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Upon Arrival: London

However exciting it may be to have reached your destination, the first day of a trip can be taxing. Long flights are tiring, and hotels don’t always have rooms ready for check-in before mid-afternoon. Few travelers care to leap into their trip bleary-eyed, embarking on a full-day excursion, nor do they want to waste the day completely. In the spirit of finding a happy medium, we have outlined an ideal arrival day in London, customized to where you are staying.

Contact Indagare for assistance planning a trip to London. Our specialists can book you at the property that is right for you, plan seamless travel transfers and arrange great activities, meals and special experiences.

Hotel: Claridge’s or the Connaught

  • Late Breakfast: Enjoy eggs benedict and tea at the buzzing Cecconi’s
  • Perfect Lunch: Dine at La Petite Maison, a fashionable hot spot serving Provençal fare.
  • Culture Moment: Visit the Gagosian’s Mayfair location for of-the-moment contemporary art exhibitions and installations.
  • Shop Around: Navigate the boutiques along New Bond Street, and don’t miss the high-end leather boutique Smythson.
  • Caffeinate: Return to your hotel for their afternoon tea, which is a draw for locals and travelers alike (reserve a table in advance).
  • Lovely Stroll: Amble through Grosvenor Square and around charming Mayfair

Hotel: Ham Yard

  • Late Breakfast: If the weather is nice, check out the rooftop terrace and garden before enjoying the farm-to-table cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant.
  • Restore: Book the Matins energizing massage at the hotel’s Soholistic Spa for a Matins energizing massage, perfect for a post flight pick-me-up.
  • Perfect Lunch: Snag a seat the popular Ducksoup to enjoy one of the day’s specials.
  • Culture Moment: Pop into The National Portrait Gallery, which houses portraits of British leaders spanning from the beginning of British Monarchy to current day royals including Kate Middleton.
  • Shop Around: Avoid the busy Piccadilly Circus and hide out at Karl Largerfeld’s London boutique, which proffers an eclectic mix of wares including candles and his ready-to-wear line.
  • Caffeinate: Luxuriate in the beautiful yellow marbled Café at Café Royal Hotel while sampling fine European pastries and espresso.

Hotel: The Lanesborough, the Berkeley or the Goring

  • Late Breakfast: Curb your appetite with freshly baked pastries at Celeste, located in the Lanesborough’s Venetian dining room
  • Restore: Book a treatment at your hotel’s spa
  • Perfect Lunch: Dine like a local at the Punchbowl, Guy Ritchie’s informal, Art Deco–inspired pub. Try the scotch egg, a classic British dish.
  • Culture Moment: Stroll (or ride) through Hyde Park and pop into the Serpentine Sackler Gallery for the latest modern art exhibitions. Enjoy a light picnic afterwards on the lawn.
  • Shop Around: At Globe-Trotter’s flagship boutique for hand-crafted, personalized luggage.
  • Caffeinate: At Ottolenghi Belgravia, a gourmet chain that has fantastic baked goods and coffee.
  • Lovely Stroll: Pass through Wellington Arch, located across from the hotel, which leads directly to Buckingham Palace.

Hotel: Belmond Cadogan Hotel

  • Late Breakfast: Indulge in a juice and the famous hot cakes at the Chelsea outpost of the popular Australian café, Granger & Co.
  • Restore: Book a treatment at the Belmond Cadogan‘s spa
  • Perfect Lunch: Enjoy a casual lunch at London’s favorite British brasserie, Tom’s Kitchen.
  • Culture Moment: Stroll to Sloane Square and view contemporary art at the Saatchi Gallery, where admission is free.
  • Shop Around: Peruse the stores at Chelsea Farmers Market, which is not an actual farmers market, but rather a collection of stores designed in a market-style setting.
  • Caffeinate: At Ottolenghi Belgravia, a gourmet chain that has fantastic baked goods and coffee.
  • Lovely Stroll: Explore the 93-acre Cadogan Estate Gardens, across the street from the hotel. Designed in 1886 and typically reserved for local residents only, the gardens are also open to guests of the Belmond and the perfect place for a quiet stroll or, in warmer months, a picnic and a match on the private tennis courts.

Hotel: Rosewood

  • Late Breakfast: If you arrive at the hotel after noon, head to the cozy Scarfes Bar for some light fare and a cocktail before heading out for the afternoon. If you arrive earlier, the hotel’s Holborn Dining Room is a great spot for breakfast fare.
  • Restore: Experience Rosewood’s Sense Spa and book their signature Face Place Treatment.
  • Perfect Lunch: Located on the corner of Aldwych and Drury Lane is the eatery The Delaunay (owned by the same people behind London staple the Wolseley).
  • Culture Moment: Walk to the nearby Sir John Soane’s Museum, located in the former home of the eccentric art collector and filled with his whimsical collection.
  • Shop Around: If you happen to arrive on a Sunday, be sure to shop at the Rosewood’s Slow Food & Living Market, located in the serene inner courtyard. Another great place to shop is on Lamb’s Conduit Street, which is home to independent shops like The French House and Folk.
  • Caffeinate: Walk 15 minutes to Store Street Espresso, a minimalist but cozy café located near the back entrance of the British Museum.
  • Lovely Stroll: Walk over to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the largest public square in London.

Contact Indagare for assistance planning a trip to London. Our specialists can book you at the property that is right for you, plan seamless travel transfers and arrange great activities, meals and special experiences.

– Missy Weil on April 2, 2019

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