Plush townhouse in London…
Plush townhouse in London…
Christmas decor in the Royal Arcade…
Elegant cozy tea and scones at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair…
If you fancy a bit of Christmas spirit along with a bit of shopping, skip New York and indulge in the quintessential Christmas experience in London. Elegant lights all over the city and festive cheer make for the authentic holiday experience everyone searches for.
Where to feast:
Rules London’s oldest restaurant is also one of its finest. Red velvet banquets and dark wood paneling evoke the feeling of an elite private home’s sitting room. Deer antlers and estate paintings only heighten the ambiance of a bygone formal era. While it is known for serving game in season, most of the menu is a very traditional English selection with Beef and Yorkshire pudding, Steak and Kidney Pie, and Dover Sole on offer. And at Christmas time this fashionable establishment really decks the halls from head to toe. Swags of pine, a whimsical Santa’s hat on a deer’s antlers, it is like having Christmas in Downton Abbey. A festive delight.
Dining room at Rules
Where to Tea:
The English Tea Room at Brown’s Most tea’s are formal affairs but at the comfortably stylish Brown’s hotel it is a most relaxing event. Comfortable chairs by the fireplace, or cozy sofas in the sitting room, you feel like you are in a posh friend’s sitting room having tea and the service is flawless. Their ‘Festive Tea’ even includes seasonal mini mince pies, and if you really want to indulge add a glass of champagne. Tis the season to celebrate after all…
Delightful treats, scones, and mince pies at The English Tearoom
Where to be Spiritual:
St. Batholomew’s the Great One of the only City churches to have survived all wars, it is a massive yet impressive church from the Middle Ages that feels almost as if time stood still. Their church services are a real treat done completely by candlelight.
St. Bartholomew the Great
Where to Shop:
Fortnum & Mason Without a doubt the best tea selection in Britain in the original and best food halls. Pick up a real Christmas pudding and traditional mincemeat.
Staircase at Fortnum & Mason
Hatchard’s One of London’s oldest book shops it retains its original Dickensian looking space with wooden framed windows and curved glass. Creaky wooden staircases lead to an exceptional selection of books.
Front window at Hatchard’s
Liberty One of a kind, there is no department store quite like this iconic shop. From their famed Scarf Hall to their extensive gift selection of products made from their famous fabrics, you are bound to find great presents here.
Christmas window display at Liberty
Where to Drink:
Martini bar at The Connaught Find glitter and glow at the uber stylish bar at The Connaught Hotel. Serving the best martini’s in the city, right from a trolly made at your table while you watch. If that is not your thing try something delicious from their varied cocktail menu. Cheers!
Classic Martini at the bar at The Connaught
Cocktail hour couldn’t be more chic than at these top London establishments.
The Connaught Bar – This opulent lounge is the ideal stage for a fashionable cocktail. The best Martini in London is shaken or stirred to your taste right in front of you. Choose from 7 made in house bitters on their famed Martini trolley and watch the ceremony of the making of a bespoke martini. If you fancy something a bit more diverse check out the extensive drink menu that includes modern fusion versions of classic cocktails, choice champagnes, or try their Whiskey and Chocolate tastings.
Classic Martini at the Connaught Bar
Artesian – Voted the World’s Best Bar it is easy to see why. This upscale bar offers a cutting edge cocktail menu presented on a colourful dial where one can choose a drink based on mood as much as flavour. Presentation is part of the excitement with ice shaped like butterflies and one cocktail even comes with incense smoke.
Whimsical details at Artesian
Donovan Bar – A sophisticated take on established English style both in design and drinks, the Donovan Bar at Browns Hotel in Mayfair is both intimate and hip. Cozy low lit relaxed modern lounge with a classic dark wood bar back lit by a stained glass window of St. George. The cocktail menu features a fresh interpretation of classic cocktails, and the garnishes such as dried fig, sprigs of lavender and mint add that special touch.
Elegant garnishes at the Donovan Bar
The Blue Bar – Ultra fashionable and tres chic, The Berkeley’s pale blue bar in Knightsbridge is like walking into a jewel box. That in itself makes the Blue Bar a treat, but the mixologists behind the bar make some of the tastiest cocktails in the city. An exciting and very tasty bar menu with extraordinary concoctions, and garnished so prettily with orchids or feathered lemon peel make for cocktails a la mode.
Cocktail chic at Blue Bar