Claridge's New Lounge Caters to London's Elite Business Travelers

Jul 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Claridge's, a landmark hotel in Londonís posh Mayfair neighborhood whose devotees include Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss, Mick Jagger, Madonna and Victoria Beckham, has unveiled a luxurious new lounge.†Dubbed the Map Room, itís specifically intended to cater to elite business travelers looking for a retreat in which to read, relax, meet with clients, check on world markets or just be refreshed.... Read More

Umbrella Jousting, Tug of Hair & More at The Ninth Chap Olympiad Games

Jul 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Itís a sporting event unlike any other. Where else in the world can you find Bakewell Battles, Beach Vollybowler, Breadbasket Ball or Tug of Hair? Thatís right, this weekend The Chap Olympiad is back for another session of eccentric sporting panache, or as the organizers like to call it, ďa world-famous celebration of sporting ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases.Ē... Read More

Borrow a Cup of Sugar From Richard Branson: $30M London Mansion For Sale

Jul 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  1 Comment

A luxurious Victorian mansion in Londonís exclusive Holland Park, known for high-profile residents like Virgin billionaire Richard Branson, entertainment mogul Simon Cowell and actor Kenneth Branagh, has been listed for sale by Christieís International Real Estate affiliate Strutt & Parker for ?19.5 million (about $30 million).... Read More

Tasting Menu at Clos Maggiore, London's Most Romantic Restaurant

Jul 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Nestled in the heart of bustling Convent Garden, sits Clos Maggiore, being recently voted Londonís most 'romantic' restaurant by Harden's Guide 2013. In a capital city such as this, thatís not an easy accolade to scoop. Yes, there are plenty of luxurious eateries vying for visitorsí attention, proffering five-star gourmet cuisine, but the word romantic is subjective; one manís rose is anotherís tacky display of affection.... Read More

Find Summer Romance at These 5 Fabled Love Story Locations

Jul 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Our favorite romantic movies and novels have the ability to whisk us away to these magical lands where two people just canít bear to be without one another. You ask yourself "where in the world are these love-provoking locations and how do I get there?" Then you realize these places arenít so far away and mysterious after allóTom Hanks and Meg Ryan made sparks fly in New York City and Scarlett OíHara was fighting for her happy ending near Atlanta. Turns out these fabled affairs occur in places you are well aware of and might have visited before. And even though these stories are fictional, the romance that can be found in these cities is very real.... Read More

Spectators Style: Wimbledon Wins in White

Jul 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien  |  1 Comment

Now that weíre down to the final week of Wimbledon, the matches have become more enthralling than before. If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket and have another week of tennis and strawberries to look forward to, then you probably want to dress your best. So whether you go for the love of the sport or the love of Feliciano Lopez, here are just a few ideas for bringing a little Wimbledon into your wardrobe.... Read More

London's St. Ermin's Hotel Adds a New Twist to Afternoon Tea with Hendrick's Gin

Jul 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Combining quintessential British traditions in one, the St. Ermin's Hotel in London has created the Hendrick's G & T(ea), a twist on Afternoon Tea. Daily, guests can enjoy new cocktails featuring Hendrickís British Gin and the Marvelous Marteani.... Read More

10-Night Hampton Court Palace Festival: A Quintessential British Affair

Jun 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Of all the summer festivals, the Hampton Court Palace affair is arguably the most quintessentially British. Taking place in the majestic grounds of the stunning 17th Century Tudor castle on the outskirts of London, the 10-night affair from June 13Ė24 boasts a must-see list of top-class musicians from pop and blues to classical and opera. The open-air Tudor Base Court showcases the concerts, as it is already known for world-renowned artists gracing its stage. Prior to the shows, guests can dine on picnics and quaff Champagne in the beautiful East Front Gardens, which provide a great setting for a midsummer evening.... Read More

Downton Abbey-Inspired Package Takes You to Highclere Castle in the Crawley's Royce

Jun 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Americans have had a longtime fascination with British history and its posh culture. England's lush lands have produced some of the most well-known icons in music, literature, media and more. Crossing the Atlantic, names like The Beatles, Diana Princess of Wales, Doctor Who, William Shakespeare, David Beckham (we are sincerely grateful), and most recently, Downton Abbey, have all made their way into our homes.... Read More

15-Room Boutique Hotel One Leicester Street Opens in London

Jun 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

A new luxury hotel, boasting a cocktail bar and restaurant, has opened its doors in the heart of Londonís West End. One Leicester Street, in the popular Chinatown neighborhood, is the latest project from Singaporeís hotelier Loh Lik Peng and Chef Patron Tom Harris. The new hotel will join six boutique hotels and six restaurants located in Singapore, Shanghai, London and Sydney which will launch in 2014.... Read More

Historic Celebrity Haunt 3 Cromwell Road Reopens With Edgier Look

May 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

It was the first London venue in which Jimi Hendrix played a live performance and has regularly attracted A-list celebrities into its doors. Now, having been a casino and a private membersí venue since that time, 3 Cromwell Road is reopening its doors as a restaurant, bar and club for all.... Read More

Suite Dreams: Grosvenor House Hotel Unveils Nursery Fit For Royalty

May 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge await the arrival of their first baby, a prestigious London hotel unveils its luxury nursery suiteóone fit for royalty. Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel in Londonís West End has transformed one of its high-end Premium Park View Suites into a quintessential British nursery.... Read More

Gallivant Like Gatsby at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships

May 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Alexa Mangrum

According to F. Scott Fitzgerald, life begins in the summer. Though the famous author of The Great Gatsby was actually referring to the Long Island scene, it's easy to imagine him cavorting among high society during the Wimbledon Championships as well. For the annual event that could rival any West Egg party, head to London June 24-July 7 to the aptly named Gatsby Club and experience the annual prestigious sporting event, Wimbledon 2013.... Read More

Authentic Italian Fare at London's Quaint Trullo Restaurant

May 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Itís more like a quaint, family-run trattoria that, as a tourist, youíd stumble upon while meandering through the tiny cobbled streets in Italy; rather than a restaurant found on the busy St Paulís Road in Highbury, London. But thatís all part of Trulloís appeal.... Read More

Simple French Cuisine at Celebrity Chef Raymond Blanc's Brasserie Blanc

May 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

ďI feel as though weíre on a vintage train in France in the 30s,Ē my dining companion remarks as we walk into Brasserie Blanc on the South Bank of London. The branch is owned by renowned celebrity Chef Raymond Blanc and is incredibly different to his Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisonsóhis two Michelin-star restaurant in Oxfordshire.... Read More

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