The perfect way to blow your year-end bonus and the best excuse to visit London again come by way of the new allbusiness-class Silverjet. The luxury long-hauler takes you from nearby Newark to London’s Luton airport so quickly and comfortably that you’ve barely got time to down the bubbly at check-in or enjoy the massage feature of your (almost) fully reclining seat before you’ve crossed the pond to continue the splurge.
The perfect way to blow your year-end bonus and the best excuse to visit London again come by way of the new allbusiness-class Silverjet (flysilverjet.com). The luxury long-hauler takes you from nearby Newark to London’s Luton airport so quickly and comfortably that you’ve barely got time to down the bubbly at check-in or enjoy the massage feature of your (almost) fully reclining seat before you’ve crossed the pond to continue the splurge.
Stay: The Langham (1c Portland Place, Regent Street, 7636-1000, langhamhotels.com) is one of London’s oldest and stateliest hotels, but that doesn’t stop it from offering an over-the-top 5,000-pounds-a-night suite with features like an overflowing infinity tub. In fact, any of its generously appointed suites will tempt you to stay tucked in. But venture downstairs for an anti-jet-lag massage at the spa and something rummy at Artesian, the David Collins-designed bar that’s a haunt of Madonna’s.
Thrill: Hop aboard the London Eye (londoneye.com), a 135-meter-high observation wheel, for a breathtaking view over the city skyline. Arrange to have a hamper of champagne and hors d’oeuvres waiting when you arrive; clink to a view of Big Ben as the sun slips below the horizon. For a more Bond-like tour of the Thames, whip around in a London RIB Voyages speedboat (londonribvoyages.com).
Shop: Dover Street Market (17-18 Dover Street, 7518-0680, doverstreetmarket.com) is a fabulous mix of cutting-edge designers sprawled throughout a six-floor warehouse. You’ll find the colorful new collection from Comme des Garçons (whose founder helped launch the Market), gorgeous gold rings by Very Lustre, and the exquisite outrageousness of John Galliano. Our guide to the haute stuff was Rachel Meddowes, a Harper’s Bazaar UK editor who offers high-end personal shopping (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tour: Food critic Sudi Pigott (sudi-better-foodie.com) plans small gastronomic tours of Marylebone, a darling town in the West End dotted with boutiques and cafés. Start with a tasting at La Fromagerie (2-4 Moxon Street, 7935-0341, lafromagerie.co.uk), pick up jams and chutneys at the Farmers’ Market (just off Marylebone High Street at the Cramer Street car park), then wander over to Rococo Chocolates (45 Marylebone High Street, 7352-7360, rococochocolates.com) to sample the lavender and rose-flavored bars. Buy several as gifts; eat them on the way home.
Eat: Be sure to try the ceviche at Gaucho Piccadilly (25 Swallow Street, 7734-4040, gauchorestaurants.com), a lounge-y Argentine steakhouse that sizzles with so much cool, from the all-black-and-white decor to the buttery-soft booths. Feeling strangely at home despite the members-only vibe? Philly’s own Douglas Rodriguez, of Alma de Cuba, created the menu.
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