It’s true, when you take a trip to London you’d be wise to pack your umbrella. London, like the UK in general, is well-known for its less than perfect weather. Although having said that if you are travelling from the north, Manchester for example, your visit to London is filled with optimistic expectations of better weather. London might be a tad notorious for rain and chilly weather but we have to admit it all adds to the character of England and its reputation for uniqueness.
London has got a long-established and justifiable label for, unlike many of its European capital counterparts, not baking under the sun. It has to be said that this can be welcoming and refreshing during the summer months when the likes of Madrid, Athens and Seville are almost too hot to enjoy.
London – a global epicentre for fashion
The British capital might not be synonymous with great weather but it is synonymous with a thriving fashion scene, which is one of the best in the world. From Swinging London in the sixties to Cool Bitpop of the nineties, London has always been the centre of thriving fashion scenes. You don’t have to walk down a London street for long until you see a visual icon that captures London’s lively fashion spirit.
So what have one of the capital’s less desirable traits and one of its most celebratory assets got in common? Well we would have said absolutely nothing expect perhaps that the rain might compel people to enter a store to get dry and spend some time shopping.
The American singer and TV personality Nicole Scherzinger believes London’s bad weather and enviable fashion status have more in common than meets the eye. Nicole states that the British capital is a top place for fashion because of the bad weather.
Chelsea is synonymous with affluence, style, fashion and sophistication. Much of the desirable connotations of this chic West London suburb stem from its exquisite range of shops. From arty upcycled items to cool vintage fashion, designer ties to quirky curios, if you’re looking for a unique keepsake of your trip to London, look no further than Chelsea. Here’s the best boutiques in Chelsea.
Lulu Guinness, 3 Ellis Street
If you’re into handbags then you simply can’t leave London without visiting Lulu Guinness. From bags embellished with tiny beads and flowers, to bags that are so unusual they look more like work a of art, this fantastically arty boutique sells handbags guaranteed to turn heads for every occasion.
Rough Trade West, 130 Talbot Road
If your quest to locate a super rare record has been unsuccessful so far then it’s very possible that you might find what you’re looking for in Chelsea’s Rough Trade West. Known for its exceptional collection of rare music, Rough Trade is the place to head to if you’re looking for music that’s certainly not deemed as mainstream. Although be warned, the row upon row of LPs of almost every genre and artist stretching back decades, it’s quite possible to spend hours browsing through Rough Trades’ collections.
Baker & Spice, 47 Denyer Street
All this shopping for handbags and ultra-rare LPs is hungry work and to get a true taste of affluent Chelsea make your way to Baker & Spice on Denyer Street. So renowned has this highly expensive bakery become for creating some of the best bread and pastry in London that it is regularly used by many of the capital’s best chefs.
The Royal borough of Chelsea offers so much, and we are pleased to announce our new ‘Explore Chelsea’ package.
So what is there to see in Chelsea?
Apart from the obvious shopping delights on the Kings Road, there is a simply wonderful garden centre, named in a “top 5 garden centres in the world” list recently. Rassells is a little treasure. Go past the shopfront and explore an entire Georgian Square filled with plants and flowers.
London markets are a huge tradition and you need to explore both Portabello and the less tourist-led Golbourne Road market, complete with some really good examples of exactly how to do ‘street food’.
Chelsea was developed as a location for museums devoted to science and the arts, meaning there is lots on offer. The Natural History museum, The Science museum and the V&A are all close to the Wyndham Grand hotel.
For theatre’s, again Chelsea is spoilt for choice. Chelsea Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Finborough Theatre and Barons Court Theatre are some to check out, but to cap all of these, the NY Times called The Royal Court Theatre “the most important theatre in Europe”.
London is full of green spaces and two notables in Chelsea include Holland with its Kyoto Garden, peacocks, black rabbits and ecology centre. Little Wormwood Scrubs in North Kensington has a great adventure playground.
Another garden that needs to be explored is Kensington Gardens, with the very special (over 900 years old) Elfin Oak. Ivor Innes was responsible for carving tiny magical figures on the oak between 1928 – 1930.
These are just some of the attractions of Chelsea, with so much to do you will need a relaxing base where you can rest, dine and be pampered, and that’s why we are offering the following ‘Explore Chelsea’ package;
· One nights accommodation in a suite
· Breakfast for two the following morning in Chelsea Riverside Brasserie
· Drop off to Sloane Square by the hotel car
· Traditional Afternoon Tea for two in The Harbour Bar
· 1 x 30 minute Express Treatment
From £374 in VAT. T&Cs apply.
To book call (0)207 300 5098 or email email@example.com and quote ‘explore Chelsea package’
Along with Carnaby Street, London’s Kings Road is probably the most famous shopping street in the United Kingdom. This upmarket district is all but guaranteed to have something for you, even if you don’t happen to be flush with sterling, you could give wardrobe a complete makeover.
You would leave the Kings Road area after a substantial shop and really look forward to trying it all on in front of a mirror before you head out into the bright lights of London to show it all off!
Starting at Sloane Square, the curved façade of Peter Jones Department Store marks the beginning of Kings Road. The further away from Sloane Square that you walk, smaller, independent clothes and shoe shops begin to appear, perfect for those seeking quirky and individual clothing.
Fat Face, Muse, Jig-saw, Pinko, Harvest, East and Jo Malone are just a handful of the shops, which can be found in this extraordinary shoppers’ paradise. Of course adjoining streets, such as Sloane Avenue, Sydney Street and Symons Street, also fall under the Kings Road shopping area.
Amidst the many newer and independent stores in the Kings Road area, many of the old and well-established nationwide favourites can also be found here, including M&S, Holland and Barrett, Bang and Olufsen and Café Nero, to name just a few.
London in the late spring/early summer is simply teeming with exclusive and prestigious sporting events and none so more than Polo in the Park. Taking place at the thoroughly elite Hurlingham Club between the 7th and 9th of June, this traditional English event has been providing a fantastic family day out for more than a century.
Polo in the Park 2013 will have bars providing direct views of the action on the field, with numerous fresh food outlets serving up delicious cuisine and with a Luxury Shopping Village, there is much more to Polo in the Park than simply sitting down to watch world-class polo players skilfully control a ball through the thundering hooves of the world’s finest polo horses, in what is one of London’s most dazzling sporting events.
Similar to Wimbledon, the champagne flows at Polo in the Park and none so more than on the Saturday, which is Ladies day – The ‘Social Event of the Summer.’
This exclusive event is spent sipping the finest champagne in the new and utterly stylish Pommery Garden. Or if champagne doesn’t tickle your fancy, treating yourself to some thoroughly unique cocktails from the Mahiki Bar may be more up your street
Sunday June 9 is Finals Day, in which visitors should gear themselves up for an action-packed day. For younger guests there is a multitude of fun games to participate in so mum and dad can relax and enjoy the action of the finals unfold on the field.
If you are looking to continue the theme of luxury, exquisiteness and family-friendliness throughout the whole of your Polo in the Park 2013 experience, then staying at the exclusive Wyndham Grand Hotel will certainly be in-keeping with the whole event.