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8 top tips for a successful weekend in London

London is a large, exciting, multi-cultural and cosmopolitan city where everything is possible. Seizing the spirit and experiencing all that it has to offer in a single weekend might seem like quite a challenge, but we came up with a selection of the best things to do while in London. From great restaurants to museums, shopping and outdoor activities, the British capital truly has it all, and nothing feels out of reach. If you are a luxury traveler who values fine dining, fashion, art and culture, these suggestions should certainly resonate and will help you to schedule a rich and memorable weekend in London. 1. Arrange your stay at the prestigious Kensington Hotel As a part of the prestigious Doyle Collection of 8 luxury hotels in 5 major cities, The Kensington Hotel is one of London’s most elegant and desirable places to stay. This charming boutique hotel feels homey and genuine. Its aesthetics are pleasantly old-fashioned, while its rooms and facilities are equipped to modern standards and provide guests with everything they might possibly need to enjoy a stress-free, unforgettable stay. Moreover, it is located in a privileged area close to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and attractions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in Cromwell Road. The Kensington Hotel, London 2. Visit the Victoria & Albert Museum If you enjoy visiting museums, London is the place for you. The British capital has many unique and interesting museums, many of which are free to the public or operate on a donation only basis. If you are particularly interested in the arts, you should definitely consider visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum — one of the world’s most important museums, focusing on the history of art and design. The V&A is home to diverse temporary exhibitions that explore different media, ranging from fashion clothing to photography. Currently, it is hosting a popular showcase dedicated to the works of influential British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen. 3. Visit the Rosebery at the Mandarin Oriental for a cup of tea Afternoon tea is one of the most famous cultural habits in Britain. Whether you are a casual tea drinker or a connoisseur of the country’s favourite hot beverage, you’ll certainly be impressed by the huge selection of tea blends and fine pastries available at The Rosebery, which is part of the famous Mandarin Oriental on Hyde Park. Rosebury tea time, London From traditional flavors to exciting, internationally inspired twists such as the notorious Oriental Afternoon Blend, an afternoon tea at The Rosebery makes for a unique experience of British culture in a high quality setting with an absolutely impeccable atmosphere. 4. Experience one of the city’s most exclusive fashion shopping experiences at the Liberty department store London is an exciting gateway to the world’s most discerning and elegant fashion scene. The city is home to trendsetters and style-makers whose work and aesthetics have influenced the world of fashion through the years. If you enjoyed learning about it at the V&A museum, it’s time to experience it first-hand! Libertys Deparment Store, London Liberty is a well-known institution in town. It offers unique products from some of the world’s most celebrated brands and fashion designers, as well as producing their own luxury brand. Liberty also exists in the form of a well designed, user-friendly, online shop, but nothing beats the experience of browsing the items in person, and truly being able to feel, touch and appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into each and every carefully-selected item for sale. 5. Visit Fortnum and Mason Fortnum and Mason is the true mecca for wine aficionados in London. The world famous cellars of this establishment feature a mind-boggling selection of some of the best wines from throughout the world. You will find everything from European mainstays to some tantalising alternatives originating across the Atlantic. People who love wine are often fond of the traditions and technique behind the wine-making process. At Fortnum and Mason, these elements are endorsed and shared, allowing people to savour their favourite products while discovering some excellent new ones from the shop’s premium selection. Fortnum and Mason This wonderful establishment also offers something that reaches out to all lovers of fine food in casual settings, namely their unique picnic hampers and accessories. Customers can either choose to buy items and accessories, or have entire menus created by the skilled in-house chefs and gastronomic experts. 6. Dine at The Cavendish Located right in the heart of Marylebone, The Cavendish is one of London’s finest brasseries. Here you’ll be able to sample exciting cuisine that blurs the lines between tradition and innovation, with a particular emphasis on creativity and quality ingredients. The Cavendish, London The excellent foods and premium drinks selection draw many regular customers who appreciate the elegant, understated and private atmosphere of the establishment which also extends special privileges to its own private members. 7. Relax at the K-Spa Some people like to squeeze as many activities as they possibly can into a single weekend, but why not take a well-deserved break? Whether you are on your own or traveling with a partner, book a few hours at the celebrated K-Spa to reinvigorate your mind and spirit. This establishment is the ultimate in terms of wellness treatments, and offers some of the most luxurious and unforgettable experiences in London. K Spa, London The K-Spa is well-known throughout the city for its excellent holistic treatments and groundbreaking facilities. These include the one-of-a-kind, Snow Paradise, a unique ‘cold room’ inspired by Finnish sauna habits. 8. Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Ham Polo Club If you are looking for some time away from the city’s chaos, the Ham Polo Club could be the perfect getaway. This establishment is only a short distance from central London, but its country-like setting gives a sense of openness and space. From the polo academy to helicopter rides and other exciting activities, this is a luxury location where you could spend an unforgettable day out, all crafted around your passions and interests. Ham Polo Club, London Olivier Templar-James is Chief Editor at Luxury Travelers Guide. 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  1. Great post Oliver. Can’t say polo would be my thing personally but saying that, neither is afternoon tea but my girlfriend can’t get a enough of it (The funny thing is she doesn’t actually like hot drinks but loves the presentation). I suppose you cant knock it until you try it. I’m sure our clients would be interested to read the post, I will include a link in our blog when we launch our new mobile site. One thing I would suggest would be to dine near the river or up high so you can take in more of the sights at once, maybe The Shard, The Yacht near temple station or Blueprint cafe down by tower bridge.

  2. What great suggestions for a short trip. I had such a short trip in London with only a few days to enjoy it. It was difficult trying to fit as much as I would like in that short time span. I sure wish I had read this article before then. Nevertheless, I can use this information for future trips if I have another short stay in London. However, these tips can be useful even if the stay is longer. I particularly am drawn to the suggestion of The Cavendish. I am always looking for traditional finds at brasseries.

  3. London is always one of the cities every avid tourist wants to come again and again. With limitless number of things to do and see in almost every corner of this noisy, vibrant and mulch-cultural city, people are always in a great dilemma what to include in the things to do list while in London. Nice to know these top tips, I will try at least a few of these in my next trip to London….

  4. Once again, right on time. Fantastic post. Headed there, and am excited to try a few places from this list.

    Thank you!

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