London offers nothing but the very best for its visitors and residents and the examples below are no exception.
From indulgent spa treatments and shopping to sumptuous afternoon teas, the capital really does have a wealth of tempting goodies to give everyone a special treat – and much of it is free!
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9.00: Breakfast at Harvey Nichols and tour of store
The flagship London store opened in its present form on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street in the 1880s. There are a total of eight floors of fashion, beauty and home collections with the Fifth Floor dedicated to food and restaurants.
13.00: Spa treatment at the May Fair Spa
Discover the exotic at the spa at The May Fair hotel. Enjoy the mineralising muds and natural salts of the Cleopatra Bathing Experience. If that's not luxurious enough, how about the Multi-Sensory Storm Shower, Ice Fountain or Hammam Relaxation? The spa offers one-hour treatments for busy professionals, day packages, bridal packages and courses of treatments.
13.00: Afternoon tea at the Berkeley – Prêt-à-Portea
Prêt-à-Portea has been designed to add a creative twist to the traditional English afternoon tea. The cakes and pastries are inspired by the latest fashion season’s catwalk designs while the savouries come in miniature mouthfuls for the figure conscious.
Wilton Place, London, SW1X 7RL (Hyde Park Corner / Knightsbridge underground)
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18.00: Indulge in the Champagne Experience on the EDF Energy London Eye
At 135m, The EDF Energy London Eye is the world's largest cantilevered observation wheel. It was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects and was launched in 2000. It has already won over 75 awards for national and international tourism, outstanding architectural quality and engineering achievement and has now welcomed over 27 million visitors. To really make your London Eye Experience sparkle, enjoy a glass of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne served by your host while you relax and enjoy the sublime views of London. The Champagne Experience is perfect for small groups and couples, and includes priority boarding. Every adult also receives a complimentary mini guide.
20.00: Cocktails and dinner at SUSHISAMBA
Located in the top three floors of Heron Tower on Bishopsgate, SUSHISAMBA delivers a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture and cuisine to the City of London. The venue has the highest outdoor terraces in London, offering unparalleled views of the City. Two express scenic lifts from the ground level will transport guests to SUSHISAMBA, taking drinking and dining in the capital to new heights.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY (Liverpool Street station)
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10.00: Explore Selfridges
Selfridges is one of the world's finest department stores and dominates the west end of Oxford Street. The shop has six floors offering 10 acres of shopping space, 11 places to eat, two exhibition halls and countless services. From high fashion to hi-fi, wardrobe coordination to wedding lists, it's every shop you'll ever need. Take a look around Selfridges' famous Wonder Room. Here you'll find high-end pieces from around the world and many unique items, from diamond-encrusted iPods to fine wine.
400 Oxford Street London W1H 6HB (Bond Street underground)
12.00: Lunch at Hix Restaurant and Champagne Bar
Hix Restaurant and Champagne Bar is located on the mezzanine floor overlooking Selfridges’ bustling high-end accessory hall. The restaurant boasts a beautiful pewter champagne and crustacean bar and a 90-seat dining room designed by Conran, with work by British artists Gary Webb, Mat Collishaw and Tracey Emin. British and European classics are served throughout the day. Hix Restaurant and Champagne Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a light lunch and a glass of champagne or a relaxing evening meal after a long day’s shopping.
14.00: Visit the Courtauld Gallery
Famous for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces as well as outstanding earlier paintings and drawings, The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Ranging from Botticelli, Cranach and Rubens to Monet, Gauguin, Cézanne and Van Gogh, this magnificent collection is displayed in the elegant 18th-century setting of Somerset House. World-famous paintings include Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergère, Van Gogh's Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Renoir's La Loge. In addition, The Courtauld Gallery offers a highly acclaimed programme of temporary exhibitions.
16.00: Enjoy a luxury spa treatment at ESPA at The Corinthia London
Spa-lovers must visit the magnificent flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia, spanning 35,000 sq ft and 4 floors, featuring 17 treatment rooms, a thermal floor, gym open 24/7 and Daniel Galvin hair salon.
Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD (Embankment / Charing Cross station)
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18.00: Early dinner
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19.30: See a show at the Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is synonymous with Victorian grandeur and hosts diverse events, from opera to circus to concerts. The venue is one of the UK's most treasured and magical buildings, recognisable the world over. Since opening in 1871, the Hall has had an unparalleled history of exceptional performances by the world’s leading artists. It hosted the only gig in history where The Beatles and The Rolling Stones played on the same bill, and has also played host to such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Oasis, Cream and Dame Shirley Bassey.
