Beautiful London is the perfect getaway for a luxury vacation. A vibrant city packed with gorgeous architecture, award-winning bars and restaurants and world-famous attractions. If itís glamour youíre looking for, then this is the place to be. Hereís our hit list of the Big Smokeís most luxurious destinations.
1. Harrods, Knightsbridge
The world famous department store is one of the most expensive places to shop in London but is one of the most luxurious, featuring all of the UKís top designer brands as well as those from overseas. The store is packed with history too Ė in 1898, Englandís first escalator was installed here and brave customers received brandy at the top. Almost anything can be purchased here Ė and back in the day, absolutely anything could be. In 1969, two men famously bought a lion cub from Harrods, later returning it to the wilds of Kenya. If youíre here in the lead-up to the festive period, the whole building is lit by 11,000 bulbs, turning the whole of Harrods into a huge, shimmering Christmas decoration.
2. Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge
Once youíre finished in Harrods, stop by Harvey Nichols just up the road for more designer brands and departments full of luxury goods. On the fifth floor, youíll find a range of fine cafes and restaurants to renew your energy for shopping. The bright Champagne Bar has a range of vintages and a tempting botanical themed cocktail list. Book in for a modern take on afternoon tea in the restaurant Ė the theme changes regularly but always features deliciously contemporary cakes, biscuits, desserts and sandwiches.
3. Get an Uber taxi
Forget the standard London black cab – thereís a new kid in town. Uber taxis will pick you up from wherever you are through their handy iPhone or Android app and take you straight to your destination. Priced the same as a standard black cab, you can choose to travel in a high-end sedan or SUV. The interiors have got a lot more to show off and are smartly decked out with real leather seats, climate control, passenger controlled entertainment, iPads and iPhones Ė itís like having your own personal chauffeur!
4. Old Bond Street boutiques
Jump in an Uber Taxi from Knightsbridge to Old Bond Street for some more serious shopping at the capitalís best designer boutiques to find some very unique and unusual purchases including clothing and jewellery. The buildings and store fronts here are amazing. Tiffanyís is on this street, along with De Beers, Cartier, Alexander McQueen, Mulberry and many others.
5. London Eye, Westminster
Enjoy the sights of London during the day or at night in style with a private capsule. Guests receive priority boarding, seating for up to 25 guests. After a 30 minute-ride on the London Eye, youíll also get entry to the 4D experience. Book a capsule just for two with champagne and truffles for a really romantic ride.
Stuart Leckie is Director of Sales & Marketing at†St. Erminís Hotel.