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Once in a lifetime weekend in London

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KenAdams Tue 29-Jul-14 22:44:08

DH has a big birthday coming up. I want to take him on a once in a lifetime weekend to London to include:

1 night stay at a 5* hotel
Afternoon tea
Bar/Club (possibly)

Can anyone give me any suggestions?

I doubt we'll be able to afford to do anything like this again for a very very long time, but I just once, want to treat him.

SpaceKoala Tue 29-Jul-14 22:52:46


DameOfCrones Tue 29-Jul-14 22:54:11

The Shard?

Sharpkat Tue 29-Jul-14 22:55:36

Mandarin Oriental? Great new afternoon tea place opened there recently. Opposite Harvey nics and harrods. Hyde park on your doorstep. £££ though

traviata Tue 29-Jul-14 22:55:54

Sketch for afternoon tea

KenAdams Tue 29-Jul-14 22:59:37

Dame for the hotel for for dinner?

Thank you, I'll look into those.

Purplewithred Tue 29-Jul-14 23:05:10
WellWoman Tue 29-Jul-14 23:06:03

Traditional hotel ? like claridges/the Connaught/the savoy or more modern and trendy like the W, the Sanderson, the met ( not so trendy now but great location and service) or more quirky like Charlotte st?

Wherever you decide tell them it's been strongly recommended by a regular customer of theirs and it's for a very special occasion and you'd be really grateful if they could give you as nice a room as they can.

Don't do afternoon tea and dinner out on same day, you'll not enjoy dinner if you are like me, unlikely to hold back on the tea offerings.

Afternoon tea - the Connaught or Browns hotel or sketch are great options.

Go up the Shard at sunset and have a glass of champagne from the champagne bar.

Take DH to a posh cigar shop in Mayfair - st James's st or Jermyn st for a Cuban cigar if he likes that sort of thing. Gent's Shave for him at trumper's maybe?

WellWoman Tue 29-Jul-14 23:06:40

Ooh, massive cross post, good to see some endorsements of stuff I mentioned

QuintessentiallyQS Tue 29-Jul-14 23:07:32

Oohh Charlotte Street is lovely!

ChippyMinton Tue 29-Jul-14 23:11:45

Ronnie Scotts for after dinner?

Take cabs everywhere that's not walkable!

zeddybrek Tue 29-Jul-14 23:15:57

Paramount for afternoon tea with beautiful views;

KenAdams Tue 29-Jul-14 23:25:17

Thank you, I'm frantically Googling!

I was thinking maybe The Ritz, but it looks a bit shabby from the recent Tripadvisor pictures of it, so now I'm not sure.

Azquilith Tue 29-Jul-14 23:25:45

Walk along Southbank past the Eye, free!

KenAdams Wed 30-Jul-14 09:21:04

I'm not sure I've ever actually walked along the South Bank!

vestandknickers Wed 30-Jul-14 09:24:51

Tower 42 for a glass of champagne and an amazing view!

vestandknickers Wed 30-Jul-14 09:26:27
KenAdams Wed 30-Jul-14 09:35:17

Oh wow that looks amazing!

Chaby Wed 30-Jul-14 09:43:45

Gordens wine bar nr embankment station

SweetFelicityArkwright Wed 30-Jul-14 10:22:20

We stayed at the Savoy a couple of years ago and had afternoon tea there too.
It was a great experience, from the moment we stepped out of our cabs and our bags were whisked away immediately and we were treated like visiting Royalty. Can't speak highly enough of the service and room we had. Even our teenage ds who is 'meh' about almost everything was impressed and still says he would love to go back.
Afternoon tea was great too. I can't eat dairy, which my dh had mentioned on booking, and they had already catered for me with specially made sandwiches,cakes and scones all baked just for me.
It was worth every penny as a special experience.

KellyElly Wed 30-Jul-14 10:24:33

Budget? It would have to be The Dorchester if money isn't an issue. The Langham is lovely too.

Nancy66 Wed 30-Jul-14 10:50:47

Do men really enjoy afternoon tea?

I'd consider The Goring Hotel as somewhere to stay

Browns for afternoon tea?

Duck and Waffle for dinner ?

dinkystinky Wed 30-Jul-14 10:53:40

Not the ritz for afternoon tea - try the Wolseley instead. or for good hotel deals

TalcumPowder Wed 30-Jul-14 10:56:43

Why, do you have to be in possession of a working vagina to eat sandwiches and cake?

Would stay at either the Dorchester or the Langham, myself, have dinner at Hakkusan or Yauatcha, or Bocca Di Lupo. Definitely Gordon's wine bar on Vine Street unless it's hot, in which case it's like a sweaty cave, and Ronnie Scott's.

Theatre? Lots of good things on.

TalcumPowder Wed 30-Jul-14 10:57:13

I love the Wolseley for breakfast.

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