10.00: Explore Harrods
Since the store first opened its doors in 1849, Harrods has always prided itself on a reputation for excellence. But this is just part of the Harrods story. The store is much more than a shopping destination, more than just a splendid building. Its story is tied up in the people who have passed through its doors.
13.00: Lunch at Le Gavroche
Le Gavroche is an upmarket French restaurant located within 47 Park Street Hotel, offering classic dishes created by chef Michel Roux. The cellar produces a wide selection of wines and there is a set lunch menu. There is an inflexible dress code for gentlemen: shirt, jacket and tie. An exquisite private dining room is available, seating between 8 and 20 people with its own reception room and cocktail lounge. The restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars and continues to be a gourmet's delight.
43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7QR (Marble Arch underground)
15.30: Visit Burlington Arcade
London's Burlington Arcade was the world's first shopping arcade, opened in 1819 to great acclaim and now recognised as a historic and architectural masterpiece. The Burlington Arcade is the longest and one of the most beautiful covered shopping streets in Britain. This oasis of calm is one of London's hidden treasures packed with luxury accessories.
From the classic to contemporary a huge variety of the finest goods are on offer. Softest cashmere to sparkling antiques, vintage watches, connoisseur writing materials, fine fragrance and top quality leather goods. Shop with the World's most feted celebrities at the Burlington Arcade, a welcome retreat from the swirling bustle and noise of London's streets. www.burlington-arcade.co.uk
51 Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly London (Picadilly Circus / Green Park underground)
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20.00: Visit the National Portrait Gallery for the Late Shift
The National Portrait Gallery is open until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays. The Portrait
Restaurant and bar also stay open late, and there's live music on Friday evenings. Plus, look out for Late Shifts until 10pm on Fridays, four times a year.
St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE (Charing Cross)
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09.00: Shopping in Belgravia
Pimlico Road is more of a village than a road, an elegant design district where eminent brands such as David Linley, Jane Churchill and Soane sit alongside independent art and antique shops. Motcomb Street, with its cobbled street, bijou feel and individual charm, is home to high-end specialist retailers in fashion, art and antiques, as well as health and beauty salons and top-quality restaurants.
The elegant Elizabeth Street features an abundance of sophisticated and quirky shops ranging from Henry Stokes stationer, to hat maker Philip Treacy’s only London store, Jenny Packham and jewellers Erickson Beamon, De Vroomen and Kim Poor.
Belgravia, SW1X 8BX (Victoria/Sloane Square underground)
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12.00: Lunch at Le Pont de la Tour
Le Pont de la Tour combines traditional yet innovative French cuisine, an award-winning wine list, knowledgeable and friendly staff and thoughtful design that evokes the Parisian chic of the 1930s. The restaurant interior recreates the feel of a dining room in an ocean liner and allows you to watch the boats and world go by, while enjoying the lifestyle of a ‘bon vivant’. In fine weather you can dine on our famous riverside terraces with their glamorous views of both the City and Tower Bridge.
The Bar & Grill at Le Pont de la Tour offers bistro-style cooking. At dinner, it metamorphoses into a candle-lit French brasserie, with a pianist providing the soundtrack to your evening.
36d Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YE (London Bridge underground)
13.30: The View from the Shard
The View from The Shard is the premium visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe's tallest building, and London's newest landmark, The Shard.
Designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano, the Shard redefines London’s skyline and has become a dynamic symbol of London. At a height of up to 800ft or 244m, The View from The Shard offers spectacular views over London for up to 40 miles. Twice as high as any other vantage point in the city, it is the only place where visitors can see the entire city at once.
19.00: Saturday Night Film Club at Covent Garden Hotel
Book in for the Saturday night ‘Film Club’ at five star retreat, The Covent Garden Hotel in Seven Dials which includes an option of quintessentially British afternoon tea or a two-course dinner and glass of wine followed by a screening of a classic or latest release in their impressive, state-of-the-art screening room, for £35 per person.
10 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, WC2
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Late evening: Drinks at Bourne and Hollingsworth
Bourne & Hollingsworth promotes period tipples such as white ladies, gin fizzes and gimlets all served up with cup cakes and macaroons in this 1930's era bar. Named after an old West End department store, tiny cocktail bar Bourne & Hollingsworth evokes a bygone age, with floral wallpaper, old-fashioned pictures and vintage teacups. Cocktails include The Gatsby, Chimp's Fizz and Gardner's Tea Break. Look out for regular retro events such as Prohibition and Blitz Party.
28 Rathbone Place, Marylebone, London, W1T 1JF (Tottenham Court Road underground)