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On this recent trip to London I checked off a few things from the list that I haven’t done on previous trips. If it’s your first time traveling to the city check out my guide to the top sites here. Then add the sites below to the list. You will definitely need a week in London if not more.

STAY:

Although I didn’t stay at Claridge’s, I did have an exquisite high tea there, which was top notch. The high tea has been voted the best in London. The famous art deco hotel has been a London residence and home away from home for Hollywood stars, political heads and royalty. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert stayed at the luxury hotel in the 1860s, and since then it has only grown in popularity and style.

The Langham London is one of my favorite hotels simply because it’s luxurious yet understated. It’s not The Rtiz or The Dorchester {although those are both amazing hotels}, so there isn’t a ton of people coming in to take a peek inside. The best part is experiencing The Langham Club, which provides you with all-day complimentary service in the lounge. There’s high tea in the afternoon and drinks in the evening. It redefines the club concept and offers it to all hotel guests with an added fee.

Claridge

SHOP:

Fortnum and Mason makes my favorite loose leaf black tea. Established in 1707, it was founded on creating food that was easily portable for long journeys. The famous store still has a food hall and offers afternoon high tea, and now sells beauty products, home ware and fashion accessories. Taking home a fancy tin of loose leaf tea from this London institution makes the best gift {even for yourself}.

Harrods in another one of those must shop and see department stores. The window displays are always creative and amusing. Plus the building is so beautiful it’s hard not to want to stop and see what’s inside. The multi-level grand store has everything from a gourmet food hall to a luxury urban retreat spa. The company also partners with brands to provide exclusive products unique to Harrods.

There are several House of Fraser locations in the UK, but my favorite is the one on Oxford Street in London. I seriously had the best facial that I’ve EVER had. It’s a Murad facial {my favorite skincare products} with incorporated face and upper body massage techniques. I got the City Skin Facial and my skin looked amazing afterward. I immediately told my London-based friend about it.

London

SEE: 

If you make it to London before August 2nd, you must see the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was inspiring, moving, sad, uplifting, beautiful and interesting. So much emotion was put into McQueen’s fashion collections and the exhibit proudly displays that. I’m hoping that the exhibit will travel and come to L.A. because I would love to see it again. It’s that good, even if you’re not a fashion lover.

Seeing a play in the West End is like going to New York and seeing a play on Broadway. A definite must for all theater enthusiasts. I saw the 26,047th performance of The Mousetrap, a murder mystery play. The play is celebrating its 63rd year of a record breaking run. It’s in the Guinness Book of World Records and has been in the same theater ever since.

If you’re planning a trip for next year, I would suggest coming in mid-May for the Chelsea Flower Show. Known as the Olympics of gardening, the Chelsea Flower Show started in 1912 and has been attracting visitors from all over the world ever since. There are awards for the best garden exhibit, shopping for gardening tools, furniture and greenhouses, restaurants and of course tons of flowers and plants. Every year several members of the royal family attend for a preview of the show.

The Mousetrap London theater Chelsea Flower Show London

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