With the announcement that the UK has dropped the pre-departure testing requirement, as well as the need for a Day-Two PCR test (in exchange for lateral flow testing), London is once again a practical choice for vaccinated American travelers. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway filled with shopping, spa treatments and relaxation, the Carlton Tower Jumeirah in Knightsbridge might be the perfect place to book this winter.
Carlton Jumeirah Tower
The Jumeirah Group, known for its piercing properties in Dubai and luxury resorts across the world, recently spent more than $ 137 million to renovate its flagship European hotel, the Carlton Tower in London.
Design firm 1508 London not only respected the property’s original Modernist style, but also brought elements of the neighborhood’s luxury homes, such as curved edges, pops of color, and organic shapes. “We are delighted to welcome back our valued guests after a significant investment and complete hotel renovation, with new rooms, new restaurant offerings, spa and lobby entrance,” said Aaron Kaupp , Regional Vice President Northern Europe and General Manager of The Carlton Tour Jumeirah. “Once the renovations are complete, we are confident that the hotel will now rank among the best in the world, and we are delighted to re-establish ourselves as the must-see place in London.
Dinner at the Carlton Tower Jumeirah
You have a choice of two on-site restaurants: the Chinoiserie open all day and the signature gastronomic option, Al Mare. Savor a light lunch or a decadent afternoon tea at the Chinoiserie, then head to Al Mare for dinner, as Chef Marco Calenzo’s menu is packed with items you won’t want to miss. He draws on his experience in Michelin-starred restaurants to bring fresh and inventive Italian flavors to this upscale part of London. The essentials are the Tartare di Tonno (Tuna tartare with caviar) and the Filetto di Manzo.
What to do in Knightsbridge
With season 5 of The crown debuting later this year, it might be the time to visit the part of London that Princess Diana has made so famous. When she started making headlines across the globe, we all became mesmerized by her relaxed style and effortless charm, which is apparently common in the Sloane Ranger community. And while things have certainly changed since the 1980s, there is still a lot of chic to be done.
Sloane Street is full of upscale shops, cafes, and everything your average Londoner needs to eat. However, if you are lucky enough to stay at the Carlton Tower Jumeirah, the starting point must be the spa. The Carlton Tower’s spa, The Peak Fitness Club & Spa, spans three floors and was completely redesigned during the renovation. The Talise Spa offers a range of treatments, including the revitalizing Jumeirah massage.
Be sure to allow plenty of time to take full advantage of the spa’s other amenities, including the large swimming pool, which is lit with natural light from the expansive glass ceiling. And if you want to work out, the gym overlooks London, so you can soak up the views while doing the treadmill or spinning bike.
After your day of relaxation, the remainder of the trip should be spent exploring the beautiful area of Knightsbridge. The hotel is just steps from Harrods, Sloane Street, the Victoria and Albert Museum and more!