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London is probably the most iconic city in the world and one of the most accessible too. There’s no end to the history and this sprawling metropolis has so many different cultures and iconic images you could easily find it overwhelming if you’re not prepared. Its one of our top destinations in the world and ideal for a luxury short break or, if you have the time, a full week to soak up the atmosphere and take in the sights.

How to get there

London has now less than 5 airports but Heathrow is the one you’re most likely to be arriving in to. Once you’ve landed you’ll want to get to your hotel as quickly and easily as possible. If you’re flying in to Heathrow the best option for your luxury trip is the Heathrow Express. A super quick 15 minute train journey from  the terminals right in to the heart of London via the grand old Victorian architecture of Paddington station. While there are other methods of getting in to town, none of them are as quick and comfortable as the Heathrow Express.

Where to stay

London has no shortage of luxury hotels and boutique accommodation. You’ll find it dotted all over the city especially in Greater London, but there are some areas that have a reputation for not just the finest hotels in England but the finest in the world!

Claridge’s is probably the most luxurious hotel you could ever want to stay in. The American actor Spencer Tracy once said “When I die I don’t want to go to heaven, I want to go to Claridge’s” and its easy to see why. Its the official accommodation for royal guests during large events and oozes a wonderful traditional English understated elegance.

César Ritz on the other hand may have loved the British luxury style but was after something a little bolder when he built the now legendary Ritz Hotel in 1906. You’ll find it opposite the Royal Academy of Arts and its become something of a muse for many literary artists over the years. It also has it’s own highly exclusive casino in the basement but this casino is strictly high rollers only. Its not called “Putting on the Ritz” for nothing.

The Savoy was also originally owned by César Ritz and is yet another bold and very famous hotel in London. Name a celebrity or royal from the past 125 years and they’ve probably stayed here. Everyone from Winston Churchill to Charlie Charlie Chaplin. Marilyn Monroe to The Beatles. Its also said that rooms 346 and 362 have their own stories to tell thanks to a Mr Oscar Wilde.

A very luxurious but understated hotel in London is Brown’s Hotel in the wall-to-wall luxury of London’s Mayfair area. There’s no shortage of luxury accommodation in Mayfair but Brown’s Hotel is definitely our pick. It’s hosted more than on American President including Franklin D. Roosevelt who chose this hotel for his European Honeymoon.

What to do

There are of course countless tourist attractions in London but a few stand out if you’re looking to have the most luxurious time during your stay. An afternoon on the London Eye is a must for great views across the city. Its easily accessible and definitely one of the “must-do” attractions.

Europe’s tallest building, The Shard is now open for business and there is no better place for dinner with a view than here. There are 3 restaurants to choose from. Aquashard, Oblix and Hutong, on the 31st, 32nd and 33rd floors of the building. Views here are breathtaking and the food is nothing short of 5 star. Definitely worth treating a loved one or family on your luxury London holiday.

Best time of year to visit

London never stops and its attractions never close their doors either. July and August are the best times to visit when the weather is warm and sunny, plus the views from the London Eye and Shard are at their best. Having said that, London is a fantastic place to visit in the winter months especially in December when the streets of Greater London are illuminated in elegant and sparkling style that attractions visitors just to see them.