Having just announced 5 star breaks for the Rolling Stones Concerts at the O2 for a fiver short of £1,000 per person (although they do start from just under £300pp!) I thought I might reach out to our richer visitors and see how we can spend their money. For the rest of us… well we can but dream!
Of course not everything happening in London this winter is as reassuringly expensive as a Rolling Stones concert so if you are going to spend your money then we need to look at where you stay and how you travel… and maybe the odd treat when you are in town! So don’t put away your gold card just yet, let’s see what we can do that will cost a couple more than £1000.
The Rolling Stones package features the 5 star Corinthia Hotel. In the centre of Whitehall, with views over the River Thames, even staying here (if you are not seeing the Stones) you are going to have to stay for two nights in a Superior King double with full breakfast to get the total price over £500 pp – and that is including a ticket for La Boheme at the Royal Opera House (although only a seat in the Amphitheatre!).
Other five star hotels include the Goring, The Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, The Manderin Oriental Hyde Park and the Sheraton Park Lane but if you prefer your five stars with live stars then try the May Fair in Mayfair: not a day goes by it seems when there is someone being “papped” on the steps of the May Fair.
If you want to book for the ATP Tennis Final at the O2 and stay in a Studio Suite Double at the May Fair on 12 November 2012 you will be spending £395.40 pp including service and VAT at 20% and tickets for the match. You will need to travel down from Andy Murray’s home town of Dunblane by first class rail travel to bump the package up to beyond £500 pp.
Of course the flagship hotel in London has to be The Ritz. Close to the theatres it makes for an excellent theatre break base. Now the most expensive seats in London’s Theatreland at the moment are for Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre. As this may be a special occasion, it would make sense to stay for two nights so then you can take tea at Fortnum and Mason’s, enjoy a dinner cruise on the second night and during the day you can visit Hampton Court Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral. On the way home in your first class carriage back to Leeds you may well ask yourself how you got all this for £5 over £900 pp person, but you did!
I’ve mentioned it before but all London Theatre Breaks come with optional rail travel – Standard class or First class. Obviously we travel first class, but it is not ridiculously expensive so you will have to add premier dinner cruises and afternopon tea bookings, as we have done in the Ritz package, to warrant showing off about how much you have spent!
Whatever you do decide to see, when you start your Theatre Break booking and you are presented with a long list of hotels, look to the left hand column, find the filter for hotel choices and un-tick those pesky 2, 3 and 4 star hotels, reduce the number of miles from your chosen event to about 2 miles and make sure you don’t forget to add first class rail travel!
Enjoy your break!