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Destination Spotlight: London

By Millie Earle-Wright
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We Make London Shine

A stay in the energising metropolis of London often bookends our bespoke wilderness journeys throughout the UK and Ireland. An unmissable destination for travellers, the capital city is an international melting pot of culture, history and iconic landmarks. As well as our unrivalled knowledge of the wild, natural beauty of Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland,  we have a strong network of luxury hotels, exquisite restaurants and insider experiences found in the Big Smoke. This treasure trove of London’s best can be creatively sewn together to provide your clients with a perfectly balanced, carefully curated, incredible city escape. Whether they wish to thread their way through vintage markets, visit the bohemian, energetic streets of Soho, or discover the twisting tunnels and hidden history of the underground, we possess the expertise to ensure London is an unforgettable slice of a brilliant Wilderness trip.


Where to Eat

Nobu – Portman Square

Serving award-winning Japanese-Peruvian cuisine against a backdrop of cosmopolitan cool – Nobu needs no introduction. Nestled among stucco-fronted buildings and Portman Square’s tall, leafy trees, this distinguished restaurant is part of a wider dining empire, helmed by world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. With a relaxed yet refined ambience and delicious signature dishes such as delicately sliced yellowtail sashimi adorned with jalapeno slices, and crispy pork belly with apple wasabi salsa, the Nobu’s culinary prestige (just like its menu) isn’t overdone.


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The Petersham – Covent Garden

Among the labyrinthine side streets of Covent Garden, in the delightfully named Floral Court, you’ll find The Petersham. At Petersham Nurseries’s West End outpost, the light-flooded restaurant is the perfect place to relax as city life chatters, clatters, and natters on around you. Specialising in seasonal British food with a touch of Italian flare, The Petersham’s menu focuses on a slow food ethos. Their meat comes from an organic farm in Devon. Their fish is line-caught off the beautiful Cornish coast. Serving lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea, tuck into wild boar ragu, and saffron, osso buco and marrow risotto. To finish, moreish toffee-rich date pudding awaits.


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Rules – Maiden Lane

The self-proclaimed oldest restaurant in London, Rules was established in 1798. Found on Maiden Lane, it is famed as one of England’s ‘great game restaurants’. Over the years, it has been frequented by artists, lawyers, journalists, and actors, including literary talents such as Charles Dickens, John Galsworthy and H G Wells. With walls papered with history, starch tablecloths and a plush, royal-red interior, Rules (which also has its own estate) remains true to its roots, serving traditional British food and specialising in classic game. A slow-cooked shoulder of lamb, or roast crown of mallard with beetroot and pickled blackberries, comes before well-loved sweets such as bread and butter pudding or steamed golden sponge, oozing with syrup. Make sure to arrive with an appetite and keep an eye out for the restaurant’s mascot, a 1935 Rolls-Royce called Bubbles.



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Charlie’s at Browns – Mayfair

Charlie’s is an elegant blend of comforting tradition and contemporary excellence. The restaurant can be found in the romantically lit, welcoming warmth of the iconic Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair. Begin your evening in Donovan Bar, a gilded cocktail hotspot favoured by the well-heeled clientele of one of London’s most fashionable neighbourhoods. After a drink, sink into the sophistication of Charlie’s. Overseen by Adam Byatt, an accomplished Michelin-starred chef, the restaurant delivers well-loved classic cuisine with an unfaltering modern twist. Choose pumpkin, sage, and brown butter ravioli to start. Follow with wild hare, mafaldine pasta, and Jerusalem artichokes. Chat with the sommelier and melt deliciously away as your spoon cracks through a blood orange, dark sugar, and velvet custard tart. Full of glossy wood panelling, bespoke wallpaper and gleaming silver trollies – this is Brown’s, as always, at its best.

Where to Stay

A Junior Suite at Corinthia London

Raffles London – Whitehall

Following a six-year meticulous renovation, the magnificent Old War Office – a stunning Edwardian Baroque building with an incredible history – is now home to the UK’s first Raffles Hotel. This cherished architectural landmark, a place where Winston Churchill once walked the halls, has been transformed. An unbeatable location, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey are only a short walk away and the colourful pulse of the nightlife in Soho and the theatres in West End irresistibly close. Sophisticated, with a soft, revitalising smell of bergamot, rich vetiver, cedarwood and red sequoia (courtesy of a signature fragrance developed by the perfumer Azzi Glasser), there is no better place to return to after a busy day exploring the city.

