Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Tower Bridge, Big Ben: London’s sights can easily fill several days of sightseeing. But where is the real action when night falls? Follow our tips to experience a perfect Royal night out in the world metropolis.
Our Royal night out starts in London’s Mayfair district. Hyde Park is off to the west, beckoning you to go for a walk or stroll and, in summer, for a swim in the Serpentine lake. The architecture in this district close to the city centre is very chic, as are the shops located there. This is why we will begin with a shopping tour of the most popular shops on exclusive Bond Street, followed by well-deserved cool refreshments.
Connaught Bar: sipping cocktails like royalty
The time may be right for a typically English afternoon tea, but we will end the afternoon in style with some cocktails. The Connaught Bar is located in the hotel of the same name. It serves a large selection of original cocktails from 11.00 a.m. The bar offers a successful mixture of traditional and innovative drinks – professionally mixed with attention to detail and refined with original ingredients. The highlights at the bar include the Connaught Martini, the Faraway Collins and the Fleurissimo, a tribute to Grace, Princess of Monaco.
If you would rather do without alcohol before dinner, try one of the non-alcoholic cocktails, such as the Pink Sand, the Carried on the Breeze or – a particularly exciting choice for us coffee-lovers – the Old Flame. The drinks are displayed on the poetically designed bar menu, divided into the four elements earth, water, wind and fire. You can order a cold or hot canapé or – for those with an exclusive taste – first-class caviar with your drink.
The Ledbury: a dinner for all your senses
Having fortified ourselves, and in good spirits, we will now proceed to dinner at the multiple-award-winning restaurant The Ledbury. It took 27th place on the 2017 list of the best restaurants in the world. In the same year, the restaurant earned its second Michelin star. The restaurant, not least, owes its fame to Chef Brett Graham, who has won numerous awards throughout his career. From the Connaught Bar, The Ledbury is just 15 minutes away by car. If you take the tube and walk a short distance, you will be there in half an hour. Tables should be reserved as early as possible. The restaurant is in great demand and therefore often booked solid.
A look at the menu will make any gourmet heart beat faster. The traditional tasting menu with eight courses is also available for vegetarians. You may also opt for the four-course dinner. What both meals have in common: exquisite ingredients prepared with the utmost care and presented beautifully. Your nose will experience pleasant aromas, and your palate will be treated to flavours you have never tasted before. This is accompanied by a large selection of first-class wines and champagnes. The Ledbury will treat you to a fine dinner for all your senses – a memory that will stay with you for a very long time.
Ronnie Scott’s: live music at its finest
Our taste buds having been fully satisfied, we will now do our ears some good. And so we are off to the very heart of the Soho district, to Ronnie Scott’s. If you take the tube and walk a short distance, you will reach the jazz club in about half an hour. Opened in 1959, it is one of the oldest jazz clubs in the world. Many jazz legends such as Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis or Count Basie have appeared there. Ronnie Scott’s offers you live jazz music that is in a class of its own in an elegant, relaxed and – highly important in summer – air-conditioned setting.
Doors for the main act open at 10.30 p.m. You best reserve a seat in advance, because most shows are sold out. The seats are not numbered, which is why you should arrive on time to secure the seat of your choice.
After a leisurely shopping spree, delicious cocktails and an exquisite dinner, our perfect Royal night out thus draws to a close in a crowning musical glory.