Curating luxury for the discerning traveller



John Constable was so inspired by London that both Hampstead Heath and the opening of Waterloo Bridge were immortalised in his works. Nearly two centuries later, the city continues to inspire new generations of artists and delight those with an appreciation for their talents. As the largest open submission showcase of contemporary art in the world, the royal academy of art’s summer exhibition aptly demonstrates this fact and, coupled with blockbuster exhibitions at the city’s major galleries, has established London as a key destination for world-class art. Master Paintings Week and Master Drawings London provide a fantastic introduction to some of London’s top commercial galleries and dealers, with special exhibitions of mainly European paintings dating from the 15th to 19th centuries the Halcyon Gallery in Mayfair meanwhile is our pick for anyone looking to build a private collection. |

You only have to take a stroll along Bond street to witness London’s prowess as a style capital. All the major fashion houses are located here and, with a burgeoning collection of independent boutiques to explore, rummaging through the racks for the season’s must-haves has never been so pleasurable. The ultimate luxury, of course, is having someone do the hard work of outfit selection for you and personal style gurus such as Alex Longmore and Cheryl Konteh are among London’s nest advisers. Also worthy of note is Harrods’ stunning new personal shopping suite – the Penthouse. Part of Harrods’ exclusive By Appointment personal shopping service, this glamorous oasis of calm offers access to Harrods’ specialist team of experts in an area that houses adaptable private suites, a central lounge, private dining and an outdoor roof terrace.Plus, with the addition of the By Appointment Beyond service, tailor-made travel, property searches and personal consultations with renowned experts are all within easy reach. |

Mar 14th 2011

Our City Chic guide to St. James’s has already revealed the area to be home to some of London’s best cigar specialists. As it would be criminal to leave the capital without having sampled your purchases, we’re also keen to showcase places where you can indulge in a contemplative Montecristo or two. The nationwide smoking ban might have put the kibosh on London’s smoking lounges of old, but there are still places where the aroma of cigar smoke pervades the air. The Garden Room at The Lanesborough is consistently favoured by aficionados for its ambience, extensive menu of aged vintage Cubans and sought- after Cohiba Behike sticks and, more importantly perhaps, its resident cigar impresario Giuseppe Ruo. Able to provide advice on how best to pair your preferred tipple with a top smoke, Ruo is a legend amongst those in the know. With a walk-in humidor and private lockers for clients’ personal collections, the Garden Room is undoubtedly one of London’s most glamorous and sophisticated smoking spots.

Thanks to its perpetually busy roads, driving in London is a rather thankless task. Nevertheless, in the midst of this cacophony of traffic noise the purr of a V12 engine is often clearly audible. Car dealerships abound on Park Lane and exclusive clubs such as écurie25 exist to allow its members to hire a range of the world’s best wheels. Come June, however, true car connoisseurs can be seen making a beeline for the UK’s supercar event of the year – Salon Privé.With its garden party atmosphere and host of high profile guests, this three-day festival has a huge range of performance vehicles as well as rare and priceless classics on show. Among the highlights will be Maserati’s unveiling of its fastest, lightest and most powerful car to date – the GranTurismo MC Stradale – and a very special sale by RM Auctions - It’s a petrolhead’s dream.

If you fancy a tour of Scotland’s finest malts without having to go outside W1, Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop and Tasting Room is the venue for you. It specialises in cask strength single malt whiskies, often bottling one whisky at a time without filtration or dilution. As Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, it is something of a rare breed in London and, as you’d expect, there are hundreds of different varieties and vintages in stock. For those keen to while the night away with a wee dram or two, whisky bars don’t get much finer than Boisdale. With establishments in Belgravia, Bishopsgate and Canary Wharf, it is the Canary Wharf venue that houses a 12-metre long wall of liquid gold, with more than 1,000 bottles of malt whisky on show. Plus, with jazz and private dining available too, this is the perfect place to party. |


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