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The Getaway: London

The Getaway: London

by Rakhee Bhatt

There’s a soft yet vibrant pulse to London that underscores its every inch. With an urban landscape that seamlessly blends centuries old structures like the Tower of London with modern landmarks like the Shard, along with abundant green spaces and colorful rows of homes, London is a city where anything and everything feels possible. From the shopping mecca of Harrods, to the foodie haven of Borough Market, to the quiet solace of Hyde Park, there is an endless stream of things to see and do in this UK destination. Here, where to sip, savor, see and stay while in London this season.

SIP

The Getaway: London
Nightjar
Nightjar

Venture to a bygone period at this Shoreditch speakeasy, where Prohibition-era drinks are poured and savored with equal enthusiasm. Come after 9:30 p.m. any night to hear to live 1920s jazz music as you sip signature tipples like the Diamond Spritz with Belvedere vodka and Veuve Cliquot rich, or the Garden of Eden with Don Julio tequila and strawberry wine.

The Red Lion Westminster

Situated on the site of a medieval tavern dating back to 1434, this historic pub was a frequent watering hole for a young Charles Dickens and has also served every British Prime Minister—including Sir Winston Churchill—through the 1970s. With plenty of local brews on tap, go for the iconic London Pride crafted completely with homegrown hop varieties, or wash down fish and chips with their Frontier lager featuring bright citrus notes.

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SAVOR

The Getaway: London
Claridge’s
Dishoom Shoreditch

Infusing traditional elements from Indian cuisine into inventive modern fare has made every locale of this east-meets-west restaurant chain popular with the local masses. Not to mention, this Shoreditch spot boosts a stunning layout with a veranda reminiscent of a middle eastern café. Make yourself comfortable to tuck into starters like the okra fries or vegetable samosas before moving on to beloved main dishes like the house black daal, which takes 24 hours to prepare, or one of the slow-cooked biryanis.

Claridge’s

If there’s one place to truly partake in the English tradition of afternoon tea, then it would be at this iconic Maryfair hotel. Sure, the tea served in fine bone china is at this heart of this quintessential ritual, but it’s the delicate finger sandwiches, the classic raisin scones with Cornish clotted cream and the array of mouthwatering desserts that make this mid-day meal a true culinary experience.

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SEE

The Getaway: London
The British Museum
London Eye

The classic carnival Ferris wheel gets a update in this sleek city version. Towering at 443 feet into the sky, this River Thames mainstay has 32 enclosed glass capsules that take 30 minutes to circle all the way around, offering views of London that expand out 25 miles in all directions. Book a fast track ticket online to skip the long queue.

The British Museum

Renowned as the first national museum in the world to be opened to the general public in 1759, this historic institution features must-see objects like The Rosetta Stone, an Easter Island statue and Parthenon sculptures. Make sure to include a stroll along the museum’s two-acre, glass-roof Great Court, which has a reading room at its center.

WHAT TO WEAR

STAY

The Getaway: London
Henrietta Hotel
Artist Residence London

Get cozy in one of the 10 artfully appointed rooms at this tranquil South London hotel, where each one spotlights work by a different artist and is set against a décor scheme that includes plush jewel-toned chairs and smooth leather couches. Book the Club or Grand Suite to enjoy a relaxing evening soak in the freestanding bathtub.

Henrietta Hotel

Located in the charming area of Covent Garden, this 18-bedroom boutique hotel draws retro inspiration from Italian design to create an easy and elevated place to rest your head at night. Stay in the spacious Grand Henrietta room where there is a private balcony to take in the views of London.

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    well done..hope keeping touch and coorporate with you

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