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Return to the cherished classic that is London for the most magical time of the year
s a travel destination, London is always on the agenda. Certainly, during the bustling fashion months, when you never have time to pause and appreciate. But now, we can’t think of a more nostalgic place to spend the festive season. With the street lights twinkling and the mesmerising window displays winking, the
scene is set for a magical Christmas break. The soothing ambience of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower set in the heart of Belgravia, overlooking Cadogan Place Gardens, is just the ticket. A stone’s throw from the retail temptations of Knightsbridge and Kings Road, as well as all the child-like indulgence of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, with designer boutiques at every turn, leafy enclaves and streets lined with stone faced Grade II listed buildings, a stay at this London hideaway ensures indulgence of the utmost. And while the hotel has a contemporary elegance about it, the roaring fire and a friendly – first-name – greeting at the door, makes you feel like you belong. We tried the afternoon tea, a thoroughly British affair with all the customary bells and whistles. Served in the hotel’s Chinoiserie Lounge, mini-turkey sandwiches, a tower of irresistible couture treats, a novelty cherry bavarois Christmas bauble, Laurent Perrier and a very knowledgeable Tea Sommelier on hand to guide you through the blends makes it well worth savouring.
You can’t be in London and not live out your wildest shopping fantasy – we’re talking double Julia Roberts’ efforts in Pretty Woman – and the hotel concierge offers complimentary pick-up from any Knightsbridge store, and a delivery service to your suite. Bliss. The hotel’s Peak Health Club and Spa is also on standby to retreat and recover. Thaw in the therapeutic 20-metre heated swimming pool, then check in at the spa. There’s something about lying in a darkened candle-lit room, surrounded by spa scents, being pampered, with nothing but a successful day’s purchases on your mind which epitomises self-indulgence. You can literally have every cobble-imprint of London’s streets massaged out of your weary feet, and then find you’re suitably rejuvenated through an invigorating facial. The Skeyndor Timeless Prodigy Facial has all the hydration and anti-ageing benefits of collagen masks and the opulence of white truffle extract, which we now know illuminates. The only thing left to do is drop onto the white linen cloud that serves as you’re bed, so you can dream up your next great British break-off. Superior rooms start from Dhs2,110 a night; Jumeirah.com
Regal living in the Royal Suite
The Spa Suite for decadent evenings Bed down in refineryin the Royal Sutie
Culinary festivities at Jumeirah Carlton Tower