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Top Luxury Hotels in London

claridgesClaridge’s is a luxury five-star hotel and has been open since 1898. This seven-story terracotta was built by the same architect who built Harrods department store. It’s a long time favorite stop amount A-list clientèle. Queen Victoria and the Empress Eugenie were fans, as is Anna Wintour, who stays here during fashion week. Queen Elizabeth lunches in the royal suite a few times a year. Besides a Gorden Ramsay restaurant, guests enjoy the famous Claridge’s Bar and Fumior. The Claridge is home to 203 lively rooms, decorated in traditional elegance. Elevators are manually operated, and each contains a sofa for lounging.

45 Park Lane
45parklane45 Park Lane is one of the world’s finest hotels, and isn’t a stranger to travel industry accolades and awards. Guests have nothing but praise for this luxury hotel, which boasts 59 rooms, suites and apartment.45 Park Lane has styled its rooms to appeal to all tastes, and are fabulously comfortable. Each room has an iPad, and the lights and blinds operate at the touch of the screen. The views (and balconies) over look Hyde Park and beyond. This luxury hotel that is also home to a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, Cut. Waiters are prompt and well educated in the art of beef. Another perk of staying at 45 Park Lane is the media room, used for private screenings and complimentary access to The Dorchester’s wonderful spa facilities.

Milestone Hotel
milestoneThe Milestone Kensington is an award-winning 5 star boutique hotel in Kensington, overlooking Kensington Palace. The building a 19th-century architectural icon with a historic Victorian atmosphere. Every room has an individual style with original artwork and antiques; with guest’s comfort in mind. Enjoy modern British cuisine and exceptional wines in Cheneston’s restaurant. Take afternoon tea beside the open fire in the Park Lounge, enjoy a signature cocktail in the chic Conservatory or relax in the Stables Bar. The Milestone offers award-winning style, warmth and comfort with a high level of service to match.

One Aldwych
onealdwychDon’t let the plain exterior fool you, One Aldwych offers luxury accommodation. One Aldwych’s rooms are contemporary and equipped with iPod docking stations, mini TV in the en suite shower rooms, and fresh fruit and flowers are delivered daily. This luxury hotel’s facilities include a swimming pool with underwater music, steam and sauna rooms, and a state-of-the-art health club with personal trainers. Axis at One Aldwych restaurant offers a modern British menu, with food made from fine locally sourced produce while the Lobby Bar serves cocktails and afternoon tea with a twist.

How much luggage should you pack on a trip?

As enjoyable as traveling can be, it can also cause a great deal of stress. By dealing with stress at the airport, taxi rides, and hotels can cause stress by the time you have reached your final destination. The first step for any trip, of any length, is packing. This can be one of the worst aspects of a trip and reducing stress as early as possible can set your trip out on the right path.

packingObviously, the amount of luggage you take on a trip depends on how much you need, where you are going, and what sort of tip it is. If you are only going away for a weekend, try to fit everything you need into a carry-on bag. And bear in mind, traveling light is usually more convenient.
Also be strict about how many suitcases and bags you decide to take. You won’t be able to pack your whole wardrobe, so pack the clothing pieces you will wear and use. One of the best things you can do is research the weather and pack accordingly. Be sure to utilize packing techniques when filling your luggage. This way, you don’t have to completely compromise what you pack and don’t. Doing small things such as rolling your clothing and packing in order of what you take out of the luggage will help greatly. Lastly, check with the airline for the heaviest weight you are allowed without having the bag to go into the hold. This varies from airline to airline, so it’s best to check ahead.

Reducing stress at every turn will help you keep levels low throughout your trip. If you are mindful about your luggage, you will have much lower stress levels as a result and will relaxed the moment you open your door.