sour cream, and grilled ham on cheese, washed down with a traditional English tea. Second course is a variety of fine cakes and scones with Cornish cream.
Spend big at the casino
Online casino games like blackjack are indeed rising in popularity, however, there is something really magical about London casinos that makes it worth leaving your hotel WiFi!
Some of London’s finest casinos include the century-old Les Ambassadeurs with chandeliers and marble and gold decor, or the casino at the Ritz hotel.
Check out London’s fine dining scene
Away from afternoon tea, there are plenty of culinary delights to enjoy in the British capital. Try Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, one of only three eateries in the city with three Michelin stars.
Or, eat at his rival’s restaurant – Marcus Wareing serves delicious meals at The Berkeley – a restaurant he started after falling out with Ramsey!
For classic French food, try Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at The Dorchester. And if you really want to go for something luxurious, try out The Lecture Room and Library at Sketch.
This restaurant has gained a reputation for being one of the most expensive and elite places to eat in London. If you want to go all out, their special treat menu consists of eight courses and will set you back around five hundred pounds. It’s pricey, but it’s well worth it.
Go drinking in London’s best haunts
London is bursting with classy bars and clubs that are ideal places to enjoy a tipple, or even have a dance, in the evening. The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz is a popular celebrity hangout, and with its glittery decor and plush seating, it’s unsurprising that residents and visitors to the city flock here. Claridge’s also offers a wonderful bar offering some of the capital’s best fine dining and drinking.
Sky Garden is one of London’s top attractions, but The Pod is another classy place to go drinking in the evening. You’ll be able to admire the beautiful view beneath you as you sip on some of the venue’s signature cocktails.
Take a Private Tour Around the City
Fancy seeing the sights of London, but not taking a crowded tour bus? You can hire a driver and knowledgeable guide for the day and be transported to all of the sights on your list in privacy and luxury!
You’ll usually be able to request where you want to visit, or you can go with a tried and tested itinerary recommended by your guide.
Luxury Places to Stay in London
The Savoy is one of London’s finest hotels. Housed in an Edwardian building, this 5-star hotel has a range of bespoke amenities including butler service, a gym and spa, and fine dining restaurant.
The Dorchester is located in an Art Deco building with an impressive history, spanning back to 1931. Enjoy a top quality spa and choose from four restaurants at this establishment that absolutely oozes Britishness.
The Ritz is possibly London’s most famous hotel. Built with French architecture in mind, this establishment fits seamlessly into its Piccadilly location. Every room is decorated with deluxe, state of the art features, and on site there are all the facilities you could need – including a hair dresser!
Hopefully, this London guide has helped you work out some of the best things that there are to do in this capital. For these luxury activities, restaurants, and hotels, you will spend a bit of money – but they are well worth doing if you are able.
London’s a wonderful city, jam packed with interesting things to see and do, and these wonderful activities are just a start!