London’s Most Desirable Hotels

A skyline of London and a blue skyFrom the most prestigious presentations and 5 star service to the most awe-inspiring views and decadent furniture collections, London is a city bursting with fantastic hotels to make your stay special whether you’re visiting on business, enjoying a family holiday or thinking of treating a loved one to the experience of a lifetime.

The Ritz

A hotel that needs no introduction, The Ritz, is loved by celebrities and royals alike and will open its doors to anyone with a similar budget and a penchant for dress codes. Anyone staying at The Ritz will sample the most desirable of London hotels with its impeccable old-world style, service and sophistication. The Ritz offers five different suites, depending on how flash with the cash you’re feeling, and all feature fully restored period interiors and at least two members of staff per room.

The Dorchester

If you’re looking for a more picturesque stay all of the rooms at The Dorchester offer a view over London’s Hyde Park or the hotel’s beautifully terraced landscape. And if that’s not enough The Dorchester Spa is amongst the best spas in London with its glamorous Art Deco design and a whole host of treatments from across Europe.

Claridge’s

For a hotel stay that exudes luxury and modern-day elegance Claridge’s, situated in the heart of London’s chic and sleek Mayfair, is the perfect destination for designer devotees and ladies who lunch. It is located near a whole host of high-end shops as well as boasting its own restaurants including the world renowned Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s.

The Savoy

Looking to sample the A list life? If the walls of The Savoy hotel could talk, they would tell you about sophisticated soirees, government meetings, dinner dances and lucrative liaisons involving the likes of Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra and Katherine Hepburn. And when at The Savoy, do as the celebrities do by sipping on their sumptuous signature cocktails and indulging yourself in expert dining and even a chauffeured car service if you’re feeling especially plush.

Whichever establishment you choose to frequent when in London rest assured that with this little lot you will be sampling the best of British history, design and dining that London has to offer. Also, if you are looking for luxury without the price tag, holiday apartment rental websites such as www.9flats.com feature a wide range of affordable, yet luxury holiday flats to rent.

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Christmas holidays in London

Christmas ornaments, two presents and Christmas Tree in the BackgroundLondon is such a special place for all the family at Christmas time. Everyone has a vision of a traditional Victorian Christmas scene with singers by a lantern singing carols, or perhaps you can picture ice skaters and holly. You can experience this today and so much more and fully enjoy the festive atmosphere and activities.

Carol singing

Listening to carol singers is such a joy, especially if you are in the Royal Albert Hall, or for a true Christmas experience you can listen to the carol singers from around the world, next to the Trafalgar Square huge lit up Christmas tree.

Ice skating

As it’s so popular, there are various outdoor ice rinks set up around the city in squares or the grounds of some of the historical attractions, for example the Natural History Museum, Hampton Court Palace and the moat of the Tower of London, where you can partake of the mediaeval Christmas event too. Hyde Park not only has a rink, but also a Christmas market, and a circus for you to revel in, at its Winter Wonderland.

Christmas lights

Most of the landmarks by the Thames are lit up with bright Christmas lights. Well-known stores such as Harrods and Hamleys become beautiful light spectacles. Regent Street is well-known for its street lights and don’t forget Oxford Street and the rest of the West End lights.

Father Christmas

The children will love a visit to Father Christmas’s Grotto at Harrods or Selfridges, to name but two, for them to say what they want for Christmas.

Shopping

Christmas fairs abound all over London. Apart from doing your Christmas shopping, you can admire the store windows, decorated in true Christmas festive fashion.

Theatre, ballet and pantomime

There are always special performances during the Christmas period at the theatre. The English National Ballet puts on seasonal performances including the traditional Nutcracker which has been performed annually for more than 50 years. Christmas would not be Christmas without a pantomime. Behind you!

Geffrye Museum Exhibition

You can see period house interiors from 1600 to the present, showing how Londoners live. At Christmas each room in the transformed east London almshouses is decorated as part of the Christmas Past Exhibition which delightfully reveals the meanings of traditional customs.

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