In 2013, it was reported that London was home to more than 280,000 millionaires. Situated right behind Tokyo and New York City for that distinction, London is one of the most popular cities for wealthy residents and visitors.

London’s wealth and history has helped it become one of the most luxurious spots in the world. From swanky hotels that have housed royalty to 5-star dining fit for a film star, London has everything a traveler looking for luxury could want.

Hotels

The Ritz London is an icon of the city, and its very name exudes luxury when it is spoken. The hotel’s exterior is less English and more American, which adds to the Ritz’s charm. The opulently decorated rooms offer guests with comfort around every corner. The hotel’s famous “Tea at the Ritz” takes place in the Palm Court. Guests must be in proper attire to attend, or will be asked nicely to leave.

The Goring is another one of London’s most luxurious hotels. The inside of this posh hotel is all mahogany and brown leather. It is the pinnacle of English hotels, and is famous for being the base for the Middleton family on the weekend Kate married Prince William.

While the Ritz and The Goring are old-school English posh, the Mondrian at Sea Containers is more new money. Featuring a cinema, rooftop bar, restaurant and 359 rooms and suites, this former office block turned modern, chic hotel will please anyone looking for a great night out.

Dining

London has a variety of great foods to tuck into. Whether its Indian inspired meals or French fusion treats, there is something for everyone in The Big Smoke.

Amaya is one of London’s many Michelin starred restaurants, and it specializes in Indian tapas. The restaurant has a cocktail bar with drinks specialists who can make anything your heart desires.

Located in the Lanesborough Hotel, visitors to London will find the Celeste. This more recently opened restaurant is elegantly decorated with three large chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Chef Eric Frechon and his protégé, Chef Florian Favario, have crafted a menu featuring French inspired cuisine with a contemporary taste.

A Luxury Night Out

Cap off a luxurious night out in London with tickets to a West End musical. The area is filled with stage shows of varying quality and production, and there is never a shortage of musicals to take in. Bars and restaurants are also plentiful in the West End, so visitors can dine and drink before or after the show.

Visitors wanting to experience the charm of a historic steam engine train, and the service provided by staff from a bygone era, can hop aboard on a night out. Guests are waited on hand and foot as the steam engine chugs along through the English countryside. It’s a great way to dine and see a part of England that visitors may not get to enjoy otherwise.

One of the cool new places to head for a night out is Black Rock. There, guests can indulge in whiskey in the venue’s minimalist setting. The Black Rock boasts over 250 bottles of whiskey in its Whiskey Library. The centerpiece of the Black Rock is the 185-year-old oak tree that has been converted into a whiskey ageing container.

A night out in London can be anything you make it. From swanky hotels with history to new, upscale drinking establishments, London is the capital of luxury in Europe.

By Drew Farmer

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