Dorchester to open second London hotel in August

Exclusive hotel chain the Dorchester Collection has promised that its new London boutique property will open later this year, the latest in a series of new luxury hotels to hit the British capital. 45 Park Lane is set to officially open in September in London’s well-heeled Mayfair district, although the hotel would ‘soft’ open to … Continued

London tops ranking of destination cities

London will lead the world in terms of international tourist arrivals this year, according to new research released June 1 by MasterCard. The new index of Global Destination Cities predicts London will receive 20.1 million inbound passengers in 2011, slightly more than Paris’s 18.1 million. Bangkok is expected to welcome the third-highest number of visitors, … Continued

London’s sightseeing boats get pre-Olympic upgrade

A London tour guide company has revealed plans to build the city’s largest sightseeing boat ahead of the 2012 Olympics. City Cruises, which runs river sightseeing tours in the British, said May 27 that it would launch its new 600-passenger vessel on the River Thames by Spring 2012, describing it as a “next generation leisure … Continued

Royal for a day: London’s luxury hotels cash in

In a bid to stand out among the host of deals marking Prince William’s wedding, London’s luxury hotels are offering guests the chance to live like a royal for a night. A red carpet and champagne reception awaits customers buying the “royal opulence” package at the Hyatt Regency London, which includes four nights in the … Continued

Ukrainian tycoon buys Britain’s costliest apartment

Ukraine’s richest man has set a record for property in Britain, spending $213 million on two London flats. The flats cover 2,323 square metres across three floors of a luxury development overlooking Hyde Park, and have been bought by Rinat Akhmetov. The oligarch plans to combine them to make a penthouse, including a further $93.6 … Continued

Luxury hotel market continues to boom in London

This week has seen the opening of two London luxury properties, proving that the high-end hotel boom in Britain’s capital is still well underway. On March 14 Marriott opened the St Pancras Renaissance hotel, which has been completely restored to its 19th century glory thanks to a five-year, £200m renovation. The five-star hotel is situated … Continued

World’s most expensive painting on show in London

Pablo Picasso’s “Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur”, the world’s most expensive painting, was to go on display Monday for the first time at London’s Tate Modern museum. The 1932 painting set a world record when it was snapped up by a mystery bidder for 106.5 million dollars at New York’s Christie’s auction house last May. … Continued

Cora Sun Drop Diamond On Display

London’s Natural History Museum is currently hosting the most stunning yellow diamond in the world – the Cora Sun-Drop. At 110-carats, the Cora Sun-Drop is roughly the size of a woman’s thumb and is largest vivid yellow pear-shaped diamond known in the world. It has been lent to the museum by leading US diamond manufacturer … Continued

Westwood Teams Up With Chivas Regal

British luxury brands Chivas Regal and Vivienne Westwood have announced a new collaboration at London Fashion Week – the limited edition Chivas Regal 18 Year Old by Vivienne Westwood. Vivienne Westwood’s creation for Chivas Regal clearly illustrates Westwood’s unparalleled reputation for design excellence and pattern cutting know how. With the current design of the Union … Continued

Christian Louboutin Mount Street Window

Designers Studio XAG have created a window installation in London for fashion designer Christian Louboutin, spelling out the brand name in bright neon lettering. The window is furnished with a neon arrow and an array of backlit oversized perspex letters decorated with bulbs.

W Hotels debuts on London’s Leicester Square

W Hotels opened its 40th hotel and new flagship in London February 14, bringing the brand’s design-led luxury to the colorful streets of Soho. The 192-room property stands ten stories tall above the city’s famous Leicester Square and is covered in translucent glass which changes color according to the time of day and the ambience … Continued

Pop-Up hotel to open on London rooftop

Thanks to A Room for London design contest, the city’s visitors will be able to stay at a temporary one-bedroom apartment on the roof of the Southbank Centre. The winning design is a draft by London-based David Kohn Architects and the artist Fiona Banner of a ‘houseboat’ on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Commissioned … Continued

100 Rolls-Royces Drive Through London

A parade of 100 modern and vintage Rolls-Royce cars made their way through central London on Sunday. It is a significant milestone in the 107-year history of Rolls-Royce marking 100 years to the day since the Spirit of Ecstasy design was first registered as a trademark. Since then the graceful flying lady has adorned the … Continued

One Hyde Park officially opens in London

The world’s most expensive residential apartments at One Hyde Park have been officially unveiled yesterday in London. Around 350 guests were shown the apartments which reportedly start a £6.5m for one bedroom and go up to £140m for a penthouse. Prices average £6,000 a square foot, and are reportedly the highest ever paid for residential … Continued

Warhol portraits of Charles and Diana go on sale

Two matching portraits of princess Diana and Prince Charles by pop art icon Andy Warhol have gone on display for the first time since 1982, ahead of being sold. The paintings show Charles in naval attire against a blue background. His first wife Diana wears a formal dress and is pictured against a pink background. … Continued

Gauguin work expected to fetch £10 mn in London

A painting of sunflowers and a nude by French artist Paul Gauguin is expected to fetch up to 10 million pounds at auction next month, Christie’s said Friday. Gauguin’s Nature morte à l’Esperance, a still life painted in 1901 when he was living in Tahiti, will be the star lot of a sale of impressionist … Continued

Britain’s most expensive properties revealed

The most expensive streets in Britain can be found in South West London where the average price of a property is over five million pounds. Parkside in Merton, just a short walk from Wimbledon’s All England Tennis Club, is named the most expensive residential street with an average price of £5,058,000. More than half of … Continued

Mulberry’s new flagship in London

The luxury UK brand Mulberry has moved its flagship boutique to 50 New Bond Street, only a few doors down from its previous address. The new retail space reflects the brand’s ethical and ecological concerns features a loft-like warehouse vibe with vast open space and a bevy of freestanding fixtures. The new 5,400-foot (501-square-meter) boutique … Continued