With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tying the knot at Windsor Castle in the middle of the month, what better excuse to head to the UK to soak up all the excitement.
Copy the Queen and do Scotland by train
Modern train stations are rarely glamorous places. But as you make your way towards the burgundy Belmond Royal Scotsman (pictured left), a handsome, kilted piper leading the way, you may reconsider that assumption. This is the kind of train that makes you yearn for the past. Each time you step aboard, sit
down for a meal or move in such a way as to suggest you’re awake, attendants appear holding trays of something delicious and boozy. Cabins are plush, dinners are strictly black-tie, and on your journey from Edinburgh into the Highlands, you’ll stop off at a number of Macbeth-worthy castles and cruise through
some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.
Take a gin class at Rosewood London
London and gin have long been intimately associated, so much so that the city had a famous historical
period called the Gin Craze and an entire category of the spirit is named after it. No wonder the clever people at the Rosewood realised their celebrated Gin Bar, the largest of its kind in the city, would be the ideal spot for a gin masterclass. It serves more than 400 different gins and 27 branded and homemade tonic
waters, so guests can choose from an impressive 14,035 G&T pairings while they learn about the city’s
infamous gin palaces. Great fun— and ideal small-talk fodder for when you’re at the palace.
Bathe at the Royal Crescent Bath
Before the arrival of Heathrow, the upper classes would take to Bath to rejuvenate after a long season of hunting, shooting and fishing. And the Royal Crescent Bath, the grandest hotel in the west of England, has revived that tradition with its world-class spa. It’s impossible to come away from its salt-infused saunas, vast relaxation pools and inhalation rooms feeling anything other than glowing after a weekend in this gorgeous hotel. Couldn’t be bothered driving back to London? Take the helicopter instead.
Tour Windsor Castle with a martini
As any Londoner will tell you, Dukes Bar is infamous for serving the city’s most potent—and most delicious—martinis. Housed in a luxurious Mayfair hotel of the same name, it was James Bond creator Ian Fleming’s favourite bar. The staff only allow each client two martinis before they’re advised to go for a walk around St James’ Park to clear their head. This spring, this old-world hotel is branching out from Mayfair-based martini madness by offering guests the chance to drive to Windsor in a vintage Rolls-Royce for an exclusive behindthe-scenes tour of the castle and village. Afterwards, you’ll have dinner in Dukes’ glamorous dining room—martinis included at all stages, of course.
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