8 of the best places for service in London

London – Europe’s largest city and one of the world’s leading financial centres with the 3rd highest number of billionaires in the world. It is arguably the most cosmopolitan city in the world with over 300 languages spoken and also one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world. London has 857 art galleries and four UNESCO world heritage sites: Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace and Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens. The city has over 170 museums with 11 national museums including the British Museum and at least 200 shows daily across the West End. It is no wonder it is the world’s most visited city. London also has some of the most luxurious places in the world famed for their service.

Wimbledon

Over two weeks the finest service can be found in south west London as the Wimbledon Tennis Championships take place at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. It is THE tennis tournament every player wants to win. It is the oldest major founded in 1877 and widely seen as the most prestigious. If you can get a ticket, there’s nothing better than sitting on Centre Court, with its capacity of 15,000, drinking a Pimm’s and eating strawberries and cream while watching the world’s best tennis players.

Wimbledon

Restaurants

London has some of the finest restaurants in the world, and according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, the UK now has two in the top 10, both in London.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is the restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge. Only opened in 2011, Dinner now has two Michelin stars and is based on taking traditional, and sometime ancient, British recipes and giving them a modern twist.

Dinner - Mandarin

The Ledbury

Brett Graham’s The Ledbury in Notting Hill also has two Michelin stars. The cuisine served up here is modern French focused on game, strange vegetables and little known herbs and roots, all sourced in the UK.

Hotels

The Ritz

They say, the best hotel in the world is The Ritz and it’s hard not to argue. Edwardian luxury and Louis XVI styled rooms, the hotel has been a landmark on Piccadilly since its doors opened in 1906. It has recently finished an 18 year restoration to return it to its former glory and it is still the quintessential place in London to have afternoon tea.

Claridge’s

Spencer Tracey famously said that when he died, he didn’t want to go to heaven, he wanted to go to Claridge’s. Opulence, luxury, splendour are all found here, and the service is outstanding.

Claridges

Cocktail bars

Cocktails

The American Bar

The American Bar at the Savoy – is there a more famous hotel bar? With its art deco fixtures and fittings and a tuxedoed pianist playing jazz, this bar has been serving excellent, elegant cocktails since 1898 to the great and good of high society.

The Bar at The Dorchester

The Bar at The Dorchester however has a rather different interior with rich, dark colours of mahogany and velvet. With its own private entrance, the bar has a celebrated bar manager who conjures up the most eclectic selection of cocktails in London.

Pubs

It would be rude not to visit a traditional British pub when you’re in London. One of the best is The Dog and Duck in Soho. It is a Grade II listed building with a beautiful Victorian interior of sumptuous tiles and mirrors and serves an unrivalled selection of real ales.

Bruno Pires is Global Director at 360Experience.

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  1. Ronny says:

    I knew that London was a high class location, but this post illustrates its sophisticated pleasures explicitly. I’ll have to feel a bit of wallet pain when I pass through here next!

  2. London is like the capital of the world…. 857 art galleries, 300 language spoken, over 170 museums, at least 200 shows daily across the West End, these are unbelievable numbers….. I would love to know about the number of bars, pubs, fine restaurants London have in total….
    Nice to know about these 8 top places for service in London…

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