London is a world-class destination, with an untold wealth of attractions to delight any tourist. Of course, some people use it as a base for many of the great day trips in the area, but there is certainly more than enough to do in the city itself.
If you have a little more to spend than the average visitor, why not treat yourself to a luxury day out that treats you to something special? Of course, it depends on what you like to do, and what areas of London you want to visit, but there are certainly a lot of options available. The following are some of the best we have found and we recommend trying at least one on your next visit to London.
A Harrods personal shopping experience
A great way to start your luxury day out is to visit Harrods in Knightsbridge. ‘By Appointment’, Harrods personal shopping service, provides everything you could wish for from their specially designed Penthouse, the Halcyon Gallery devoted to art, and their jewellery room. Everything from designer clothing, bespoke jewellery and even a private jet can be obtained. And this service is not limited to the products sold in the Harrods store. Do you want tickets to a ‘sold-out’ or premier event, such as the Monaco Grand Prix or the latest film premiere? How about a unique travel experience or a dinner reservation at en exclusive restaurant? Harrods believes that saying ‘no’ is not an option.
A private helicopter tour of London
Now it’s time to head for a panoramic tour of London in your own privately-chartered helicopter. On the ground, it’s impossible to see all the sights of London in a day, let alone an hour, but in a helicopter you will get to see London from an entirely new perspective. It’s up and away to look down on all the sights. Soar above the Thames Barrier and up towards Tower Bridge, look down on the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral, then swoop by The Houses of Parliament and London Eye. For the ultimate treat, why not order a bottle of champagne to toast all the amazing sights.
Afternoon Tea at The Ritz
No luxury day in London is complete without taking tea at The Ritz. Be transported to an era of elegance as you enter the ornate Palm Court. Choose from 17 different teas to accompany your sandwiches, delectably filled with smoked salmon, the finest ham and British cheese. Indulge yourself with a traditional cream tea, with scones, jam and clotted cream, and then sample delicious cakes and pastries. For a special event, a cake and champagne can be included, making this an unforgettable experience.
A private tour of the Crown Jewels
At 5:30 pm the gates of the Tower of London are closed to the public, but you will be arriving for your own personal tour of the Crown Jewels. This stunning collection has been in existence for over 600 years, and contains some of the most amazing royal jewels and artefacts in the world. The world’s largest cut diamond, the Cullinan I, is set into the Sovereigns Sceptre, whilst the Imperial Crown of India is encrusted with precious stones, including 6,100 diamonds. You can take all the time you want to peruse this incredible display, and then explore the rest of the historic tower with your own personal guide.
Dinner at Koffman’s at the Berkeley
The crowning glory of your luxury day out is a private dinner at Koffman’s. Pierre Koffman is world-renowned for his award-winning French brasserie cuisine, and here you can sample some of his best signature dishes in an intimate setting. You will be spoilt for choice when deciding which delectable dishes to enjoy. Perhaps start with hand-dived scallops with squid ink and broccoli puree, followed by pig’s trotter stuffed with sweetbreads and morels, topped off with a classic tarte au citron? You could always finish the night off by staying at one of the finest hotel suites in London.
Whatever your decision, you will have an unforgettable meal. At the end of your luxury day in London, you will have sampled some of the best delights London has to offer, and had a day to remember.
This article was written by travel writer Jane Cook, she says her favorite city is London because you can never run out of new things to do in the city.