Have you been to London before and want to skip the usual first-timer tourist attractions? Scoot away generic London guides! This luxury weekend guide to London is perfect for everyone who is traveling to the British capital and wants to experience the ‘posh’ side of the city and have a few days of treating yourself.
Having lived in London for 4 years and visited the city so many times I lost count, I wanted to comprise the best of the best right here on my blog. While a few of these stays and experiences were gifted, I was the one who got in touch for a collaboration. I would never recommend a place without wanting to book it myself and really wanted my picks to reflect exactly what I did and would recommend.
So without further ado – this luxury guide to London will show you the best places to stay, eat, drink and shop.
Where to Stay
The Biltmore Mayfair
No matter if you’re visiting London for a special occasion or a luxury weekend break, The Biltmore Mayfair is the only hotel you need to book. The hotel opened its doors to the public in autumn 2019 and features 307 carefully designed rooms and 57 luxurious suites. Conveniently located in Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square, the hotel is only a few minutes’ walk from several shopping streets, world-renowned restaurants, and cozy London cafés.
We stayed in their King Grand Premier room with a view and were seriously impressed by the comfort of the bed, the cleanlines and the amenities. However, what we really valued the most was that we could actually relax there. London is very hectic in general, but we visited in December when the Chrstimas shopping craze begins. This made us extra grateful to go back to a hotel where a good nights sleep is guaranteed.
Where to Eat
There is no doubt that great food is easy to come by in London. There are currently 67 Michelin starred restaurants in London (December 2019) and there is an abundance of choices in the city. However, one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced as a traveler is choosing where to eat, no matter how many places there are on offer. So I decided to make the choice very easy for you. Here is the “crème de la crème”, or the best of what you can get in London, for any meal of the day:
Breakfast: The Ivy Chelsea Garden (195 -197 King’s Rd, Chelsea)
Lunch: The Betterment (44 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair)
Afternoon tea: St. Ermin’s Tea Lounge (2 Caxton St, Westminster)
Dinner: Roux at the Landau (website, 1C Portland Pl, Marylebone)
Where to Drink
Similar to restaurants, there is a sea of cafes, bars and pubs in London. It was in Artesian Bar that we truly experienced what sets apart an extraordinary cocktail from the rest. They make absolute magic out of two ingredients and you simply must try something off their cocktail menu. You will not regret it! So, if you’re into no-fuss places with great quality ingredients and amazing service, then these will be the only way to go:
Where to Shop
London could very well be the shopping capital of the world and what better way to spend a few hours in town than shopping. Well, generally about a half of the planet would agree 😉 If you decided to book The Biltmore Mayfair, you’ll be 5 minutes away from Selfridges – a huge department store with over 300 stores. A short taxi ride away is Harrods, another luxury department store and one of the most famous stores in London.
If you’re not into department stores and prefer a more personal shopping experience, then skip Oxford Street and head to Bond Street, Mayfair, St James’s, Savile Row and Sloane Street.These streets are sprinkled with the latest and the best from all the famous and unique luxury brands from all over the world.
Extra tip for the vintage fans: head over to Hunky Dory on Brick Lane for great quality handpicked vintage items.