A Little Bit of Luxury in London

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Mar 07, 2013 / 0 comments

While London boasts things to see and do for any budget, there’s also something to be said for a little bit of luxury, mixed in with history and culture. If you’re heading to London, there are some luxurious cultural gems to be discovered. Come along as we highlight some of the best.





Nothing says luxury like cigars – although in London, you’ll have to smoke outside. Never fear, there are several COSAs (Cozy Outdoor Seating Areas), where you can indulge. First, head to St James, and JJ Fox & Robert Lewis, London’s oldest and most famous cigar shop (started in 1787!). Once you’ve made your purchases, wend your way to a small garden enclave COSA behind Dukes Hotel, where you can rest and indulge.





Whilst London is perhaps the epitome of fantastic shopping, there’s something special about LN-CC – Late Night Chameleon Café. It’s a store and space that curates concepts that include couture womenswear, menswear, unique books, and underground music. Here’s the catch – you have to book an appointment to shop. Check online for the offerings they have – and then head to LN-CC to be surprised, perhaps.



The bonus of this is, you also get gardens! Head to Kew Gardens, and visit the Marianne North Gallery there. The walls are covered – covered! – with botanical paintings created by 19th century artist Marianne North – all over the world. You’ll see over 800 incredible, intricate, gorgeous paintings. It’s the only permanent solo exhibit in the UK, by a female artist, and first opened in 1882.


Marianne North Gallery, Kew Gardens

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Like your hotels with a bit of history? Stay in a five star hotel in Earls Court, at the Grange Strathmore Hotel. It’s a former home of the Earl of Strathmore (the late Queen Mother’s father), and is a luxurious townhouse with both history and modern luxury. The plaid carpet, beautifully polished wooden banisters, and essence of artistocratic mansion will soothe your soul after a long day shopping, eating well, and discovering London.


Grange Strathmore hotel, Earls Court, London





Eat well – on Friday and Saturday nights – with a set course menu at £30 per person, at part-time restaurant The Seagrass. Formerly a popup, it’s held in Manze’s Pie & Mash, on Chapel Market. Quirky, friendly, and definitely gourmet, a glimpse at a sample menu makes you want to cut the shopping short to be sure to get there in plenty of time. BYOB.





Discover Eltham Palace, which comprises the remains of a Tudor Palace (a royal family favorite and childhood home of King Henry VIII) and the luxurious art deco decadence of Eltham Palace, built by Stephen Courtauld in 1936. Stephen, following in his family’s footsteps, collected arts of all kinds. You’ll be entranced with the elegant Art Deco entrance hall with its beautiful murals and minimalist seating area, muse upon the cutting edge gold-plated bathroom, and even view the sleeping quarters of the family’s lemur.


Eltham Palace, London

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Wherever you find luxury hotels in and around London, you’re bound to find gems, right around the corner. Crowdsource - ask the concierge, or stop in at nearby shops and query what their favorite places are. You may be delighted at what you uncover!