By Michelle Lyn

On a quiet street in the heart of Knightsbridge sits the third best hotel in London (according to cult travel website TripAdvisor). This luxury boutique hotel dating back to 1843, although not a bed and breakfast, boasts a 2:1 staff to guest ratio and you truly feel welcomed into a family home. Very British, with a cozy sitting room for afternoon tea and a dark, wood-paneled bar for evening martinis, The Egerton House Hotel is the perfect combination of luxury and comfort, with just the right amount of proper British hospitality.

Mornings
Bring your running shoes and start the day with a jog through the expansive Hyde Park, weaving your way around schoolchildren, mothers pushing babies in strollers and couples out on romantic strolls.

Pick up a fresh-pressed green juice from one of the many Pret a Manger shops located on nearly every corner or hit up one of London’s quaint cafes if you prefer to start with a light breakfast. Gail’s Artisan Bakery is a great option for baked treats or a light breakfast and you have several options, with more than 20 locations throughout London.

On Old Brompton Road, Harrod’s, the iconic department store that is more like a multi-leveled labyrinth of luxury goods, is the perfect start to a day of shopping. Swing by Ted Baker London for some new Euro threads and take a break at the Troubadour Cafe, one of the last remaining coffee houses of its era in London, with a club room in the cellar.

Afternoons
Build up an appetite, fill your pockets with pounds and head to Borough Market for an incredible afternoon of eating and drinking in an open-air market that is a treat for all five senses. Cheese, honey, produce, chocolate and more can overwhelm you, so make sure you come hungry.

For something lighter, Donostia offers an authentic touch of Basque cooking, adapted for a London crowd. Watch the servers behind the bar as they delicately slice ever so thin ribbons of jamón ibérico and pour glasses of txakoli.

Nearby Oxford Street is also a good place for shopping if you’re so inclined. If history intrigues you more, head to the stunning Natural Museum of History, where the “Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea” exhibition is on display until September.

If it’s your first time to London, make the rounds to the major sights such as Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben and then treat yourself to a posh lunch at City Social, chef Jason Atherton’s power lunch spot on the 38th floor of Tower 42. Look out over the interestingly designed skyscrapers with even more interesting names like The Gherkin, The Cheesegrater and The Shard.

Afternoon tea is a must and The Goring is an excellent place to partake. Sit on the back patio and enjoy the greenery of the backyard. For something a little more casual, kick your shoes off in the drawing room back at The Egerton House Hotel.

End the afternoon’s food coma with an indulgent massage at The Dorchester Hotel’s spa. Grand, audacious and elegant, The Dorchester is posh, yet welcoming and the spa’s Signature Massage will easily transport you to another world.

Evenings

Despite the thousands of restaurants in London, you would be remiss if you didn’t make dinner reservations in advance. Berner’s Tavern in the Edition Hotel is a gorgeous art-deco space with vaulted ceilings and incredible food (also by Jason Atherton).

Sketch Gallery is a quirky, artistic space with multiple dining rooms and bars, not to mention egg pods that serve as bathrooms. SushiSamba is a stunning space atop the Heron Tower with 360-degree views of London. Perfect for a sunset dinner, the food is incredible and the energy is palpable. For the who’s who crowd, head to Chiltern Firehouse or for something cozy and unpretentious head to one of the several Aubaine locations.

The Theatre Royal Haymarket is featuring The Elephant Man, starring Bradley Cooper, through August. After excellent reviews on Broadway, this Hangover alum bares his acting chops in a transformative performance.

The options are endless and whether you bounce around East London, Soho, Mayfair, Knightsbridge or one of the many other neighborhoods, you will quickly realize how cool London really is.

PACKAGES

4 Nights for the Price of 3

The Knightsbridge Experience

• Two nights’ accommodation in a beautifully appointed room or suite

• A bottle of Champagne on arrival

• Afternoon tea for two on one day

• Full English breakfast daily

An Occasion to Remember

• Two nights’ accommodation in a luxuriously appointed room or suite

• Full English breakfast daily

• Bottle of Guy Cadel Champagne

• Gift box of luxury Belgian chocolates

• A celebration martini created by the maestro himself Antonio Pizzuto

Planning Ahead

Getting There
Egerton House Hotel is centrally located in the Knightsbridge section of London. It’s an easy taxi from the airport. Keep in mind most black cabs do not take cash, so Uber will be your best resource while in town.

When to Go
Wimbledon runs through July 12. Citadel, a one-day event that takes place mid-July in East London, is culturally nourishing and arts-driven. The More London Free Festival brings an impressive lineup of events and performances now through September.

Book It
Reservations can be made online at EgertonHouseHotel.com

17-19 Egerton Terrace
London, SW3 2BX