21 Ultimate Gifts: Jolly Old London
Although connoisseurship usually must be nurtured over the course of years, if not decades, through encounters with the world’s finest items, Greg Jordan, Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” interior designer for 2004, will hasten the process during an enlightening tour of London’s antiques and furnishings shops. You and three guests (plus Jordan and three of his assistants) will depart on board a private jet from New York or Los Angeles for a five-day, four-night shopping excursion, during which you will stay at Claridge’s hotel. The itinerary will include private visits to the city’s best antiques galleries—Mallett, Partridge on Bond Street, and shops in and around Pimlico Road, Fulham Road, and the King’s Road—all of which will be closed to the public while you, your travel companions, and Jordan peruse their inventories.
In addition to antiques shopping, the trip will include tours of some of England’s most magnificent private gardens, with renowned landscape architect Mario Nievera serving as guide. Jordan will also arrange VIP tours of the Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery, and other London museums that capture your interest. Access to private clubs such as Harry’s and Annabel’s, tickets to shows in the West End, and reservations at restaurants such as the Wolseley, the Ivy, and Cipriani, can be arranged as well.
To commemorate the trip, Jordan will create, with British furniture designer David Linley, a piece of custom furniture for each of the four travelers. As an example, Jordan suggests an oversize marquetry partners desk inlaid with sycamore, ebony, amboyna, and tulip woods; accented with 24-karat white gold mounts; and inset with a monogrammed Hermès leather top. The desk could contain a hidden pop-up compartment for a computer monitor and also a concealed document safe.
Price: Starting at $1.8 million. Contact: Greg Jordan New York, 323.653.0526, 212.570.4470, firstname.lastname@example.org. This gift is limited to one Robb Report reader. Allow at least six months for delivery of the custom furniture items. The price includes travel to and from New York or Los Angeles.
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