London in a little different perspective. A new beginning to 2017.
Christmas was over, the street lights decorations were slowly being removed, leaving the city back to it’s raw misguided beauty.
They had predicted snow the week I left, we had sunshine throughout our stay, which made our walks through the streets easy, despite me wishing for a little snowfall.
We booked at Jumeirah Carlton Tower for a little business trip before heading back to Dubai. We wanted to explore more of London and a little outside too. Our first option was Durdle Door in Dorset, something on my bucket list for a long while along with Lake District. We decided for 48 hours, two experiences. Apart from endless walks across the city, getting lost, we decided Richmond to be one of our destinations, at least for this time.
We got lost on our way by tube, it was inevitable as we missed one of the stop and found it hillarious, it took us about an hour and a half to arrive after jumping from one train direction to another. But it was really the journey that made the difference in the cold. Richmond Park was enchanting. The largest Royal Park in London (1,000 hectares/2,500 acres), and home to 650 deer with cycling tracks and horseback riding activities. The ecology is a delicate one. You can feel it everywhere you walk and nothing here can change. Without knowing why or how, I found myself in love with this strange wanderings. Those things: mystery, fate, enchantment… they are things that new places offer us as soon as we get close to them. And we can be drawn back into. It transports you to another place. Somewhere far away, where there is only static on your radio. What’s real and what’s not. It’s the little things you feel.
That’s when you know.
The Second day – Take a helicopter ride with Heli Group from Wycombe Air Park to take in the magnificent Blenheim Palace to the north, as well as some of the Thames Valley to the south covering Henley on Thames which has some special properties along with flying over the Rothschild historic properties. The private charter company just recently opened doors to the general public allowing guests to book their private helicopter whether it is for a full day, pick up from a certain location or just to experience and admire the views from top. We organized it with Ed Sale who was extremely wonderful and helpful with all the questions we had. Prices are always depending on the timing and distance. Below are his contact details.
Ed Sale | DDI +44 (0)1494 854707 | Mob +44 (0)7823 333361 | www.heligroup.co.uk
London city just like any other city has an abundance of hotels. So to stand out, you need to be a little different. We recently stayed in Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge – the center of Sloan Street in the heart of Knightsbridge, an award winning hotel and Europe’s Leading business hotel at the World Travel Awards in 2016 with a sustainable tourism certification and 30 minutes away from Heathrow Airport. Jumeirah Carlton Tower attracts guests from all over the world on a mission to shop being so close to Harrods and Harvey Nichols, dine in the finest restaurants around such as Gaucho and, on business trips and famous for it’s postcard views over the beautiful city of London. The hotel has wonderful facilities, the club room which is situated on the 9th floor and the award winning spa where we spent one afternoon getting a treatment and ending it at the indoor swimming pool. Stayed at the panoramic view suite which gives you a full view of South London from the bedroom and the living room with different views from the toilet. Make use of the private park that belongs to the hotel and have your concierge prepare a picnic for you right outside after you cycle your way around the city with the bikes rented from the hotel!