Your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to really indulge. Upgraded rooms, daily massages, and spontaneous glasses of champagne aren’t just acceptable, they’re highly recommended! After all, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you should use this moment as a chance to live like royalty. Speaking of royalty, is there anywhere more impressive and highbrow than the home of the world’s most famous royal family, London? If you’re heading to England’s historic capital to celebrate your newlywed status, make sure to add these can’t-miss luxury hotspots for a trip that’s totally posh.
It doesn’t get more charming, elegant, or traditionally British than the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, located in the heart of the stylish Knightsbridge neighborhood and overlooking Hyde Park. So British, in fact, that the Queen herself learned to dance in the hotel’s ballroom, also where Will and Kate had their rehearsal dinner. Sumptuously appointed rooms and suites (including three in the iconic building’s turrets) are both chic and supremely comfortable, so you’ll feel right at home as you explore the city. Feeling hungry? Two renowned chefs, Daniel Boulud and Heston Blumenthal, have restaurants on-site, with Dinner by Heston Blumenthal featuring classic (read: sixteenth-century) English cuisine and boasting two Michelin stars; and Bar Boulud, offering a relaxed wine bar atmosphere serving rustic French cuisine. And don’t forget the spa: Two floors of steam rooms and vitality pools, private treatment rooms, and the Spas at Mandarin Oriental’s signature rituals, from Oriental Harmony (a four-hand scrub and massage) to the gentleman’s Aroma Shell Release (a deep tissue massage combining hot and cold shells for total relaxation and release).
Continue your indulgent experience by dining at one of London’s two three-star Michelin restaurants. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, located in Chelsea, is the chef’s flagship, combining French techniques with seasonal ingredients in a contemporary and intimate 45-seat setting. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, in Mayfair, showcases the chef’s innovation and attention to detail that you should try to enjoy at the Table Lumière, in the center of the restaurant surrounded with 4,500 shimmering fiber optic strands. Book this table and you’ll even get to choose which styles of Hermès china, Puiforcat silverware, and Saint-Louis crystal you’d like to dine with!
But before you make a reservation, head to some of London’s prime shopping destinations to find just the thing to wear. Men shouldn’t miss a chance to visit Savile Row for a bespoke suit made on the same street where Henry Poole first created the tuxedo. You’ll both love Harrods, where 330 departments offer everything from designer clothing to high-end accessories. The food halls are the perfect place to stop for a bite to energize you for more shopping, as well as to pick up treats to bring home.
A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without high tea. While tea rooms and hotels throughout the city offer this afternoon respite, one of the best and most traditional can be found in the 1930s-inspired Foyer at Claridge’s, a five-star hotel in the heart of Mayfair that has been observing the ritual for nearly 150 years. A dedicated tea connoisseur sources leaves from small producers around the world, then collaborates with the chef to create a pairing menu so each bite is perfectly suited to what is being brewed. You'll enjoy tasting everything, from classic cucumber and buttermilk sandwiches on white bread to fresh scones with clotted cream and seasonally-inspired British pastries.
Mix a little culture into your extravagance with a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The museum is home to over five million objects and 5,000 years of art and design, exploring everything from the history of underwear to a retrospective on Pink Floyd (from May 13 to October 1, 2017), and prints from the Japanese Edo period and Egyptian textiles. There’s something to see for every type of art lover or history buff!
Cap off your honeymoon fit for a princess with a visit to Buckingham Palace, where you can really pretend you wear a crown. Watch the changing of the guard or, if you’re in town between August 5 and September 24, 2017, tour the State Rooms, where the Queen entertains foreign dignitaries.