|The Mayfair view from one of the penthouses at Grosvenor House Suites|
Considering traveling to London this spring? We recently spoke with Renato Moretto, the general manager of the Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeriah Living. This top hotel is located in the luxe London neighborhood of Mayfair, and we curated this list of must-see attractions based on recommendations made by Dan McCaskie, the hotel’s chief concierge.
Art & Fashion
First up, London’s famous museums. McCaskie’s favorite current exhibit is the Wildlife Photography of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum. For visitors interested in fashion, there is also the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Guests will see a range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since its founding in 1916. After this exhibit, with inspiration flowing, travelers should hit the streets to shop for London’s best styles. McCaskie suggests stopping by J&M Davdison for a new purse. Also, pop into Harrys for a pair of English loafers. Note: If staying at Grosvenor House, ask the concierge team to make shopping appointments for you. Finally, don’t miss out on the Vogue Festival, held in partnership with Harrods. It is taking place from May 21-22. This fifth annual celebration is bound to flashy. (It’s being held on the East Albert Lawn in Kensington Gardens and at the Royal Geographic Society.)
For the Kiddos
Families will want to explore the ZSL London Zoo, which will open the Land of the Lions exhibit on March 25. It will visually transport guests to India’s Sasan Gir. Families will walk around the almost 27,000-square-foot exhibit, exploring Indian-themed areas like a train station, crumbling temple clearing, guard hut and more. The zoo’s four lions will be visible, once Land of the Lions opens.
The Hidden Experience
Most travelers don’t know about the center run by The Magic Circle, which now offers magic shows and host events, explains McCaskie. We hear that on March 22 some of the top club musicians will perform. The evening will also include a lesson about the history of magic and The Magic Circle itself.
McCaskie’s favorite new restaurant is the M Restaurant. It provides guests will ample space and includes a grill and RAW bar. Plus: There is also a wine bar and lounge with DJs. As for what to order, we hear that there is a very rare Blackmore Wagyu wine. In the mood for live music? Guests should also eat at 100 Wardour Street, which serves delicious food alongside live music.