DREAM LONDON HOTELS – WANDERLUST

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This wanderlust post is about my dream luxury hotels in London.  As I have got older, my tastes have been changing with hotels. I have stayed in some amazing beautiful places and then some budget hotels that I will only do if I have too. And I am hoping to start staying in more luxury hotels in the future for special occasions. In London, I have found a few and they are expensive for me. Maybe one day I will stay in them !

THE LANGHAM

I walked past this hotel a few years ago in the summer and all I could smell was the jasmine and then I noticed the hotel. It looks so amazing ! This is found close to the BBC building not far from Oxford Street.

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THE SHANGRI LA AT THE SHARD

Occupying the 34th to 52nd floors of the Shard building. I would just like to experience one night here and I have no idea why as I did not enjoy the Shard at night. But I am hoping this would a better time. And you do pay a lot for a room over looking the Thames. Last time I looked it was over £500 a night.

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ORIENTAL MANDARIN HYDE PARK

I again came across this by accident. I am a big fan of old buildings and this one is another beautiful one. Overlooking London’s Hyde Park on one side and Knightsbridge on the other, this was originally built in 1889 as a gentleman’s club. But it is currently under going some restorative work, eighteen months from September 2016. So maybe in 2018 !

ADMIRALTY ARCH

Admiralty Arch was built in 1910 as a working monument to the British Navy and a memorial to Queen Victoria. This new grade 1 hotel is due to be opened in 2018. This will have amazing views, one side The Mall, the other Trafalgar Square. I am so looking forward to this one !

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THE OLD WAR OFFICE

I noticed this building last year during my Open London in September and the Old War Office in Whitehall is to be another luxury hotel. No idea when or whom will run this. But plans show rooms where secretaries of State for War once worked will be transformed into new spaces for tourists. and more recently it featured in four James Bond films – Octopussy, A View to a Kill, Licence to Kill and Skyfall – portrayed as the MI6 headquarters, where M’s office was located. But in real life, the building was also frequented by members of the secret service and one discreet entrance way still retains the nickname, The Spies Entrance. I can not wait to stay in this one !

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FOUR SEASONS TEN TRINITY 

Another grade II listed historic building, the Old Port Authority. And one that is special to me. My husband proposed to me here. So I can not wait to stay here. With trade links going back to Roman times, its first incarnation, after being officially opened in 1922 by the Prime Minister David Lloyd George, was as the headquarters of the Port of London Authority. London was at that time the heart of world trade as ships delivered their cargo to the nearby docks. It opens in 2017 after a lengthy renovation.

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