A Little London Luxury – Refined Short Break Ideas For The Discerning Traveller

Cartier jewellers in London's New Bond Street.

There is so much to do in London, all sorts in fact. That what makes is a cracking destination for a short break. But short breaks can be tiring, can’t they? All that rushing about taking in the sites and what not. You can be exhausted when you get back to your hotel at night. That is why it’s important to be discerning and choose your activities and accommodation wisely. Yes, you want some excitement, but you also need a recharge your batteries in luxury too.

Cheese and Wine

What is more, refined than a delicious glass of red and some aged cheese? Well, if that is your tipple then you are in luck. There are plenty of establishment though the fair city of London that offer such delights like Bedals of Borough.

Or if you rather pick your own cheese why not head to a shop like Neil’s Yard and stock up for a picnic instead?

Of course that are plenty of places offering other light bites as well, such as delicious Spanish tapas. Try Barrafina, Soho or Morro in Convent Garden, and don’t forget to treat yourself to a glass of sherry. As this is the traditional accompaniment to tapas.


If all that eating tires you out, you’re probably ready to take some me time and head to a spa.

Whether you while away the hours reading your favourite book by the pool. Or get a massage or a hot stone treatment, a trip to the spa can replenish your energy and get you revitalised for the rest of your stay.

Some of the most famous spas in the world are in London including ESPA Life. Which has a decidedly modern and stylish theme. Or what about the Spa Illuminata with its traditional Turkish style steam room?


When deciding where to stay on a London luxury break, you really are spoilt for choice. As one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe, the standard of hotels is high, to say the least.

If you are looking for something in the five-star range, then try places like The Four Seasons or Claridges.

Some people prefer to stay further out to avoid the hustle and bustle, but want to be within easy travelling distance to central London.  If that is the case for you, then somewhere like Dorsett Hotels Shepherds Bush is worth a look too.

Afternoon Tea

No short break to London would be complete without experiencing that most English of all meals, afternoon tea. It is possible to take afternoon tea in many of the better hotels in London, so it is worth enquiring at your accommodation. Sometimes even spas packages include it as well.


You’ll find each place has its own spin on the traditional three courses of sandwiches, scones and cakes. Some use Asian inspired ingredients, while others include hot food selections as well as cold.

If you are looking for an extra special treat then why not book a space at the Ritz, and Fortnum and Masons? But be warned the get booked up months in advance so it’s best to check their websites before you go, rather than relying on there to be a table.