After a day of canal walks and exploring museums, luxury spa treatments, pampering and relaxation, eating, drinking and generally being merry are amongst the great joys of London travel. Choose from Michelin star restaurants and decadent afternoon teas - the hidden London jewels are sometimes the most treasured. Here are some of our top suggestions.Spa breaks for foodies
London has no shortage of superb restaurants and Michelin star chefs, and if you speak to a member of our team we can tell you a few places you have to try. However, to tease the taste buds and tantalise the senses, take a look at The Berkeley. In this lavish hotel, there are four restaurants, however the main one for evening meals and fine dining is Marcus. Named for Marcus Wareing, working with his chef patrons Mark and Shauna Froydenlund, they offer inventive, Michelin-starred modern British dishes. You can choose from a three-course lunch to a tasting menu, a la carte to the chef’s table for culinary craftsmanship with a dash of theatre. Equally, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is the only UK hotel restaurant with three Michelin stars, putting its creative French cuisine firmly in London’s culinary spotlight.
Speaking of The Dorchester, this is the place to take tea and cake to a whole new level. A day at The Dorchester Spa would not be complete without some of the finest pastries in London with afternoon tea at The Promenade. They also have an indulgent ‘Spatisserie’, where the ethos is ‘a little bit of what you love is good for you’ and where the decor includes a chandelier of South Pacific pearls.
Luxury doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. London’s food scene is well known for serving the best of the best and that includes a variety of healthy dishes and cultural flavours. The city’s spa hotels serve superb food and drink that showcase how healthy food can also be a feast for the senses.
For example, The Chilworth Hotel’s Hankies restaurant is a stylish West End eatery serving a combination of tapas meets traditional Delhi street food and Cloud Twelve Club’s Brasserie serves a delicious fresh, organic, plant-based menu.
While you’re out and about you should also explore the city’s food markets (Borough Market is a favourite) and spontaneously choose to sample the wares of the myriad of restaurants and cafes on every street.
Whether it’s a romantic getaway or an evening out with friends, what could be more cosmopolitan than a cocktail or two? London’s magnificent skylines and glittering nightlife make it the perfect place for bespoke cocktails.
Amongst the locations offering the ambience and the mixology for a dreamy date, you might like to try The Intercontinental London O2 Spa’s Sky Bar. It has a reputation for its impressive views of the dramatic London Skyline, and it's fantastic range of cocktails adding an extra touch of glamour. Pair with a night out at the theatre or just a glam giggle with friends.
Equally, The May Fair is as glamorous as it was when it first opened in 1927. Giving a hint of that Great Gatsby vibe we all know and love so well, it has welcomed some of London’s most extravagant socialites, who no doubt would have enjoyed their seasonal cocktails. They even shared one of their recipes so you can try it at home.