15 Luxurious Things to do in London, England

15 Luxurious Things to do in London, England
13 Jun 2023

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London is a city that’s associated with luxury, and it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular destinations for travellers seeking the finest experiences.

There are endless luxury opportunities and many of the “normal” things to do can be turned into luxurious occasions quite simply. London is a luxury lover’s dream city.

To help you plan a luxury trip to London, here are 15 of the most luxurious things to do in London.

Dine at the Ritz

The first of these luxurious things to do in London is to experience the elegant dining experience at The Ritz, one of the most famous hotels in all of London. The luxurious setting and impeccable service mean that dining here is a true indulgence. The menu features the best ingredients from around the world, including the freshest seafood and the finest meats and poultry. The Ritz is the perfect dining experience for anyone seeking luxury in London.

Take a helicopter tour of London

Taking a helicopter tour of London is by far one of the most luxurious things anyone can do. Seeing the landmarks and sights from the sky is a completely unique experience and one not to be missed out on. How many people can say they have visited London and taken a helicopter tour over the city? Just imagine the panoramic views over Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and all of London’s other famous sights. Flying in a state-of-the-art helicopter with leather seats and large windows offering a birds-eye view of London is hard to beat.

West End Theatre London England
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See a West End show from a private box

A trip to London would not be complete without catching a show at the West End, it’s something London is famous for after all. Watching a West End show from a private box is an even more luxurious experience. The experience offers a sense of exclusivity and privacy, as you can enjoy the show with just your close friends and/or family. On top of the luxurious atmosphere, the box also provides a bird’s eye view of the stage and the audience, making it a phenomenal experience. You also have a personal butler, and drinks and snacks can be ordered straight to the box, so you never miss a moment of the performance. It truly is a life of luxury.

Take a vintage Rolls Royce tour of London

For a glamorous and luxurious way to see the city, take a vintage Rolls Royce tour of London. Rolls Royces are the epitome of luxury! Driving around London, touring the sights, and learning about the landmarks all while in a Rolls Royce will leave you feeling like the top dog. Rolls Royce cars are known for their comfortable leather seats, air conditioning, and sound system, which all come together to make for a comfortable and enjoyable ride, only added to by the sightseeing.

Harrods London England
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Go shopping at Harrods

Harrods is known for being one of the most expensive and exclusive shops worldwide, and fortunately, it is found in London. A visit to Harrods allows you to discover its high-end fashion, fine jewellery, and gourmet food. The store’s decor is luxurious in itself, with marble floors, gold-plated fixtures, and crystal chandeliers. Simply admiring the shop’s design is a luxurious experience. You can find almost anything in Harrods but expect high prices for the luxury. After shopping, you are able to enjoy a meal at one of the shop’s many restaurants or cafes.

Yacht Cruise on Thames River London England
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Enjoy a private yacht cruise along the Thames

Another luxurious thing to do in London, and a unique way to see the city, is to take a private yacht cruise along the Thames. Yachts are synonymous with luxury, right? Taking a scenic tour of London’s famous landmarks, including Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament and more from the Thames is a completely different experience from seeing them from land. That being said, most cruises offer the option for you to choose to stop off at one of the many riverside restaurants or bars along the way.

Have a spa day at the Bulgari Hotel

One of the most luxurious things to do in London is to have a spa day at the Bulgari Hotel, one of the fanciest hotels in London. The hotel’s spa features a beautiful 25-metre swimming pool, an incredible, modern gym, and a range of treatment options, some of which are massages, facials, and body wraps. The luxurious facilities are designed to provide a peaceful and relaxing experience, exactly what luxury looks like! The natural materials and calming lighting are an added bonus. If you need to relax and unwind, the Bulgari Hotel is the place to be.

Royal Albert Hall London England
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Go to a concert at the Royal Albert Hall

London’s most iconic music, the Royal Albert Hall offers a luxurious London experience for music lovers of any genre. If you are interested in anything from classical concerts to contemporary pop acts, or anything in between, you will find something to enjoy at the Royal Albert Hall as there is a diverse number of events scheduled throughout the year. For the ultimate luxury experience, book a private box, which like in the West End, comes with its own bar, waiter service, and unbeatable views of the stage.

