London during the holidays is a magical place, more festive than any city I have ever seen, and I was excited to have the opportunity to spend a couple of nights there last week.
I stayed at the fabulous Four Seasons London Park Lane. The holiday decor was stunning and included beautiful gold-painted trees. The rooms were modern & chic, the service impeccable and the spa just lovely. The spa has a women and mens side with a wet and hot sauna as well as a warm whirl pool for relaxing – the perfect thing to do after a chilly day of exploring.
High Tea is at the top of my list of recommendations, I know its touristy but it’s magical. There are so many options and it really depends on the vibe and atmosphere you’re looking for. I tried to get into the Ritz, the number one place to go for High Tea because it focuses on tradition and elegance. Unfortunately they were booked since MAY.
Next on my list was SKETCH. A totally different vibe from the Ritz but somewhere I really wanted to check out. I was blown away. Sketch was super retro, I felt like I was on the set of Austin Powers. The lobby is a winter wonderland, and then you go inside to a different world. Everything was pink, with weird art work all over the walls, a beautiful floor, christmas choir, egg pods as restrooms, unbelievable service, great tea and awesome food. Definitely worth a visit.
I felt like I was on the set of the Austin Powers movie.
Looking for a good place to eat and drink like a local? Check these out:
- Chiltern Firhouse
- Churchill Arms
- City Social
- Casa Cruz
- Social Eating House- The Blind Pig (Get here before 11:30PM)
- The LAB Soho
- El Camion
I hired a driver to take me to the Cotswolds, you can drive here or take the train, however I wanted to jump around to different towns and didn’t feel comfortable driving on the other side of the road. It is about a 2 hour drive from London to the Cotswolds.
I left my heart in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is made up of many small towns in the countryside. I only had a day here so I was not able to see everything but did visit the charming towns of Bibery, Lower Slaughter, Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Camden.
Each town was magical and had a storybook feel. I loved them all, but my favorite was Lower Slaughter. It was the smallest one and had a quaint downtown with a store that sold clothing. There is an adorable man in the store who sings along to songs and tells you all about the magic of the Cotswolds are. Out back is a patio overlooking water where you can sit, watch the swans, and take it all in.