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
The May Fair Spa Experience....Guests are encouraged to arrive up to one hour prior to appointment as all treatments include use of the herbal sauna, aromatic steam room and relaxation room. This indulgent heat sequence will let you unwind in the elements that make May Fair Spa so unique and enable you to get the most from your treatment.
Before all facial treatments, therapists will carry out an advanced UV analysis to understand the unique makeup of your skin, and will prescribe accordingly.
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 Tasting Experience on the Coca-Cola London Eye
At 135m, The Coca-Cola London Eye is the world's largest cantilevered observation wheel. To really make your London Eye Experience sparkle, taste five varieties of Champagne served by your expert host while you relax and enjoy the sublime views of London. The Champagne Tasting Experience is perfect for small groups and couples, and includes two 30-minute rotations, tasting notes and Q&A session, accompanied fast track entry and entry to 4D cinema experience. Every adult also receives a complimentary 360° mini guide and a Samsung interactive in-capsule guide.
20.00: Cocktails and dinner at MNKY HSE
One of London's hottest new restaurants, serving high-quality, contemporary Latin American food and drink, alongside live music and DJ performances, bringing a vibrant blend of London funk and Latin spirit to Mayfair.
The first UK-based project from Pablo Peñalosa Nájera (Four Seasons – Bogotà/ Morimoto - Mexico City), will see him re-visit his indigenous roots, combining traditional elements of Latin American cuisine with modern British seasonal ingredients.
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)
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12.00: Lunch at Chiltern Firehouse
This exclusive Marylebone venue blends brasserie style with modern American cuisine; all under the watch of acclaimed head chef Nuno Mendes from his open kitchen. Since its opening, “the Firehouse” has attracted a host of A-listers due to the prestige of owner André Balazs, who also runs New York's The Mercer Hotel and Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.
1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA (Baker Street underground)
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14.00: Visit Leighton House
The former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. Contains extraordinary period interiors including the Arab Hall. Also houses a permanent exhibition of Victorian paintings, drawings and sculpture, including works by Leighton, Burne-Jones, Millais, Stevens, Alma-Tadema and the Cecil French Bequest. The rooms are furnished in period style and the Arab Hall is the most unusual feature of the house. Also changing contemporary exhibitions.
12 Holland Park Road, London, W14 8LZ (High Street Kensington underground)
16.00: Enjoy a luxury spa treatment at the Peak Health Club & Spa, Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Located in fashionable Knightsbridge, the Peak Health Club & Spa features a fully equipped gym, golf simulator, aerobics studio, sauna, steam room, and 20m heated indoor pool.
The Peak Health Club & Spa offers a wonderful range of treatments, from a gentle head massage to a nourishing and rejuvenating body wrap. Premium products used include skin care brands SKEYNDOR, Phyto5, and HydraFacial plus polishes and nail treatments from celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann.
18.00: Early dinner at Fera
Inspired by the constant changing of the seasons, Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge's is a creative and natural take on modern British cuisine. Renowned chef Simon Rogan's ever-changing à la carte and tasting menus capture the true essence of nature through its textures, tastes and sense of perpetual evolution.
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 Liberty London
Since 1875 Liberty has proudly stood at the heart of London renowned for its eclectic choice of unique and innovative products coupled with an unforgettable service.
From the perfect gift to the one off product you can’t find anywhere else in the world, over six floors of our mock-Tudor building, Liberty offers everything for the savvy and sophisticated shopper looking for that special something.
12.00: 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
13.00: Lunch at Thomas's
Burberry's very own café is named after the brand's founder Thomas Burberry and can be found within the London flagship store on Regent Street.
The café will offer quintessential British classics, from afternoon tea to lobster with chips. Thomas's offers the finest seasonal ingredients from small farmers and artisan suppliers across the UK.
5 Vigo Street, Thomas's Cafe, London W1S 3HA (Piccadilly Circus / Green Park underground)
15.00: Customise your very own bespoke fragrance at Floris
Floris is an English retailer of toiletries and accessories. They are also perfumers to Her Majesty the Queen and have held 16 royal warrants.
The London store is in Jermyn Street, London in the same building Juan Floris created the business in the 18th Century. The mahogany counter still used in the store was purchased directly from the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park in 1851. Many customs still endure today, an example of which is the passing of cash change to customers on a velvet pad.
Enjoy a 2 hour appointment with a Floris perfumer and create your unique 100ml Eau de Parfum with Certificate of Provenance.
19.30: Dinner at Park Chinois
Luxury Asian restaurant in the heart of Mayfair from the legendary Hong Kong-born Alan Yau, bringing to life the glamour of 1930s Shanghai.
10.00: 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.
12.00: Lunch at City Social
Restaurateur Jason Atherton showcases his culinary expertise at this restaurant on the 24th floor of Tower 42, in the heart of London's financial district. This stylish Michelin-starred eatery features sweeping views of the London skyline and modern European dishes from Head Chef Paul Walsh.
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ (Liverpool Street underground/rail)
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14.30: 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.
Make the views extra special and treat yourself to London’s highest Champagne Experience. Enjoy the unparalleled panoramic views of the city below whilst sipping on a glass of Champagne Lanson from the top of Western Europe’s tallest building. You’ll experience London like never before!
18.30: Early dinner at Sexy Fish
Enjoy contemporary cuisine with cutting-edge art and design in this vibrant and modern dining experience from the group behind The Ivy and J Sheekey.
Berkeley Square's Sexy Fish presents Asian-inspired menus masterminded by global chef Ben Orpwood.
This 190-seat restaurant includes such features as a large ceiling mural created by Michael Roberts, style editor at Vanity Fair.
20.30: 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 stays 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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