London Calling

August 10, 2016 - Travel

In June we had the pleasure of visiting the wonderful city of London. To see this extraordinary city is always a pleasure – walking by the River Thames, visiting the luxurious shops and dine at the most wonderful restaurant. This year was a very special trip with two exclusive hotels and a great tour back in time.

First of all thanks to the Jumeirah Group, Publishing Group Deluxe was able to be sent back in time to the Swinging Sixties in London. Arriving at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower was an experience itself, since this five-star hotel is a beacon of British style and sophistication. Located on Sloane Street in the heart of Knightsbridge, this luxury hotel is one of the best hotels in London and boasts 216 guest rooms including 58 suites. We were welcomed with a Brilliantly British 90 Years Afternoon Tea in the Chinoiserie, which was created in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday this year. The Afternoon Tea, which takes a nostalgic look back on the culinary trends of the last 90 years, features a selection of savouries and pastries that evoke strong memories of the foods beloved by the British in decades gone by. We couldn’t even tell you our favourites since they were all incredibly delicious and beautifully displayed. From the shrimp finger sandwiches to the strawberry jam sponge penny, a favourite of The Queen’s as a child in the 1920s, made with new season strawberries and decorated with an edible English penny. Such a delicious way to celebrate the Queen and a wonderful afternoon in London.

After this special treat, another special surprise awaited us just after a five-minute walk to the Saatchi Gallery. We visited Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones at the Saatchi Gallery, which is a must-see – no matter if you are a fan of The Rolling Stones or not. Unlocking their vast archive, this exhibition is a Rolling Stones treasure trove, curated over 9 thematic gallery spaces with 500 items from original stage costumes, rare instruments and lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, and never before released audio and behind-the-scenes footage. We cannot reveal much more, but that you definitely have to see it yourself. Afterwards in was time for dinner in one of the many Pubs close by on Kings Road to get the real feeling of the Sixties and the British hospitality.

The next day, after a wonderful breakfast at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant, where we can recommend ordering the Eggs Royale, we made our way to the next wonderful cultural institution in London – the Victoria and Albert Museum. Here we received an exclusive peek at the new « You Say You Want A Revolution: Records and Rebels 1966-1970 » exhibition, which will open on September 10th 2016. This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism.

Afterwards we enjoyed a lovely lunch at the sunny The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. Whatever you decide on, order a side dish of Sweet Potato Fries, which are amazing. They also go well with their cocktails in the wonderful rays of sunshine outside.

And more Swinging Sixties followed afterwards when we met our wonderful tour guide Laura Adams in Sloane Square for a Swinging Sixtie themed walking tour of London, including Kings Road/Chelsea and Carnaby Street/Soho. We followed the steps of model Twiggy, the mod fashion and, of course, The Beatles and other great musical phenomena. It was a great trip to remember a time of cultural revolution, where optimism, youth and peace were playing the major roles.

The wonderful trip ended with a luxurious dinner at The Rib Room Restaurant with the opportunity to try dishes, which have been on the menu since 1961, including The Rib Room Prawn Cocktail and the Roast Rib of Beef.

In case you have more time and want to see the traditional sights, such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace or more, you should definitely prolong your visit and stay at the wonderful Corinthia Hotel London, in the heart of the city. Moments from Trafalgar Square, Westminster and Covent Garden, it is also within easy reach of Mayfair and the City. This grand Victorian building, dating from 1885, has been given new life with fine rooms, stylish suites and imaginative penthouses offering state-of-the-art 21st Century luxury. The evening should best be spent at the hotel’s restaurant Massimo, an authentic fine dining Italian restaurant serving seasonal dishes with a creative touch. The ambience is especially wonderful and ensures for unforgettable hours with great food and exceptional wine.


On the next day, please visit the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour. It is such a pleasure to reconnect with your inner child and remember the wonderful times reading the story of Wizardry and Harry Potter or watching the thrilling movies. And when you are not a fan yourself, which is almost impossible, then treat your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews to a wonderful day behind-the-scenes of the world of Magic. Self-stirring cauldrons, breathtakingly detailed sets and intricate props fill the Studio Tour's two soundstages and backlot. You can stroll down Diagon Alley
, peer into the cabinets of Dumbledore's office and admire the well-worn furniture in Gryffindor common room. Exterior sets such as number four, Privet Drive and the triple-decker purple Knight Bus are showcased in the Studio Tour's backlot – it's also one of three places in the world where you can buy the deliciously sweet Butterbeer! And there is so much more, which you simply have to find out for yourself.

And when you come back in September, you still have the chance to participate un the special Making of Harry Potter – Finding the Philosopher`s Stone before you can visit the You Say You Want A Revolution: Records and Rebels 1966-1970’ exhibition at the V&A.

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