Buckingham Palace London England
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Take a private tour of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is a must-visit for anyone heading to London, regardless of if you are visiting London on a budget or if you are looking for a luxurious weekend break. It’s unmissable, but for a truly exclusive experience, take a private tour of Buckingham Palace. The tour provides a behind-the-scenes look at the royal residence, including the State Rooms, the Throne Room, and the Picture Gallery. Not everyone can say they have been inside Buckingham Palace!  The tour also ends with a walk through the palace gardens, which are only open to the public for a few weeks each year.

Stay in a suite at The Dorchester

Last but not least of these luxurious things to do in London is to stay in a suite at The Dorchester. The Dorchester is one of London’s most luxurious, exclusive and premium hotels, and staying in a suite is the single best way to experience its elegance and charm. The suites are spacious and beautifully decorated, with stunning views of Hyde Park and the city. Like any good luxury hotel, there is a range of amenities, including a spa, fitness centre, and several award-winning restaurants. What more can you ask for?

London Eye England
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Ride the London Eye in a private capsule

Like seeing Buckingham Palace, riding the London Eye is a must-do activity for any visitor to London, but for a luxurious experience, book a private capsule. The capsule can accommodate up to 25 people and comes with a personal host who will serve champagne and canapes as you take in the stunning views of the city. From the top of the London Eye, you can see all of London’s famous landmarks, including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London.

National Gallery London England
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Go on a private art tour of the National Gallery

Art lovers tend to appreciate luxury, so a private tour of the National Gallery is one of the best luxurious things to do in London. The gallery in London houses one of the world’s greatest collections of Western European art, with works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh, artists that nearly every person in the world will know. With a private guide, you can explore the gallery’s highlights and learn about the stories behind the paintings. The tour can be tailored to your interests too, which is always a sign of a good tour experience.

Enjoy a luxurious Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is a quintessential British experience, the stereotypes of Brits loving tea aren’t far wrong. Thankfully, there are many luxurious places to enjoy afternoon tea in London. From the Ritz mentioned earlier to Claridge’s, all of the city’s top hotels offer a range of afternoon tea experiences. If you are unfamiliar, afternoon tea consists of sipping on fine teas and indulging in a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, and cakes, all served in a beautiful and elegant setting. You’ll feel like royalty.

The Shard London England
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Have a private dinner in the Shard

The Shard is one of the most famous buildings in London, and you are able to have a private dinner in the iconic building. It’s a truly unforgettable meal! The Shard is London’s tallest building, and its restaurants offer some of the best views of the city. With a private dining room, you can enjoy a meal with just your close friends or family, while taking in the stunning panoramic views. The Shard’s restaurants offer a range of cuisines, from modern British to Japanese, and the menus feature the finest ingredients. There really is something for everyone.

Go on a private walking tour of Mayfair

Mayfair is one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, it’s an area of wealth and of course, luxury. You can take a private walking tour to explore its streets and learn about its history. It’s up to you which you choose but tours tend to focus on one of architecture, art, or history. Whichever you choose, you’ll get to see some of the most beautiful and exclusive areas of London, including Berkeley Square, Savile Row, and Bond Street.

London England aerial photo
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Visit London!

These 15 luxurious things to do in London offer a range of experiences for visitors looking to indulge in the city’s finest offerings.

From private tours of palaces to helicopter rides over the city, these activities provide unforgettable moments of luxury and opulence. Whether you’re a history buff, a music lover, or a foodie, there’s something for everyone on this list.

So why not treat yourself to a little bit of luxury on your next trip to London? Whichever of these luxurious things to do in London you choose to do, you are guaranteed to have a good time. 

Enjoy your trip to London and most importantly, enjoy the life of glam the city offers!

Josh Band

Josh Band is from Northern Ireland, and is the editor of A Backpacker’s World. From Southeast Asia to Europe, and everything in between, Josh loves to explore and write about his travels. He is currently travelling full-time and is on a mission to visit every country in the world!

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