Sightseeing and tea are required.
Whether he’s in London or New York City, Jeremy Jauncey—CEO and founder of Beautiful Destinations—kick-starts his day with a workout. At The Savoy, a Fairmont Hotel on London’s Northbank, that means heading to the 24-hour Fitness Gallery featuring state-of-the-art Technogym equipment (with personal TV screens) free weights, and resistance machines in a mirrored alcove. Guests can borrow headsets; sip spa water infused with strawberries, cucumbers, and kiwis; or do laps in the 33-foot-long swimming pool in a naturally lit atrium. When London’s finicky weather permits, you can also go for a run along the River Thames.
Refresh in the sauna or steam room, wash-up with Aromatherapy Associates products, and catch up on the news—The Savoy provides complimentary, daily newspapers and magazines.
To really give your morning a jolt, stop by Melba, the Savoy’s new gourmet take-away counter on the Strand. You can get an espresso to-go, or have a more leisurely (read: indulgent) morning with a Melba Coffee (mocha with peach syrup) and a signature éclair from pastry chef Ludwig Hely.
But above all, it’s The Savoy Hotel’s location—mere steps from the city’s high-end galleries, shopping, and the Covent Garden theater, opera, and ballet district—that make it one of the best places to bed down.
And no matter what brings you to London, be it a business meeting or a whirlwind sightseeing tour, you have to make time for one of the most British of all activities: afternoon tea. At The Savoy’s Thames Foyer, this timeless tradition continues with all the ceremony and five-star service that made it famous.
“Good service [is] an absolute must,” notes Jauncey. “It takes true skill to be attentive without being intrusive.”
Beneath the stained-glass cupola, you can experience the nostalgic ritual yourself, nibbling finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries, and sipping rare teas—or, like Jauncey, an herbaceous Green Park cocktail with gin, lemon juice, celery bitters, egg white, and basil.