With all the shops slashing their prices after the Christmas period and the initial hustle and bustle of the January sales depleting, now is the time to go and grab yourself a bargain. I have already braved the sales, and for once I was pleasantly surprised at the great offers and the lack of rowdy hoards that are usually associated with the high street at this time of year.
For those of you who want to visit the capital and explore the stylish shops and boutiques, I can recommend some of the top London hotels for a city shopping spree.
If you’re partial to a bit of rustic chic, you will absolutely love The Crown at Amersham. This historic timber framed inn is overflowing with character features such as inglenook fireplaces, wooden floors and wooden beams. Being only a 45 minute tube journey from London, The Crown is the ideal place to return to after a day browsing the shops.
Situated in one of the most sought after areas of London, The Kensington is close to many of the city’s swanky stores, including Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the stylish Chelsea boutiques. Following a day emulating Pretty Woman, you can collapse with all your bags in one of the sophisticated guest rooms or head to the cocktail bar for a drink with friends.
If you appreciate Georgian architecture as much as shopping, The Bloomsbury in London will suit you down to the ground. You are also just a stone’s throw away from Covent Garden, famed for its vibrancy. Boutiques, restaurants and bars, and theatres will ensure there is plenty for you to see and do when staying at The Bloomsbury Hotel.
Dripping in glamour, this 5 star boutique hotel gives you easy access to the high end shops of Mayfair, Jermyn Street and Bond Street. If you fancy a night at the theatre after a strenuous day shopping, the West End is right on your doorstep. Alternatively, enjoy a spot of Michelin star dining at the hotel’s Seven Park Place.
Right in the centre of Knightsbridge, No. 11 Cadogan Gardens is a beautiful Victorian fronted building that oozes grandeur. Once home to Victorian aristocrats, the hotel is perfectly located for indulging in some retail therapy in the affluent area of Knightsbridge. On your return, put your feet up and enjoy afternoon tea.
Contemporary design mingles with traditional Georgian features at The Arch and its locality is ideal for visiting London’s main attractions such as The London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, as well as exploring the shops of Oxford Street and Mayfair.
You can expect the epitome of elegance when you stay at Egerton House, a tranquil retreat in the heart of Knightsbridge. This favourable area is in a prime location for hitting the impressive boutiques of Sloane Street, Brompton Road and the Kings Road. You can even bag yourself a personal shopper and a Bentley that comes with a private chauffeur to ensure you really shop in style.
This luxury boutique hotel in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea offers a 24 hour butler service, just what you need when you want to rest your legs after scouring the shops. With nothing being too much trouble, you can make the most of this exceptional hospitality.