Britain’s capital is full of activities for those on all budgets. If someone is visiting for the first time, they might have saved up some money to make the trip special and splash out on some luxurious activities. Here are just a few of the unique experiences you can find in London if budget is not a constraint.
If you want to be picked up from the airport, there is no better way than to rent a Rolls Royce and driver, who will pick show you the sights of London in style for £120 per hour. The Rolls Royce is a quintessentially British luxury automobile and all the amenities inside will reflect that, including champagne and water on tap, free wi-fi, electronic devices, massage chairs and charging sockets for mobile phones.
The Shard at London Bridge offers panoramic views of London and there are six restaurants and bars from which you can enjoy them. The Shard is probably the most well-known location for those who want to enjoy a cocktail or two and take in the stunning views of London. All the bars and restaurants are relatively formal, and you will have to adhere to a dress code before you are accepted in (no trainers).
Offering a 360-degree view of London is the London Eye. It’s a popular tourist attraction and can get very busy over the holiday season. If you do not want the view blocked by other tourists, there is the possibility to hire out your very own capsule for one hour (including two full rotations). Here a wine specialist will guide you through a range of beverages and you can enjoy some tasters on the side as well.
When you visit London, getting a haircut is probably not at the top of the priority list. If you want to leave London looking a million dollars, you can pay a visit to famous BAFTA Awards hair stylist Stuart Phillips’ salon. If you book the VIP service, you can get a posh new look and the price also includes products especially picked to suit your hair type. Not only that, alongside the haircut their VIP package also offers a bespoke service where they organise anything for you, from flights to private jets to hotel accommodation.
Perhaps you have seen London from the ground and want to get an aerial view of the capital. The London Helicopter Company provides tours of London from helicopter at over 1,000 feet. You can book a whole helicopter for yourself and up to six people for £1,500 or buy seats individually for £300 for a 20-minute tour of the capital.
Although it is pricey for such a short time, you will get to see the city and landmarks such as including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Shard and the Tower of London from a whole new perspective and if you book the whole helicopter it would be a valuable experience shared between family members or friends.
Harrods is the epitome of luxury shopping in Britain. It is located on the glitzy Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, which is home to many 5-star hotels and top restaurants.
The department store occupies a 5-acre site and has 330 departments. It is the largest department store in Europe and even has its own post code.
For those who want to explore the prestige of Harrods, they offer a bespoke personal shopping experience in the By Appointment department where you will be assigned your own personal shopper who will cater to your every need. You can even be chauffeured around in London in a Rolls Royce drinking champagne if you so choose.
At the end of the day, why not refuel at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental? Served in the afternoon and evening, Heston Blumenthal creates modern dishes inspired by historic British gastronomy.
The Mandarin Oriental boasts picture perfect views over Hyde Park and the restaurant itself boasts contemporary and innovative décor. It’s an ideal spot to unwind and enjoy some modern British cuisine whilst taking in the grandeur of one of London’s Royal Parks.
Those who are interested in the rich history of Britain can take part in exclusive tours of the Royal Palaces. An opportunity to be given a private 90-minute tour of the Tower of London which culminates in the Ceremony of the Keys is priced at £700 + VAT for up to 20 guests.
For those considering London property investments, there are some developments in exclusive locations close to iconic landmarks worth considering. For example, Chancery Quarters is located on Chancery Lane, a street which forms the western boundary of the City of London that has historic links with the legal profession. Chancery Lane is a short journey from London’s landmarks and there are several places of interest on the street itself. For example, the Silver Vaults selling the largest collection of silver in the world is also located on the lane, as is the Maughan Library (King’s College London’s main university research library) and an air raid shelter that was converted into Kingsway telephone exchange. If you’re looking for an investment in an area soaked in history, Chancery Quarters on Chancery Lane, London would be a good choice.
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