London is often associated with classiness. With the English often being stereotyped as being very posh, London can make you feel differently. However, there are exceptions to London’s informal atmosphere. If you’d like to live the high life in London you won’t be disappointed with the range of options available to you.
England is well known for its speciality beverage. The great British tea (actually imported from India) is famous across the world and tea doesn’t get any better than in the capital city. There are countless cafes and bars that serve the beverage but none as classy as Fortnum and Masons. The Diamond Jubilee Tea Room was opened by the Queen on, you gessed it, her diamond Jubilee. Fortnum and Masons itself is known for being one of the best high end department stores in Europe and is over 300 years old. With it being founded as a grocery store, it’s no surprise that today you can get some of the best finger sandwiches known to man alongside your afternoon tea. Cakes and scones are also available and allow you to dine in luxury.
Seymour’s Parlour located in The Zetter Townhouse in Marylebone is another great option for afternoon tea. With a selection of cocktails on offer, you can have a boozy lunch in this intimate and hushed atmosphere. When Seymour’s parlour promises afternoon tea, we also mean an afternoon “tea flavoured cocktail”.
Bea’s of Bloomsbury is a twee little tea house with a great selection of cakes and scones. Slightly more casual than the last two on this list, Bea’s offers a satisfying amount of baked delicacies on offer. Fruity marshmallows, mushy mini meringues and a several types of brownies which ooze the likes of peanut butter are just some of the baked goods on offer here.
Dinner in the Shard
The Shard offers a variety of high end dining experiences with a stunning view of London’s skyline. The creator of the Shard had a vision of creating a vertical city which incorporated offices, hotels, apartments and restaurants and forty five years later, the vision has come to life in the form of this magnificent skyscraper piercing the heavens. The restaurants here also offer spectacular views of the cityscape on top of their diverse menus.
The Oblix aims to recreate the aesthetics of New York in a restaurant where the dress code is smart and stylish. If it’s a great view from the 32nd floor you’re after alongside a great menu then look no further than the Oblix. The kitchen comprises of a wood fired oven, charcoal grill and spit roast.
On the 33rd floor of the Shard rests the Hutang dining rooms. This Chinese restaurant takes inspiration both in food and aesthetics from the Imperial Palaces of Peking with a menu of Northern Chinese cuisine. There is also a cocktail selection inspired by Chinese Herbal Medicine.
The Aqua Shard is located on the 31st floor and has a three story high atrium bar and a menu serving local and freshly prepared produce.