London’s calling a trip
Posh accents, perfect tea brews and a 2.000 year-old history aside, there are hundreds of other unique events, scenery and shops to scope out in London Town. Check out these five London experiences that you might not know about for your next trip across the pond.
London Fashion Week
There are numerous wardrobe trends that we owe to the British: Mod, the miniskirt, punk, new romantics, and country chic. Organized by the British Fashion Council, the large catwalk shows by top designers and fashion houses showcase over 150 designers, during the months of February and September. But, it’s not just top fashion editors or insiders that get to enjoy London Fashion Week. There are plenty of fun opportunities for everyone as loads of retailers put together fabulously “shoppable” evenings, encouraging visitors to support the rich diversity of department stores, flagships, boutiques and high-street chains that make London such a brilliant fashion destination.
Barbican Art Gallery
The Barbican Centre in and of itself is a cultural treasure trove, but the crown jewel is located on the third floor of the Brutalist building. Here, the Barbican Art Gallery has a rotating number of exhibitions. Past exhibitions include retrospectives of the work of Viktor & Rolf, Le Borbusier, Bauhaus, Yohji Yamamoto, Pop Art and Jean Paul Gaultier. After walking through the exhibits, take a load off by treating yourself to the lemon drizzle cake from one of Barbican’s cafés and enjoy outdoor seating on the Lakeside, weather permitting.
London’s oldest food market, Borough Market (see above), dates back to the time when the Romans built the London Bridge and has lasted on its current site for the last 250 years. Whether you’re a foodie or a shopping expert, Borough Market offers everything from exquisite macaroons to wholesale trading opportunities. Even if you’re just window-shopping, Borough Market is a prime spot for people watching and experiencing the hustle and bustle of a Londoner’s life.
One Lump, or Two?
It’s teatime! You’ll find the perfect spots to enjoy afternoon tea all around London, which is traditionally served around 4 p.m. Although afternoon tea is no longer religiously adhered to, no trip is complete without sampling tea sandwiches, scones, and clotted cream and jams in lovely tiered trays. Spots like Bistroteque and The Orangery are the best at serving an authentic taste of what life at Kensington Palace might have been like during the turn of the 20th century.
One property that has remained a firm favourite since opening in December 2012 is The Wellesley in Knightsbridge. As London‘s first boutique-grand hotel, The Wellesley attracts those looking for a comfortable, intimate setting rather than the grand, expansive confines of London’s larger hotels. The Wellesley is a 1920s townhouse beautifully restored with a modern take on the art deco style and with every modern convenience. The hotel is named after Sir Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington. He was a fine military leader who served as the Prime Minister of Great Britain twice between 1828 and 1834, and later as leader of the House of Lords. His statue stood atop the original Marble Arch commissioned by King George IV to commemorate victory in the Napoleonic Wars. Overlooking the Royal Hyde Park amidst the glamour of Knightsbridge, The Wellesley combines sophisticated luxury with captivating grandeur and uncompromising service. The Wellesley offers just 36 rooms and suites for the most elite, discerning traveler. The role of the staff is central to your experience at The Wellesley. The team is known for impeccable knowledge and unparalleled discretion.