Corinthia – Whitehall

A heartbeat from the dark water of the Thames, Trafalgar Square, and the dynamic South Bank, Corinthia Hotel is the epitome of five-star opulence. It’s not boutique, quirky or discreet; rather, it wears luxury with unblushing pride – evident in the swinging chandeliers, top-hatted doormen and exquisite afternoon teas. With one of the city’s finest and award-winning spas (flowing across four floors and including all the usual suspects with the addition of nutritionists, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, and massage therapists) you could lose a day in the city without even stepping out of the lobby. With each room either overlooking the river or the courtyard, gleaming marble bathrooms and impeccable service, the Corinthia is a lovely choice, every time.

A Belgravia Suite at The Goring

The Goring – Belgravia

Found in Belgravia – one of the most exclusive and beautiful areas in central London, The Goring is well known as the hotel where Kate Middleton slept the night before her royal wedding to Prince William in the spring of 2011. Only a few minutes from Buckingham Palace, the Goring is graceful, opulent and impeccably English, possessing a regal sprinkling of old-world charm. It is the last family-owned luxury hotel in the city, and therefore unsurprising that it champions intimate, personalised service, where clients are greeted with genuine warmth. The Goring is the only hotel in the world to hold its own Royal Warrant, and with the likes of Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Sloane Street on its doorstep, it’s a wonderful and fashionable place to stay.

Credit: Charlotte Street Hotel, Firmdale Hotels. Simon Brown Photography.

Charlotte Street Hotel – Fitzrovia

Taking inspiration from the infamous Bloomsbury Group (a circle of artists, writers and intellectuals in the first half of the 20th century originating in the home of Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa Bell), Charlotte Street Hotel is an artsy enclave just north of Soho. Stepping off the cobbled streets of Fitzrovia, the hotel seamlessly fuses enchanting, playful design with elegant, historical charm – creating spaces in which you feel both delighted and relaxed. Whimsical wallpaper and original artwork command the interior, making a walk from your room to the bar to the restaurant, a joy. Elevated even more so by the warm welcome and exceptional service, it’s a lovely retreat after an adventurous day in London.

What To Do

Behind the Wheel in London Town

London – where every corner, cobblestone, and cloister is imbued with history. Explore the greatest city in the world in one of the most iconic cars ever created. Step out of the madding crowd and into the cosy comfort of a restored Mini-Cooper driven by a quintessentially English guide.

Private Viewing of the Crown Jewels

Behind some of the thickest vault doors in the country are powerful symbols of the British Monarchy – the Crown Jewels. With a history as captivating as the jewels themselves, learn the stories and secrets of this remarkable working collection from a specialised jewel house team.

A Bespoke Bicycle Tour

Enjoy an entirely bespoke, pedal-powered tour through the quiet side streets and winding lanes of London. Whether it’s an early-morning bakery stop or a late-night ghost ride, enjoy discovering the city on two wheels. A high-class, personalised experience, hop on a handcrafted English bike and relax with your expert guide.

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Glittering Graffiti and Secret Street Art

Experience London’s vibrant, multicultural street art community on an original, off-the-beaten-track tour led by street artists and local experts. From traditional graffiti in Shoreditch to huge street art murals, discover world-renowned works of art.

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Manicotti & Macaroons at London’s Famous Market

Embark on a bespoke food tour of London’s oldest and most renowned food markets. Guided by an experienced chef and author, weave your way through this tantalising warren. Here, every taste has a story to tell, and new talent caramelises, bakes, and fries.

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Afternoon Tea with a Princess

Sip afternoon tea with a vivacious Princess, enjoying a tour of her beautiful 13th century home. Steeped in seven generations of history, this is a building full of secrets and romance where every portrait, tapestry and ceramic tells a fascinating story.

Perfectly Paired With...

London offers a symphony of culinary excellence, iconic landmarks, and luxury accommodation. Yet you do not have to travel far to also discover life at a slower pace. Head west to the idyllic Cotswolds or south to sun-kissed Cornwall. Let the vibrant rhythm of the city give way to the tranquillity of the countryside.

Ready to Shine a Spotlight on London?

Whatever your clients dream of in London, let’s work together to exceed their expectations. With our insider knowledge of this vibrant city’s hidden gems and ungoogleable experiences, you can be sure that an unforgettable adventure awaits.

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Meet the Author: Millie Earle-Wright

I grew up and studied in the UK. Itchy feet led to time spent in New Zealand embracing the seasonaire lifestyle and travelling in South East Asia. The last couple of years I’ve spent in British Columbia, an amazing place to chase adrenaline.

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