London is a cultural epicenter filled with luxury on all levels. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious dining, nightlife or shopping experience — or all of the above — London has you covered. Below is your guide to living luxe during your trip to London.
Where To Enjoy London’s Fine Dining Spots
There’s no shortage of fine dining establishments in London. Spread throughout the city are beautiful venues run by well-known chefs and new restaurants with emerging talented chefs. One thing each of these restaurants has in common is providing prize-winning foods.
Duck & Waffle
110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
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Ride up to the 40th floor of Heron Tower, and you’ll be dining in the sky at the highest restaurant in the United Kingdom. Duck & Waffle offers an exceptional menu and some of the best bird’s-eye views of London. Open to customers 24/7, you can taste Chef Daniel Doherty’s British and European influenced dishes whatever day and time of your trip is convenient for you. Duck & Waffle is on the menu, but it’s not the only dish worth trying. Anything from the seafood bar is divine, and for breakfast go with one of the Belgian waffles or the English Breakfast.
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110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
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Situated just below Duck & Waffle on the 38th and 39th floors of Heron Tower is SUSHISAMBA. Here you’ll experience a blend of Brazilian, Japanese and Peruvian cuisine and culture. Snack on the Scallop or ‘Mixto’ Seviche before delving into your main course of one of the authentic Kobe beef choices. The samba rolls are also a popular option. Besides indulging your taste buds, SUSHISAMBA indulges all your senses with its restaurant music, unique designs and incredible views from the main dining room that overlook London with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls. On a nice evening, dine alfresco on the outdoor dining terrace.
Marco Pierre White Steak & Alehouse
109-117 Middlesex St., London E1 7JF
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London is home to several fine steakhouses, but none are finer than Marco Pierre White Steak & Alehouse. Located in the center of the Square Mile, as soon as you walk through this traditional steakhouse’s doors, the quintessential dining room, elegant cocktail bar and delightful aroma of foods will have you in love with this London luxury before you even take a seat. Besides various cuts of lip-smacking steaks, also on the menu are classic English food dishes. No matter what you decide to order, it will be a satisfying decision.
Where To Find London’s Extravagant Nightlife
Sightseeing and visiting London’s top attractions are great daytime activities, but your London nights should be spent living it up with the fabulous, lavish locals at one of these posh nightlife spots.
29 Romilly St., Soho, London W1D 5HP
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Kettner’s is a dining and drinking venue, but we recommend you venture there for the latter. And there’s no better way to live like the rich and famous than at Kettner’s Bar sipping on glass of champagne. With more than 100 varieties of champagnes, no other place in London can match the extensive list this bar offers its patrons. And to add some spice into your weeknight life, stop by Kettner’s on a Tuesday night for one of its Gin, Fizz & Jazz Nights. Enjoy free entry along with a night of heavenly cocktails and smooth jazz music.
OXO Tower Bar
OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House St., South Bank, London SE1 9PH
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Cocktails and view. What more could you want for a night in London? OXO Tower Bar is the best spot in London for both. Sitting high above London overlooking the River Thames, there’s no better way to enjoy your night out. And there are more than enough drinks to choose from, including long lists of wines, liqueurs, rum, gin, whiskeys and more.
34 Portman St., London W1H 7BY
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The Texture Champagne Bar is open to its restaurants diners who want a pre-dinner beverage or to anyone wanting to sample its amazing champagne and wine list. You can buy more than 100 of champagnes by the bottle or try any of five poured and served by the glass. And the extensive wine list is just as magnificent as the champagnes. If you get hungry, ask for the bar food menu to have an accompanying snack with your palatable glass of wine or champagne.
Where To Go In London For High-End Shopping
London is known for its fashionable style, and this stylish city provides numerous shopping districts, streets and stores that each bring their own unique fashion sense to the fashion table.
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Bond Street isn’t for someone who’s on a shopping budget. With its designer shops, this is where the rich locals and celebrities shop. You’ll discover exclusive jewelry stores, like Cartier and Tiffany & Co., and well-known stores, like Chanel, Christian Dior and Coach, lining this street. Bond Street is also a hit area for international designers.
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Head to central London for the renowned retail district of Knightsbridge. A tourist favorite is Harrods, the famous British store filled with luxury items spread throughout its seven floors. Harvey Nichols is another chic store selling designer labels, and for designer shops like Armani and Gucci, check out Sloan Street.
51 Piccadilly, London W1J 0QJ
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Burlington Arcade claims to be the curators of London style since the early 1800s. Browse through the many stores, and take your pick from the widespread selections of fine jewelry, watches, fashion and accessories. As of this year, eight new stores have joined Burlington Arcade’s lineup, including Chanel, La Perla and Maison Michel.
Living luxe in London is easy, and we know you’ll enjoy every lavish minute of it during your stay in this radiant European city when you visit these fine dining, nightlife and shopping locations.
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