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How to Experience a Luxurious London

London always has a bustling social calendar with plenty to do. The capital is somewhat known for the luxury on offer if only people knew where to find it. Hotels can be a bit hit and miss in terms of luxury, the truly luxurious ones can be extremely expensive, and a travel lodge just isn’t the luxury that you’re looking for. Consider a short stay in London apartments for a fair compromise. The apartments themselves are rather luxurious and they afford you a lot more in the way of privacy.

The first places you have to visit on your luxurious trip to London are the classics that have formed centuries of tradition: Jermyn Street, Piccadilly and St James – home to icons such as the shirtmakers Turnbull and Asser or the hat makers Lock & Co, even the fragrance makers used by royalty Floris. Not to forget Fortnum and Mason, famous for its afternoon tea, they even have tea experts to offer you tastings. Saville Row is the epitome of luxury craftsmanship. The best tailors in the country call Saville Row home, it has a long history of excellence. Dege & Skinner have been there for almost 150 years. Or Huntsman and no. 11 the recent namesake of a film. You should also schedule a visit to Foster and Son, London’s oldest shoemaker who has made shoes for people like Clark Gable.

Mount Street has its own secrets and represents an intricate network of over 75 makers working in textiles, silverware, furniture, ceramics, jewellery, glassware and more. Purdey & Sons, Bremont and Jessica McCormack are among those that you should not miss. Take a look inside the only flagships in the world, like Asprey on Bond Street which opened in 1847. It is famous for its fine jewellery, watches, clocks, leather works, china, crystal and general antiquities and rarities – there is also something to be said for its bespoke service.

Fenwick similarly located on Bond Street draws a lot of trade in relation to Ascot, they have an Ascot afternoon tea and an astounding hat department of brilliant hat makers to style you for Ascot, even in their men’s department. Globetrotters luggage makers in Albemarle Street, opposite the Dover Street market and next to the Brown’s Hotel, are another hugely popular institution for afternoon tea. The place to be seen is the Donovan Bar which pays homage to the famous British photographer.

Chelsea is an area alongside Notting Hill that is different and not so tourist-centric. That is if you want to use the road less travelled and experience a more authentic London. The Botanist in Sloane Square is great for people watching, Big Easy is a funkier restaurant to hit up and the Bluebird Café on Kings Road will show you a cool, genuine side of London. If you are looking for pubs – the Imperial Arms, The Jam Tree and the Sporting Page all host a variety of local characters and hipsters.