In this iconic city, there are so many activities that even a repeat visitor will find something new to experience. And for those who think they have seen and done it all, the upcoming 2012 Olympics guarantee new explorations.
Day 1: Go East!
Kick off the day in Borough Market. Start at the Monmouth Coffee House and then have breakfast at the restaurant Roast, with views of the River Thames and St. Paul’s. www.boroughmarket.org.uk
Forman’s Fish Island makes the smoked salmon savored by British royalty. Its restaurant is the perfect place to hold a gala event. www.formansfishisland.com
Day 2: We Are Sailing…
Sample a fine English breakfast aboard a historic sailing barge with Topsail Cruises. Watch London come alive as you sail down the River Thames. www.topsailevents.co.uk
Stop at the Tower of London for a VIP tour of the crown jewels. Meet a Beefeater (tower guard) and hear chilling tales of the tower’s bloody past. Then visit the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and enjoy lunch at Swan at the Globe, complete with a Juliet balcony. www.hrp.org.uk
Watch the sun set over the city as you sip Champagne aboard the London Eye. A pre-dinner drink accompanied by breathtaking views of the London skyline is the perfect way to ease into an evening of a private tour of the National Gallery and dinner in its National Dining Rooms. www.londoneye.com
Day 3: Heritage Highlights
Travel in style to Kensington Palace aboard a double-decker bus, for breakfast in one of the stately rooms of the official royal residence of newlyweds Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. www.hrp.org.uk
Pick up a picnic hamper from Fortnum & Mason, known as the Queen’s grocer, and have lunch in Hyde Park. Then embark on an afternoon of pampering at the ESPA Life spa at the new, five-star Corinthia Hotel. www.corinthia.com
Indulge in afternoon tea at the world-famous Savoy, where guests have included
everyone from Winston Churchill to Marilyn Monroe. Top the day off with a backstage tour and cocktail reception after a performance of The Phantom of the Opera.