I was recently contacted by VanDutch to write a post on luxury lifestyle and what my idea of luxury was. I originally started dreaming away about my night at #BubblesBathBar on Wednesday with rugby players and champagne, shopping in New York and cocktails on the beach. Although, all this was making me very tempted to drain my bank account and jet off somewhere, being this close to Christmas it’s probably not a great idea. So I thought, what luxury treats can I do in London without having to bankrupt myself for the month;
1. Go for a glass of champagne at Bob Bob Ricards.
Bob Bob Ricards is most famous for it’s “Press for Champagne” button that adorns every table in the three dinning rooms. While the impressive food menu may be more of a special treat, the house champagne starts at £13.50 which is really reasonable, especially with such instagramable surroundings.
2. Pick up lunch at Harrods.
You don’t have to spend £15.00 on a small plate and another £7.00 on a coffee to enjoy lunch from Harrods. Have a wonder around the shop and then treat yourself to some of the lovely sushi, thai food or one of the sandwiches from the food hall. If you’re feeling extra naughty, a slice of cake too. These come to about £5.95 a time, which is only a little more than places like Pret and hey after a busy morning of window shopping, you’ve earned it.
3. Have afternoon tea at Sketch.
With the quirky crockery, the famous toilets and Michelin star food, having afternoon tea at Sketch is one that’s hard to beat. At £39.00 per person, it’s not exactly the cheapest of its kind in the city but it is a wonderful experience. If you’re not quite fancying the whole afternoon tea thing, they also do a fabulous brunch and a wide range of cakes that you can just drop in and try. Do make sure you check out the weird and wonderful art though, it’s worth the trip alone.
4. Pay a trip to the Duck and Waffle.
The Duck and Waffle is located on the 40th floor making it the UK’s highest restaurant. It’s also open pretty much 24/7, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and an impressive cocktail and bar snack menu. The views are amazing and the best bit? It’s free to go up although booking is advised if you’re eating and cocktails are at around £14.00 each which to enjoy in such surroundings is well worth the trip.
5. Buy fresh flowers from Columbia Road.
The flower market at Columbia Road is well worth getting up early for on a Sunday morning, and there’s not many things you can say that about. The flowers are super fresh, the smell when you’re browsing is divine and there are some cute cafes and vintage stores around to boot. While they may be a little more pricey than nipping down to the local supermarket for a bunch, the experience of feeling like a “real Londoner” is so worth it.
6. Book a trip to the Sky Garden.
The Sky Garden is another one from the list that’s free, although you do need to book in advance. The garden is host to a two restaurants, a bar and of course lots of plants with a view. So although this is free, you may well end up treating yourself to a drink or something to eat while you soak up the surroundings.
7. Last minute theatre show.
Theatre tickets, particularly at peak times can get pretty pricey. However, sites like Lastminute.com offer tickets for weekday evenings and Saturday matinees starting from £15.00. While these may not be top seats, there are ones around the £35.00 mark that offer some better views while still having a heavy discount. I picked up tickets for The Commitments for me and my parents for a Christmas treat for £37.00 each which were at the front row of the grand circle, the catch? I booked them about 3 days before we went.
8. Check out the views from The Shard.
While The View from The Shard may offer the best views in London tickets are £30.00 inc a glass of champagne at the top, other parts of The Shard offer an equally magic experience. For example, Aqua Shard has a three course brunch with panoramic views of London for £34.00. While this may be a very luxurious treat, for three courses it offers better value than some of the cities other luxury eateries.
What’s your favourite luxury treat?