by Charlotte Johnstone, The Telegraph, January 15, 2019
If budgeting, eschewing alcohol and a stuffy Instagram feed of people’s ‘veganuary’ diets (yawn) have already bored you stiff, have a look at these outrageously fun activities for really making the most of 2019. From chartering spitfires to splurging on champagne parties, take a look at some of the most luxurious pop-ups and experiences in London hotels. You’re welcome.
Bottomless stays at Home House
A champagne-lover's dream. You and your staying guest can invite 10 friends to your suite in this exclusive private members' club for the ultimate champagne party, where the Moët pours freely from 6pm-12am. The package, which marks the hotel's 20th anniversary, is available in the George Hanbury or James Wyatt suite on Fridays and Saturdays, and members of staff will be on-hand to replenish your bubbles.
Bottomless Bedrooms Party Package from £2,100 per night for non-members (020 7670 2000; homehouse.co.uk)
Read the full review: Home House, Mayfair
Blow the budget and charter a Spitfire (or two) for the flight of your life
After spending the night in one of Hyde Park's most resplendant hotels, The Lanesborough, a limousine will take you and a guest to the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex for lunch, where two more friends can join. Two spitfires will fly you to the coast, to the scene of the Battle of Britain, with a couple of loop-the-loops along the way. It's all recorded on a 360-degree video, so you can share your great adventure.
Spitfire experience from £9,000 (oetkercollection.com)
Read the full review: The Lanesborough, Hyde Park
Party like it’s Agatha Christie’s birthday at Zetter Townhouse
A princely sum of £20,000 will get you and your party exclusive use of the entire hotel for a murder mystery party, an immersive theatre production, meals and a bed for the night. You arrive in character, with a well-acquainted knowledge of your backstory already. After check-in, guests are assembled for afternoon tea with champagne cocktails before a four-course dinner with wine. Breakfast is also included, along with a butler.
Murder mystery package from £20,000 (020 7324 4560; thezettertownhouse.com)
Read the full review: Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell
Take to the London skies at The Goring
Ditch the walking tours and splurge on a helicopter at The Goring. Your chauffeur will take you to Battersea Heliport where your chopper awaits, before an 18-minute tour takes you round all of London’s famous city-centre landmarks. Back on terra firma, your driver will return you to the hotel for afternoon tea. The package includes a stay in a Most Splendid Room (or above), along with breakfast the following morning.
See London from the sky from £2,545 for two (020 7396 9000; thegoring.com)
Read the full review: The Goring, Belgravia
'Rosewoof': Spend time with the ones that matter (and don’t care how many followers you have)
Perhaps you just want a break. Head to Rosewood London with your favourite pooch for some quality time in a Grand Premier Suite. Your dog will be fussed over and pampered by celebrity dog groomer Jamie Griffen while you get £100 to spend at the spa. A dog bed, collar and lead by Barbour will be available to borrow, and meals are by Lily's Kitchen. If you want to head out for dinner yourself, theres a dog-sitter.
Canine Package from £2,100 per night (020 7781 8888; rosewoodhotels.com)
Read the full review: Rosewood London, Holborn
Break the budget and quaff expensive vintage cocktails at Brown’s Donovan Bar
Salvatore’s Legacy – which Donovan Bar claims is the world’s oldest cocktail – costs a whopping £5,000 because of the ingredients used. It’s made with some of the world’s rarest vintage spirits and liqueurs which are said to amass 700 years of history in a glass, including Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac from 1788 (usually priced at £50,000 a bottle), Kummel liqueur dating to 1770 (£10,000 a bottle). Other pricey cocktails include a £600 Old Fashioned.
Salvatore’s Legacy cocktail from £5,000
Read the full review: Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair