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For those of you that enjoy the finer things in life, the UK’s capital city has got plenty to keep you busy. Whether you like to indulge in fine art or fast cars, you’ll be spoilt for choice, because London and luxury go hand in hand.
GT Rush - London Driving Experience
Nothing says luxury quite like cruising in a supercar past Buckingham Palace, and that’s exactly what’s on offer with the GT Rush London driving experience. The experience begins at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, easily accessible from Marble Arch underground station.
The car: A 4.7 litre V8 engine producing 440 brake horsepower will take you from 0 to 60 in just five seconds. Prepare to be wowed as you lay your eyes on the Maserati GranCabrio, also known as “Harry,” that you’ll be taking for a spin
Your options: The Intro Ride lasts 30 minutes and takes you past the home of Her Majesty The Queen, while the Next Level route is a full hour and lets you put the car into Sport Mode as you drive around Regent's Park's traffic-free ring road.
If you like the thought of seeing London’s premier sights while sitting in one of the world’s premier supercars, then hop right in!
Royal Academy of Arts
Your luxury trip around London continues just a short walk or bus ride away at the Royal Academy of Arts, which is also conveniently located near to Piccadilly Circus underground station. After marvelling at the area’s famous advertising boards, London’s answer to Times Square, head inside the Academy to witness world class exhibits featuring the likes of LS Lowry and Henri Matisse.
Must-see exhibit: For a magical trip down memory lane, don’t miss the illustrations of Charles Tunnicliffe, located in the Tennant Gallery. With characters like the Hungry Caterpillar, the Enormous Crocodile, Aslan and the Gruffalo on display, the exhibit is perfect for children and adults alike.
With almost 250 years of history to its name and featuring some of the finest treasures that the art world has to offer, it’s an institution that has become synonymous with high-class culture.
Fortnum & Mason
About a one minute walk away from the Royal Academy, you’ll find another long-established British institution: Fortnum and Mason. Founded back in 1707, the iconic store is a reputable purveyor of luxury goods, whether you’re into food or fashion.
The shop makes a fantastic place to pick up gifts for loved ones, with the Fortnum and Mason hampers proving particularly popular. Of course, it’s likely that you’ll want to treat yourself as well, so give yourself plenty of time to peruse the top quality wines, the finest china kitchenware and the store’s exquisite jewellery collection.
Best sellers: If you need to buy someone a gift, then the Fortnum and Mason hamper is always a winner. If you’re looking to treat yourself instead, then the Cocktail Truffles are to die for.
Oh, and if all that retail therapy has left you feeling a little peckish, then the store’s highly rated restaurant is on hand to help.
The next stop on your luxury experience takes you to a part of London that is so sophisticated it was once reserved for royalty. King’s Road in Chelsea was the private property of the monarch until 1830 and the area retains its upmarket vibe to this day.
Emerging from Sloane Square Underground station gives you the chance to take in the entire street and nearby attractions. If you want to shop in the most stylish surroundings then this is the place to come.
Retail therapy: There’s high class fashion outlets by Michael Kors and Vivienne Westwood, while India Jane sells classy homeware and furniture items.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden
At 197 King’s Road, you’ll find the final stop on this luxurious journey, The Ivy Chelsea Garden. The restaurant makes for the ideal base to explore the street’s retail and cultural delights and delivers sophisticated dining whether you’re here for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Although the food is exquisite, with dishes like whole grilled lobster and truffle arancini sure to whet the appetite, the setting is equally luxurious. With its extensive garden, terrace and orangery, the Ivy Chelsea Garden delivers a restaurant experience that will surpass even the most sophisticated foodie’s expectations.
Eat: Start with the Atlantic sea scallops, followed by the crab linguine. The Chocolate bombe makes for the perfect finale.