Morning Champagne breakfast at the Wolseley. This cafe-restaurant has a grand and opulent setting in an impressive Grade II listed building. It’s well known for it’s breakfast and afternoon tea. Although they have tables for walk-in clientele, it’s advised to book ahead. The full english breakfast is spot on, with perfectly cooked poached egg and pork sausages, delicious.
Afternoon A leisurely afternoon at the Bamford Haybarn Spa in the lovely Berkeley Hotel. I highly recommend the Bamford De-Stress Massage (55 mins £100). This was one of the best massages I’ve experienced, even after having a countless number in Thailand and Bali. After my masseuse asked me which areas I wanted her to focus on, she really took care and succeeded in releasing the tension from my shoulders and back. The cucumber water on arrival, the thick, soft, white towels on the large massage bed, the ambiatic music and dimmed lights, this all made for a very special pampering session. The design of this spa is simple, fresh and elegant. Afterwards, lounging at their impressive rooftop pool area in a thick, cosy bathrobe is a wonderful way to relax. A menu of small snacks and healthy smoothies are available to choose from, delivered right to your sunbed. Heavenly.
Feeling fully refreshed, head for Afternoon Tea at The Langham Hotel or Claridges. At the Langham, the ‘Bijoux Afternoon Tea with Laurent-Perrier Brut’ is a must. It is inspired by the jewellery designer Theo Fennell. Think Foie gras and smoked duck with mandarin as there take on ‘finger sandwiches’ and Kentish strawberry with white balsamic macaroons as a taster for the cake selection. It’s a work of art!
Evening Dinner at the trendy michelin-starred Hakkasan restaurant for delicious modern cantonese cuisine. Order the tasting menu and feast on delicious dim sum, soft shell crab, chicken satay and the incredible black cod with miso sauce. I’s truly one of the best dishes I’ve ever had! The cocktails menu is also worth exploring. Then head to the stylish and decadent, award-winning Connaught Hotel bar for after-dinner cocktails. The lavish decor is created by designer David Collins, the perfect setting to end your evening.