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Luxury London

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Where to stay, eat and shop in central London.

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Luxury London

  1. 1. SUNDAY MAILSEVENDAYSAPRIL 16, 2017 15 ROOMAt the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel Travel info KATIEWOOD SwingintoLondon Londonhasbeenattractingtouristsforcenturiesbutthere’salways moredelightstobefoundfortravellers.Fromtheeleganceof traditional hotelstoquirkyshoppingstreets,there’ssomethingforeveryone It doesn’t matter how many times you visit London, there’s always more to discover and enjoy. I recently checked out some of the absolute legends of London to enjoy what makes this city one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Mayfair oozes class, history and tradition so I gave myself a treat and based myself there in two contrasting hotels. Located in the chic Belgravia district, the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel gives you all you need plus access to the neighbouring Peak Health Club at sister property Jumeirah Carlton Tower. After a couple of days, I took myself off to one of my favourite hotels in the whole world – the legendary Connaught in Mayfair Village, just a step away from the city’s most prestigious shopping locations and stores . It’s brilliantly British at The Connaught: all polished wood panelling, antiques, crisp white linen and wonderfully polite staff offering personalised five-star service. Choose between beautifully appointed traditional or contemporary rooms, as the hotel has both. Whichever you choose, it will be furnished and equipped to the ultimate. This truly is luxury London at its best. Breakfast is a delight, and you can can also enjoy the cuisine of the hotel’s new restaurant, opened this spring and overseen by internationally renowned French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The Connaught’s Winter Nights special (available until May 7 ) is ideal for a shopping break as it offers a privileges card giving discounts at some of the world’s most legendary stores. Tel 020 7107 8945/www. the-connaught.co.uk If large department stores aren’t your thing and you want individually owned, quirky shops there’s one district to head for that’s head and shoulders above others, and that’s Seven Dials, in the Covent Garden area (www. sevendials.co.uk). With more than 150 shops, 50 cafes, restaurants and bars, it’s a vibrant part of town encompassing the very best of London. Check out stores like Kit & Ace (wonderful, innovative technical wear); the delights of Neal’s Yard Remedies (fabulous organic health & beauty products), and Bailey Nelson (beautiful bargain prescription glasses and sunglasses). Get a great hair cut at Sassoon Salon (ask for Safaa), have a tasty lunch at Cure & Cut – a new deli with home-smoked fish and meat, great salads and sandwiches. And don’t miss Native (www.eatnative.co.uk) – a restaurant with game and rare breed meat. Talli Joe on Shaftesbury Avenue serve small Indian dishes and cocktails at their absolute best. Prices from £3 a dish! (www.tallijoe.com). And the great thing is all of these are within five minutes walk of each other. I can’t recommend it enough. With so many amazing places to eat in London it’s almost as much about the location as the food. For a super-traditional afternoon tea head for St James’ Court at 54 Buckingham Gate. Their Royal Afternoon Tea features scones made from the recipe The Queen sent US President Eisenhower in a handwritten letter in 1960. Their filling feast is £27.50 a head. See www.taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk For a magnificent dinner, the Inter Continental London at Park Lane is hard to beat. Their Theo Randall’s has been voted the ‘finest Italian in London’, and I would concur. The food is absolutely first class, from the antipasti through pasta, meat and fish to desserts and cheese. Wine pairing adds to the experience. The Tasting Menu is five courses for £70 and worth every penny. Book at reservations@theorandall.com   0207 318 8747. For a cheaper option, try The Metro Restaurant & Bar, just behind Harrod’s. This hidden basement restaurant has a menu of favourites such as steak and chips, crab linguine and three courses for £22.50 – a snip. See www. thelevinhotel.co.uk/dining/ The best location in London is arguably Galvin at Windows, The Hilton, Hyde Park Corner. Offering breathtaking views over London from the 28th floor, it has fabulous food and excellent service. Visit www.galvinatwindows.com/ london-restaurants. London remains the jewel in the tourist crown. ”It’s one of the world’s most exciting places” LUXURY The bar at the best of British Connaught VIBRANT Seven Dials shopping district ■Caledonian Sleeper Seats start at £35.00, berths from £75.00 See www. sleeper.scot / tel 0330 060 0500 ■ For more info see www. visitlondon. com HIGHLIFE The spectacular view from Galvin at Windows. Below, the fabulous food

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