UR BA N A L LUR E

Re­turn to the cher­ished clas­sic that is Lon­don for the most mag­i­cal time of the year

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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

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