If you want a somewhat different Christmas shopping experience this year, and crave shops that offer you more than the run of the mill, then head over to one of London’s most underrated shopping destinations – Chelsea. With big high street brands, designer stores and unique boutique shops, this is one area where you are sure to find that perfect gift.
In one of the most affluent areas of London, the Millennium Gloucester is a stylish hotel in a great location for both business or leisure travellers visiting the city. When I found the entrance to the hotel I was surprised to see what resembled an underground car park but as I walked towards the doors I was transported to a world of comfort and luxury. What struck me most about my stay was how exceptionally charming and polite all the staff were, from the moment I arrived at reception to the housekeeping staff I passed in the corridor, making my stay a much more intimate experience than you would expect from a hotel with over 600 rooms.
In an ideal location by the beach and close to the ferry terminal, this lovely hotel mixes modern comfort with Victorian elegance. It really was wonderful to wake up to a view of the sea, followed by a leisurely breakfast on the terrace, a walk on the beachand. There was even time for a relaxing massage, before I checked out to catch my ferry.
A day trip on the Orient Express’ sister train, The British Pullman, transports passengers to a golden age of travel where life is slower, gentler and more refined… Travel blogger, Suzanne Courtney shares her experience
of a ride on the British Pullman.