Among the wide Georgian streets of West London you will find many bars, bistros and public houses bustling with life and brimming with interesting quirks. However, this guide aims to sort the wheat from the chaff and provide you, the readers, with a ‘what’s hot in the luxury London scene’.
1) Just off of Harley Street in West Central London lies the worlds’ best bar from 2012 – 2014 as voted for by Drinks International. The Artesian creates cocktails that incorporate a multi-sensory journey from the taste and smell down to the style of each glass. This outstanding bar serves cocktails of the highest order, crafted by talented mixologists and created with painstaking care. The setting is a just as carefully designed as the drinks. Grandiose chandeliers drape from the ceilings, capping off the experience with a tasteful ode to old English architecture. This bar is more than just a bar it is a space for the surreal to take form and delivers laughter, enthusiasm as well as an amazing entertaining space. Going to this bar is a must for any luxury London night out.
The Artesian – The Langham, Portland Place, London W1B 1JA – phone : +44 20 7636 1000
2) A short walk down Saville row, just off St. James square lies the bespoke perfumery Floris. With a Royal warrant and distinguished customers such as Winston Churchill and Florence Nightingale a shopping trip here will supply you with the best scent money can buy. Designing your own bespoke smell can be a fun day out and with guidance from experienced staff, you will certainly come out smelling of roses.
Floris – 89 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JH - phone: +44 20 7930 2885
3) Taking high tea is a very English tradition and one that West London knows better than most. If small sandwiches and a vast selection of intriguing hot drinks are your cup of tea then you will not find a better place than Dean Street Townhouse in Soho. The interior is flawlessly designed to create the perfect space for eating, drinking and catching up with friends. The friendly staff round off the whole experience, leaving you smiling and satisfied.
Dean Street Townhouse – 69/71 Dean Street, London W1D 3SE
4) Once you have taken high tea, created your own perfume and maybe before you have cocktails, there is surely time for a spot of shopping at London’s oldest department store, Fortnum and Mason in the heart of Piccadilly. With a world famous food hall and high fashion on every floor this store is a feast for the senses. 150 years of supplying the Royal family, serves as the highest endorsement of this British institution.
Fortnum and Mason – 81 Piccadilly London – Phone: +44 20 7734 8040
5) To round off our top 5 luxury things to do in London we take a short taxi ride West to Ham Polo Club. As day out, there are drinks a-plenty, entertainment and plenty of horses to while away the hours. There is ample parking for your helicopter should you wish to arrive in style and gourmet picnic catering for those who fancy champagne and caviar whilst watching the game.
Ham Polo Club – Petersham Close, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AH – phone : +44 20 8334 0000
David Last – on twitter @Estateagenews
David Last is a discerning writer about fine venues for all occasions in London and his will share with our readers his wide experience,
visiting boutique bistros and concept stores with an aim to discover as many little secrets as these London streets have hidden away within.
Through his writing he will try to share the sense of mystery and wonder that engulfs me as I adventure through the city