DAY 1 – SATURDAY
Arrive into a London airport where one of our expert Blue Badge Guides will be waiting to welcome you.
The morning will be spent shopping at one of the most exclusives streets in London, Savile Row. Men will have a shirt made to measure at Henry Poole, oldest tailors in London. And ladies will be able to choose a hat at Philip Treacy, Kate Middleton’s and other celebrities’ favourite designer.
Henry Poole & Co is a gentleman’s bespoke tailor located at №15 Savile Row in London. The acknowledged ‘Founders of Savile Row‘ and creators of the Dinner Suit, the company has remained a family-run business since their establishment in 1806. They opened first in Brunswick Square, in 1806, originally specializing in military tailoring, with particular merit at the time of the Battle of Waterloo. Their business moved to Savile Row in 1846, following the death of founder James Poole.
Henry Poole ran the business until his death in 1876, and was succeeded by cousin Samuel Cundey, whose legacy continued, for five generations, to the present-day owners Angus Cundey and son Simon. In the two centuries, the tailors have enjoyed great success and endured extreme difficulties, but survive to this day as the typification of excellence in bespoke men’s tailoring. The company still holds many Royal Warrants, and services the Lord Chamberlain‘s office with court dress, with their livery department even creating uniforms for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. The company are also credited with the creation of the Dinner Suit.
The company makes regular visits to mainland Europe, the U.S. and other international locations, including Henry Poole outlets in Japan and now China. In 2006, the company celebrated their bicentennial with a refurbishment of their premises and 2007 saw a re-issue of a suiting material made famous by Winston Churchill, a Henry Poole customer who ordered his first suit 100 years ago
Born in Ahascragh,in the West of Ireland, he lived with his parents, seven brothers and sister across the road from the village church. He moved to Dublin in 1985 to study fashion at the National College of Art & Design, where he made hats “as a hobby” to go with outfits he designed. In 1988 he won a place on the MA fashion design course at the Royal College of Art in London, and in 1989 he took one of his hats to Michael Roberts, fashion editor of Tatler magazine, and his style editor, Isabella Blow.
In 1990 Treacy graduated from the Royal College of Art with first class honours and set up a workshop in the basement of Isabella and Detmar Blow’s house on Elizabeth Street, Belgravia. He has designed hats for Alexander McQueen‘s white Haute Couture collection at Givenchy in Paris, for Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, and for Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan. He was awarded the title of British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards on five occasions during the early 1990s. The late Isabella Blow, style editor of Tatler, helped Treacy launch himself as a well-known milliner and wore many of his hats.
He was awarded an honorary OBE for services to the British fashion industry by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony in Clarence House on 19 November 2007. He has designed hats for various films including some or all of the Harry Potter films as well Sarah Jessica Parker‘s hat for the film première of Sex and the City. 36 of Treacy’s hats were worn at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011, including the fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice of York.
After a morning of shopping, lunch will be served at the renowned Scott’s Restaurant, where clients will be able to enjoy the best fish and chips in town, or, choose from a wide selection of seafood.
Scott’s in Mount Street, Mayfair, is a seafood restaurant offering the finest oysters, fish and crustacea. Seasonal game, meat and vegetarian dishes also feature. The fish is responsibly caught from sustainable sources. Tables look on to the elegant oyster and Champagne bar with the full à la carte menu being served throughout the day from 12 noon. Come and enjoy a seafood feast at Scott’s!
After lunch, we will enjoy a relaxing tour with our guide of Mayfair and Belgravia, most exclusives areas in London, exploring wonderful properties and their history, beautiful gated squares with their pristine gardens and the delightful Mews’ hidden away.
We will then arrive at our hotel, 45 Park Lane, latest addition to the 5 star deluxe / boutique properties in London.
45 Park Lane
Strategically located in London’s exclusive Mayfair on Park Lane (between Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner), 45 Park Lane has been designed in a contemporary style with art deco influences by internationally acclaimed architect and designer Thierry W. Despont. Art features strongly throughout the hotel with 16 of Damien Hirst’s limited edition ‘Psalms’ series displayed together for the first time in Cut at 45 Park Lane, and original art by ten leading, living British artists in every guest room and suite.
With just 45 rooms and suites, as well a spectacular 1,830 square foot Penthouse Suite with wraparound terrace giving panoramic views across London, each guest bedroom has a view overlooking Hyde Park. Wolfgang Puck’s modern American steak restaurant CUT at 45 Park Lane offers outstanding steaks and a superb wine list in a relaxed and dynamic environment. Bar 45, a residents’ Library and a private Media Room is situated on a mezzanine level accessed via a striking central staircase leading from the lobby lounge.
Dinner on this night will be offered at Alain Ducasse’s Restaurant at the Dorchester, only 3 Michelin star restaurant which can accommodate groups of up to 30 people in a private room overlooking Hyde Park. Clients will be able to enjoy a fantastic tasting menu with wines to complement each dish.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
With the prestigious award of 3 Michelin stars, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is home to some of the finest contemporary French cuisine in all of London. Premium ingredients are paired with sublime presentation and elegance at The Dorchester, with private dining available for up to groups of 30 people. On fashionable Park Lane, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester London is effortlessly stylish, with superb dishes crafted with the utmost professionalism.
After dinner, return back to the hotel and maybe enjoy a nightcap at Bar 45 before retiring back to your room. Overnight accommodation at 45 Park Lane…
DAY 2 – SUNDAY
After breakfast, clients will check out from the hotel and will start the morning with a visit to Columbia Road Flower Market in the East End of London, on the edge of the city with Shoreditch to the west and Brick Lane and Spitalfields nearby.
Columbia Road Flower Market
On Sunday the street is transformed into oasis of foliage and flowers. Everything from bedding plants to 10 foot banana trees are up for grabs. The air is intense with the scent of flowers and the chant of the barrow boys “Everthin’ a fiver”? A lot of the flower sellers grow their own plants or import flowers from around the world.
It is one of the few streets in the country composed of sixty independent shops. Small art galleries sit next to cup cake shops, vintage clothes stores, English and Italian delis, garden and antique shops. There is also a wealth of great pubs, cafes and restaurants. The shops have a common thread, a love of the flower market and its history, and a refusal to be dictated to by a retail world where the sense of fun has all but gone.
After a fun morning exploring this wonderful market, lunch will be served at Bread Street Kitchen, one of Gordon Ramsay’s latest additions.
Bread St Kitchen
A lively and exciting restaurant and bar from the team at Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, Bread Street Kitchen is home to a relaxed dining experience set in a large warehouse style space drawing inspiration from the East London aesthetic that surrounds it.
After lunch, return transfer back to the airport… We hope you have enjoyed your trip!
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