From eating the most expensive burger to drinking champagne on the London Eye, there’s a much to do when in London. Really, you’re spoiled for choice.
“London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, with a melting pot of cultures and diversity,” says actor Orlando Bloom, and we can’t help but agree with him. There’s something for everyone in this beautiful city: from museums to restaurants and shopping to theatres and art galleries, London has it all. But there’s an exclusive side to London that’s waiting to be discovered; here are the top 10 luxury things to do when visiting this historical city.
#10 Hire Your Own Chauffeured Rolls-Royce Phantom
Rich people get to buy a lot of expensive things, like their very own Rolls-Royce Phantom, for example. And unless you’re a billionaire, you probably don’t want to buy one just for your holiday. That’s where the Claremont Executive Chauffeurs (Phoenix Way, Middlesex, TWS 9NB / +44 (0)207 261 0222) come in. For just £175 an hour, you can hire your own chauffeured Rolls-Royce Phantom and cruise around town and feel like the celebrity that you are. You’ll also be able to tweet and Instagram your ride with the free on-board WiFi.
#9 Have a Glamburger at Honky Tonk
A life of luxury entails eating like a king, and the Honky Tonk (16a Clapham Common South Side, SW4 7AB / +44 (0)207 627 6257) is the place to do this. In 2014, London chef Chris Large invented the Glamburger – which, naturally, comes with a very glamorous price tag: £1,100. Dubbed the world’s most expensive burger, and rightfully so, it is made from 220g of Kobe Wagyu beef minced with 60g of New Zealand venison and is seasoned with smoked Himalayan salt. But that’s not all: it also features a liquid pocket of black truffle brie, a maple syrup-coated bacon streak, Beluga caviar, Canadian lobster poached in Iranian saffron, a hickory smoked duck egg, and a coating of edible golf leaf.
#8 Drink Champagne with a View
If you want to see London from above, a ride – actually, a “flight” – on the London Eye (Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB / +44 (0)333 321 2001) is highly recommended. The 443-foot Ferris wheel offers passengers breathtaking views of the city from high above the River Thames and, for £850.50, you’ll be able to book an entire capsule for you and up to 24 guests. This package includes a selection of nibbles and four bottles of Pommery Seasonal Champagne while you look over Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the MI6 headquarters, and the Gherkin.
#7 Go Shopping at Harrods
You simply can’t visit London without popping into Harrods (87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL / +44 (0)208 479 5100) which is regarded as one of the city’s biggest landmarks and most expensive department stores since its opening in 1834. The store covers five acres and even sells gold bars and coins “off the shelf” ranging from 1g to 12.5kg in the on-site Harrods Bank. A 400oz gold bar will set you back a whopping £408,185.50!
#6 Drink Tea
It’s an unwritten rule that, when in London (on England, in general), you have to visit one of the city’s fancy tea rooms. But while you’ll normally be able to order a cup of tea for £2.50 or less from any café, it doesn’t quite capture the whole English way of life. You can instead head to the Twinings Tea Shop & Museum (216 The Strand, WC2R 1AP / +44 (0)207 353 3511) – and yes, they even have a museum – where you can visit the oldest shop in the City of Westminster and sample Twining’s finest tea in the on-site Loose Tea Bar. You could also visit the Royal China Club (40-42 Baker Street, W1U 7AJ / +44 (0)20 7486 3898) where you can order the most expensive brew which will put you back £180 a pot.
#5 Have Dinner at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Heralded as the most expensive restaurant in London, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester (53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA / +44 (0)207 629 8866) was opened in 2007 and is currently one of the city’s only four Michelin three-star restaurants. Your party of up to six people can sit at Table Lumière, or the “centerpiece of the restaurant”, which is surrounded by 4,500 shimmering fiber optics and where you’ll have the option to choose among a stunning collection of Hermès china, Puiforcat silverware, and Saint-Louis crystal. The restaurant’s current eight-course seasonal menu includes red mullet with confit fennel and taggiasca olive as well as roasted peach with verbena granité, and costs £180 a head.
#4 Buy Tickets to the London Royal Opera House
London is one of the world’s leading centers for art, music, and theater, necessitating a trip to a theater, an opera house, or a ballet show, and the London Royal Opera House (Bow Street, +44 (0)207 240 1200) is a natural first choice. Tickets for Il Trovatore cost up to £190 per person, and you can even enjoy the show in a private box – you will, however, need to buy four seats for this option, for a total of £760.
#3 Order the Salvatore’s Legacy, the Most Expensive Cocktail in the World
Cocktails can be expensive but there’s one cocktail in particular, the Salvatore’s Legacy, that tops the list. In fact, it even broke the Guinness World Record for the most expensive cocktail in the world in 2012 with a £5,500 price tag. World-renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese is the man behind Salvatore’s Legacy which is composed of 40ml of 1788 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac, 20ml of 1770 Kummel Liqueur, 20ml of 1860 Dubb Orange Curaçao, and two dashes of Angostura Bitters from the 1900s. Calabrese says that “it’s a great drink which can be enjoyed with by using modern spirits, too” but if you want the real thing, you’ll have to visit the Playboy Club London (14 Old Park Lane, W1K 1ND / +44 (0)203 553 8114).
#2 Get a Haircut at Stuart Phillips
Stuart Phillips (25 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9DD) is a household name in the world of hairdressing and with numerous prestigious awards to his name, he’s definitely the go-to person in London if you want a haircut. His services, however, don’t come cheap. The Diamond Package, which includes a chauffeur-driven limousine to the airport where you’ll fly in first or business class to the UK, champagne lunch or dinner, a selection of L’Oréal hair products, live music entertainment and, of course, a head and scalp massage plus your haircut – all for the price of £20,000 (excluding VAT).
#1 Stay in the Royal Suite at The Lanesborough
If you’re going to travel in luxury, you can’t just stay in a Premier Inn or, worse, in an easyHotel. You’ve got to do it right. So, why not stay at The Lanesborough (Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA / +44 (0)207 259 5599), one of the most expensive hotels in the world? The five-star hotel overlooks Hyde Park and Apsley House, the home of the Duke of Wellington who you’ll be able to wave at through the window of the Royal Suite. The seven-bedroom suite comes with its own 24-hour personal butler service and costs an average £21.67… per minute. That’s £31,200 per night!
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