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Inspirato offers two spacious flats and an array of luxury rooms and suites at seven hotels across London. Choose from two-bedroom flats, Mayfair and Middleton, at Metropolitan by COMO, London hotel, situated across from Hyde Park within easy walking distance to Buckingham Palace. Around the corner, Baglioni Hotel London overlooks Kensington Gardens, a short walk from Harrods.
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences is close to Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and Big Ben, while Rosewood London in the West End is a fantastic option for business travelers. Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, London, is the tallest five-star hotel in the city, offering sweeping skyline views of London’s most famous attractions from its perch in London Bridge.
In many cities, the juxtaposition of tradition and ceremony with the fast pace of a global financial center might strike an uneasy balance. In London, it's just part of the fun. On the one hand, you can witness the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, cross the River Thames on the iconic Tower Bridge, and sample strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. On the other, you can also find the latest fashions, hip nightclubs, and authentic cuisine from virtually any corner of the Earth. The famous theater scene, the British Museum and National Gallery, and Westminster Abbey are several reasons to vacation or do business in London.
The world's largest observation tower opened in 2000 and offers views for some 25 miles; you may be able to see Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Passengers are carried in pods that make a full circle around "the eye" every 30 minutes.
The official residence of the Queen, the palace is surrounded by a 40-acre garden and guarded by Scotland Yard 24 hours a day. A tourist favorite is the changing of the guard, at 11:30 a.m. every day (or every other day in some months).
A historic hotel like The Ritz London is a must-visit for afternoon teas, but check out one of the capital's more unusual services too. From empanadas to cotton candy, this trend will set Earl Grey spinning in his grave.
In the middle of Hyde Park is winding Serpentine Lake; rent a boat and soak up the bucolic atmosphere of a warm afternoon. This idyllic location is the backdrop and inspiration for one of Renoir's most famous paintings, "Woman in a Boat."
London is famous for its beautiful gardens. Many that have been preserved and maintained are former private estates. Visit the 120+ acres of Royal Botantical Gardens, Kew Gardens or take a leisurely walk through Holland Park.
The red double-decker buses of London are famous worldwide and a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour onboard one of these iconic vehicles is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the layout of the city and its many attractions.
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Visit a fascinating collection of historical sights and museums like The Tower of London, Churchill War Rooms or Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. In many cases, fast track tickets may be obtained from your concierge.
London Walks offers a variety of routes, utter reliability and superb guides. Meet on the pavement outside the designated Tube Stop at the time stated. Guides hold up copies of the famous white London Walks leaflet.
Covent Garden London is famous for its shops, street performers, bars, restaurants, theaters and the Royal Opera House. Covent Garden is an Italian-style piazza packed with restaurants, bars and fashionable boutiques.
The Spa at 51 has teamed up with Anne Sémonin to create a luxury where a trained therapist first consults the guest on specific skin needs. The treatments are 'made to measure' in the famous Anne Sémonin tradition.
Wentworth Club, about 45 minutes away, boasts three 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course. It's the only club in the world that hosts three prominent professional tournaments every year. Reservations needed at least a month in advance.
One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. A must-see!
Don't think of London encapsulated constantly by fog and a dreary ongoing drizzle. While that can be the weather forecast from time to time, London enjoys a temperate environment that experiences all four seasons (and plenty of sunny days to enjoy as well). Think of London as an urban paradise that features a bounty of historic landmarks, stately gardens and royal parks.