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Plan An OTT Honeymoon In London

  |  By Alison McGill

London is one of those addictive destinations. There’s never a lack of things to do in this electric city, you could literally spend weeks here exploring all it’s colourful neighbourhoods. It makes for the perfect honeymoon spot as it has something for everyone: history, royalty, art, world class shopping and dining as well as some of the most luxurious and renown hotels in the world. Here's our hit list of to-dos to enjoy a perfectly posh London honeymoon.

Visit Kensington Palace With all the excitement of the recent royal wedding, Kensington Palace is a must-visit. The childhood home of William and Harry and the royal residence of the Cambridges and the Sussexes is currently hosting Diana: Her Fashion Story, an incredible exhibition of Princess Diana’s dresses, where you can see many of her iconic outfits including the midnight blue velvet dress by designer Victor Edelstein that she twirled across the White House floor in in 1985 with John Travolta. While here stop by the palace’s famous Sunken Garden, a favourite spot of Diana’s and also the very place where Meghan and Harry had their engagement photo call.

One of Princess Diana's famous dresses. Photo by Alison McGill.

Kensington Palace's Sunken Garden. Photo by Alison McGill.

Enjoy a Sweet Sleep in Kensington In the Kensington neighbourhood across just across from the palace is one of London's most charming boutique hotels, The Milestone. Feeling more like a luxury home than a hotel, The Milestone has just 43 rooms and 13 suites, all individually decorated with luxe fabrics, antiques and bespoke art—every room here is romantic and quintessentially British. A favourite is the Meghan Suite, a modern, elegant room named after the new Duchess of Sussex. Not to be missed at The Milestone is the afternoon tea renown as one of the best in London. Enjoy tea in the cozy comforts of the hotel's beautiful Park Lounge then sign on for the brilliant Tea Academy experience where a tea sommelier is part of your tea service, educating you on the finer points of making a perfect cuppa. Your two-hour tea service will include a sample of six tea flavours specially selected to complement the delicious array of tea sammies, scones, Devonshire cream and homemade preserves and sweets.

Photos courtesy of The Milestone.

Treat Yourself to a Luxury Facial Glowing skin is a newlywed must and so is a spot of spa pampering. We found the best place in the city to enjoy such a luxury: Dermalogica Duke of York Square. The open and airy space is the flagship location for our favourite skin brand and is situated in Chelsea, one of the chicest areas of London (be warned the neighbourhood shopping here is amazing!) Sign on for a personalized skin treatment where you'll be whisked into a perfectly Zen space where your skin will be cleansed, massaged, masked and moisturized to perfection accordingly to your individual needs. This experience is truly a little piece of heaven.

Photo courtesy of Dermalogica

Dine at Sketch This is one of London's buzziest and most Instagrammable restos. Famous for its chic art deco dining room that is a total millennial pink dream, Sketch opened in 2002 but remains one of the hottest tickets in town because of its inspired menu and incredible decor. There are five dining rooms to chose from with the most famous one being The Gallery, which features an incredible array of ever-changing sketch art by British artist David Shrigley. Afternoon tea with a twist is also a specialty at Sketch. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Photo courtesy of Sketch.

Book a Suite at The Savoy A few nights at The Savoy, one of London’s most iconic hotels is something you'll remember for a lifetime. Situated in the Strand neighbourhood on the north bank of the River Thames and close to theatres and Covenant Garden, the property boasts a rich history—it was opened in 1889, was a favourite stay of Claude Monet, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire—and is famous for its art deco and English Edwardian design as well as its unprecedented luxury. The hotel has 267 rooms and suites and for the plushest stay book a junior suite with a sweeping view of the Thames. Other musts while in house include drinks at the legendary American Bar, a traditional roast dinner at Simpson’s in the Strand, and daily English breakfast in the Thames Foyer, a breathtaking room complete with a stunning glass gazebo that’s the perfect spot to while away your time at the incredible Savoy.

Photos courtesy of The Savoy.

This article was originally published on Jul 13, 2018

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