When describing the city of London, the word majestic immediately springs to mind. Of course, there are royal connotations, considering the Monarchy’s prominence throughout the nation. There is something else though, perhaps akin to the magic of Paris or the electricity of Manhattan. This intangible quality is formed by the high culture, staggering historical facets and abounding beauty. Not to mention the stellar afternoon tea offerings, near and dear to Tracy’s heart.
London is calling . . . After your swift journey across the pond, you are thrust into this virtually perfect metropolis. Enjoy a vintage port or piping hot tea at The Lanesborough Hotel in Hyde Park, where a suite fetches somewhere in the vicinity of twenty-five grand a night. Imbibe in the handsome library bar, amongst the priceless leather-bound books and sumptuous comfort. Take a leisurely stroll around the ritzy neighborhood, home to celebrities, a Russian oligarch and political royalty. If you find yourself intrigued by the prospect of establishing roots in one of the charming Queen Anne white maisonettes, don’t think too permanently. A few million pounds will likely get you a long-term lease, your interest reverting to one of the nation’s wealthiest families after you get your fill.
Perhaps something shorter term makes more sense. In that case look no further than one of the city’s chicest boutique hotels – the London Belgraves. It’s a Thompson hotel, which guarantees a slightly irreverent, ultra-luxury and well-appointed experience. With celebrity chef Mark Hix’s trendy eatery on the ground level, your palette will be much obliged. London’s quintessential retailers, Harrods and Liberty are just a quid’s throw away, which is precisely what you will aspire to do the second you enter these masterpieces of decadent lifestyle. Other fashion icons beckon you, provocatively awaiting your arrival on Carnaby Street. And this isn’t your parents’ 1970’s rendition either.
Trendy It-Designers Vivian Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney reign supreme in Mayfair. For post-spending fine dining, look no further than Novikov Restaurant, adjacent to the Mayfair and Ritz Hotels. If you’re curious to see where Kate Moss and other local A-listers partake in some of the city’s most exquisite food, go to Sketch. The avant-garde artistic sensibility of the owners informs the décor in this paradise for those amongst us with a zest for ingenuity and vision. For the perfect day trip, the storybook perfect village of Bath, home to the must-see Jane Austen Museum and hundreds of other stunning boutiques, awaits you. The annual Brussels Ball hosted at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire by aristocrat Amaury Blow, is a once in a lifetime experience. Immerse yourself in the recreation of this historic 1815 Ball.