Europe - United Kingdom and Ireland

ENGLAND Coworth Park ASCOT With its swan-shaped table bases... MORE FRANCE Cap Estel EZE Near Monaco on the Côte d’Azur, this 114-year-old seaside mansion on five palm-fringed acres offers 28...
Tense flights, knotty security lines, nagging electronic devices: By the time travelers arrive at a destination, they are less in need of pampering than they are desperate for an antidote to travel...
For its 100-year anniversary, Kempinski’s Stafford London hotel has created an over-the-top offer to spend three nights in its duplex or penthouse suite and discover the best Great Britain has to...
The Metropolitan London’s new spa, the Como Shambhala Urban Escape , delivers a multitude of indulgent and therapeutic options—from traditional Eastern remedies to cutting-edge treatments. It has six...
The GIFT One of 21 numbered Royal Salute Tribute to Honour decanters encrusted with gold, silver, and diamonds. A matching pair of goblets in silver, gold, and diamonds, made exclusively for the...
Did you ever wish for a racecar bed as a kid? Taj Suites and Residences’ 51 Buckingham Gate in London is indulging adult auto enthusiasts with a more mature, luxurious version of their childhood digs...
London’s 45 Park Lane, home of the Playboy Club casino during the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, has been recast as the Dorchester Collection’s newest five-star haunt. Overlooking Hyde Park and the grande...
For most amateur golfers, putter customization used to involve only the minute adjustments that some manufacturers make to the length and lie of their off-the-shelf models. However, London-based...
Espa opened an expansive flagship spa, more than 37,000 square feet on four levels, in London’s Corinthia Hotel. The Espa Life at Corinthia will likely become a destination for both visitors and...
First opened in 1885—and having sat vacant since 2004—the former Metropole Hotel reemerged in May as the Corinthia Hotel London after a dazzling $495 million renovation. This significant sum included...
Kempinski’s Stafford London at St. James’s Place opened its doors in early May after a more than $10 million renovation. Twenty-four of its 105 guestrooms and suites, along with the Stafford’s Main...
The owners and management at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane ( +44.20.7499.0888, www.fourseasons.com ) had planned to tear down and replace their four-decade-old property. They eventually...
Great Britain does not suffer from a shortage of elegant country house hotels. Even so, Coworth Park (+44. 1344.876.600, www.coworthpark.com ) , fromthe London-based Dor­chester Collection,is a...
While many vacation homes offer golf course views, few look out over the game’s seminal playground: the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. Next summer, however, a handful of individuals will be...
Ballyfin Demesne, a 600-acre estate 90 minutes by car from Dublin, features a Regency-style main home designed by father-son architects Sir Richard Morrison and William Vitruvius Morrison in the 19th...
In 1970, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts founder Isadore Sharp opened his first property in Europe, the 227-room Inn on the Park in London. Later renamed Four Seasons London, the modern tower offered...
On select dates from April 9 through October 22, Orient-Express and the National Gallery, London will team up to offer unique excursions titled The Art of Travel . Thirteen different three- to seven-...
< Back to Concierges' Guide to London SIMON THOMAS (ST) BROWN'S HOTEL LONDON Walk in the door of London’s oldest hotel and go straight back under the staircase, and head concierge Simon Thomas...
< Back to Concierges' Guide to London ALFIES ANTIQUE MARKET "Famous throughout the years" for being "really good fun," this converted warehouse on Church Street draws "a collection of dealers all...
< Back to Concierges' Guide to London DAUNT BOOKS Of this bookshop’s six locations, the Marylebone High Street store is recommended for its "beautiful Edwardian interior." Offers a wide selection...
< Back to Concierges' Guide to London APSLEY HOUSE The former home of the Duke of Wellington (who famously defeated Napoleon in the 1815 Battle of Waterloo), Apsley House is a treasure trove of...
< Back to Concierges' Guide to London PRIVATE ACCESS NetJets Europe provides the most comprehensive private-jet services to and from London. While its most popular route is from New Jersey’s...
< Back to Concierges' Guide to London ALL ENGLISH LAWN TENNIS CLUB (WIMBLEDON) “You can play” at the world’s most famous tennis venue. “It’s not easy. It’s not something that’s advertised. But you...
Coworth Park, a new 240-acre retreat that opened as part of the Dorchester Collection in September, sits on the outskirts of the village of Ascot in the English countryside. The resort is just 10...
A travel company specializing in private guided adventures throughout the world has a new program specifically for sports fans. The Kensington Tours Championship Series ( www.kensingtontours.com/...
Most golf getaways in the British Isles focus on the famed courses of Scotland and Ireland. But Celtic cousin Wales has a long, storied history in golf, one that is embarking on an exciting new...
Daniel Boulud—the French-born chef who built his culinary career and restaurant empire in New York—this May opened Bar Boulud, London, at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel. The wine-themed modern...
The term country house hotel can conjure up images of crumbling Edwardian piles with drafty rooms, threadbare furnishings, and a culinary oeuvre that trades heavily on spotted dick and bangers and...
A decade after the end of the Troubles that divided Northern Ireland in two, the region’s stability has sparked a boom in tourism and tourist developments. Among the many signs of this prosperity and...
"It has been a little while since we last had the pleasure of your company at the Connaught," begins Anthony Lee, the hotel’s general manager, in a letter that he sent to past guests, "and I wanted...

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