I’ve just returned from an amazing London luxury adventure and I’ll be writing more about each individual experience, what I did and where I ate, but I wanted to offer an overview of the hotels here. I had the great opportunity to stay at eight of the city’s most iconic, most luxurious and most wonderful luxury properties and now seek to kind of compare and contrast the amenities, accommodations and service. In addition to personally experiencing some amazing suites and rooms, I also had a chance to visit signature and royal suites at each property to see the extreme, seriously extreme high-end of London’s hotel scene.
To get there, I flew Norwegian’s Premium service from Los Angeles direct into Gatwick, they have four flights per week. I was quite impressed with the overall experience, starting with oneworld lounge access at LAX.
The Premium service is somewhere between Premium Economy and Business Class, offered at about the same cost as an Economy Class ticket on British Airways. The flights are done on 787 Dreamliners, making the flight quite comfortable.
My first night in London was in my home away from home in London, The Dochester, and one of their spectacular Dorchester Suites. The spacious suites, on the corners of the building overlooking Hyde Park, feature an incredible bedroom, complete with a royal bed, along with a beautiful sitting room. Dinner on the first night was at London’s iconic Simpon’s-in-the-Strand, at the legenday Savoy (now a Fairmont property).
After The Dorchester, it was off to our next stop, the hip, new London EDITION, conceived and created by Ian Schrager (and powered by Marriott). This stylish hotel is in Fitzrovia, next to Soho and a few steps from Oxford Street shopping.
The lobby of the London EDITION is home to one of the best restaurants in London, Berner’s Tavern, where we had a great dinner.
Next was a visit for a few days to the classic Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park. If you like shopping, serious luxury shopping, this is perfect for you, as it’s across from Harvey Nichols and about ten steps from Harrod’s. The location is also perfect in that it puts you right next to an entrance to the Knightsbridge tube station for convenience and also right next to Hyde Park for enjoyment.
Dinner that night was at the MO’s Bar Boulud, a classic French brasserie from classic French chef Daniel Boulud (his only London location). The property also includes the trendy Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.
Again, I will be writing more about each meal and about each hotel stay but wanted to do a blog post with a summary of the whole adventure. I also went to museums and did some incredible tourist stuff like taking a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Tower Bridge and a private, after-hours tour of the Houses of Parliament, and visiting Hampton Court and Stonehenge, but I will write about all that separately.
Since I’m talking about the Mandarin Oriental, it’s a good point to mention how convenient it is to walk through the park to Buckingham Palace. The Queen was in residence (as indicated by the Royal flag flying) but we did visit part of the Palace that’s open to the public, the Queen’s Gallery. This small gallery features a rotating collection of art, all from the Royal Collection. The Royal Collection has some of the greatest works of art in the world, and it’s a lovely, intimate setting in which to view them. We were lucky enough to see two exhibitions, one covering Dutch art at the time of Vermeer and another about Georgian cartoonist Thomas Rowlandson