London is a diverse and cultural city steeped in history. It’s also one of the most distinctive fashion centres alongside Paris, Tokyo and Milan. A reputation that brings with it an abundance of luxury experiences for the fashionable population and visitors alike. In fact, the capital has 69 Michelin-starred restaurants, 85 five-star hotels and 100s of luxury spas and hotel boutiques.
If your idea of a luxury experience is less about popularity and more about exclusivity, then we have the perfect list for you. Here’s 5 fashionable hotspots and luxury experiences in London. Whatever you're doing, whatever your mood, there's an experience to suit your every whim.
1. Grab a Coffee: Rapha Clubhouse Cafe in Soho
A fashionable coffee grabbing hotspot in London’s Soho with an active twist. The first-ever Rapha’s Clubhouse was launched in 2012 and quickly became popular with cyclists. Its vibrant location near Piccadilly on Brewer Street makes it a great place get your caffeine fix with added bonus of bumping into some of the biggest names in sport. You can also join the London Chapter of the Rapha Cycling Club (RCC), which meets ahead of laps around nearby Regent’s Park or at the weekend.
2. Relax and Rejuvenate: ESPA Life at Corinthia
If you appreciate a decent spa but also want to lure over the interior design and artistry, then this is your place. ESPA Life at Corinthia is a refined and cultural safe haven where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Set over four floors in the Corinthia Hotel it’s the largest urban spa in London. The interiors dominant colours are black and champagne, which includes Tunisian marble sculptures created by Simon Allen, whose work is represented by Beaux Arts Gallery in Bath and London. You can relax after a long day at work in their sleep pods, glass wall amphitheater sauna or black mosaic steam room. Alternatively you can boost your brain powers with one of their mindfulness programs created in partnership with in-house neuroscientist and senior lecturer at MIT, Dr. Tara Swart. There’s also a tasty range of nutritious drinks and superfood treats on the menu - sounds good to us.
3. Wine and Dine: Hide Restaurant and Bar in Green Park
Created by Hedonism Wines and Ollie Dabbous, Hide Restaurant has stunning views across Green Park, so you can watch the sun rise or set over Piccadilly. When you arrive you will be able to explore three floors of beautiful decor that shimmer with natural daylight and come to life through their unique lighting design when the sun goes down. Their long opening hours also gives you the opportunity to enjoy their luxury culinary creations for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If a liquid lunch is on the cards, you can also make your way through the incomparable Hedonism Wines' selection. Take your pick on the day or you can reserve any wine available in their Mayfair store ahead of your booking. A great choice if you want a luxurious experience with the authentic and unique creativity of an independent restaurant.
4. Stay the Night: Architectural Masterpiece, The Ned
An abandoned architectural masterpiece turned hotel with a story behind it. Created as a partnership between members’ club specialist Soho House and Co and New York’s Sydell Group, The Ned is the ideal hideaway for business folk and couples alike. Beyond its luxurious hotel suites, there are plenty of other perks including:
- Choice of 9 restaurants
- A late night lounge
- Afternoon china tea
- A members spa
- Indoor and rooftop pools
- A gym, spa and grooming
A Business Traveller review released shortly after its opening in May 2017 said:
“This was a fantastic building for Soho House and Sydell to have secured, and they have done a great job in transforming it while preserving its history. Being a hybrid of hotel and club means the Ned has the kind of extensive facilities you couldn’t normally expect to find in a property of this size. Add to that its sense of glamour and superb location for doing business in the City, and it’s definitely one to try.”
5. Get Active: Tee Up or Ski in Style
In Royal Smithfield you can visit Urban Golf (pictured above), a beautiful open plan venue with 8 Golf simulators and an impressive 160⁰ curved-screen. Described as ‘8,500 square feet of golfing paradise’ you can hire out the VIP area to entertain clients or the venue holds up to 150 people, so it could also be the perfect spot for a corporate event.
Golfing not your style? Whether you want to get active or just use the excuse to hang out at their Alpine Bar in your three part 49Winters coat, ski lovers can revel in the luxury of a ski-break in the city at Chel-Ski. London’s largest indoor ski centre with hi-tech slopes that can be adjusted to match your ability.
Now all you need is the perfect outfit
That gives you plenty of ideas for your next luxury experience in London, but what to wear? Well, if you’re going to spoil yourself why not book a personal shopping appointment at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge? They offer an exclusive and complementary services and, most importantly, they have a 49Winters collection for you to pine over. You can also read our latest blog on the Best Places to Ski and Do Business.