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You’ve really got to love a hotel that ensures all of their honored guests are cared for by personal butlers and welcomed into what feels like their own private home. Except in most cases, this is far better than the average home. We’re talking a St. Regis property that is splendid luxury landmark outfitted in outstanding classic 19th century British royal splendor with a posh Knightsbridge address, where tea & coffee are served upon arrival, you’ll find your very own Sony VAIO laptop in your room, bountiful fresh fruit replenished daily, a modern fitness studio, personalized stationary, and signature 24-hour personal service by your very own proper butler and concierge.

Ah yes, the butler and concierge…that are somehow omnipresent but not intrusive, and magically there when you need something at the drop of a hat to handle packing or unpacking your luggage, making your stress-melting treatment appointments in the Spa Studio, arranging a family outing complete with unique children's’ activities, or arranging a chauffeured ride in one of their automobiles in their sweet fleet of Rolls Royce Phantoms, Mercedes or BMW 7 series. There’s London luxe, and then there’s Lanesborough London luxe… trust us, you won’t want to miss this.

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Book now and receive complimentary champagne and petit fours upon arrival while your personal butler unpacks your suitcase. You’ll also be given an exclusive shopping card with incredible discounts and privileges at over 100 designer stores including Rupert Sanderson, Duchamp, Dunhill, Prada, Tods, Ralph Lauren and many more. Click HERE for more information and as always, be sure & tell 'em The Explorateur sent you!



A long weekend jaunt to London is always a fabulous way to spend a few days- easily accessible with non-stop flights from major gateways far and wide and there’s always a hotel deal to be had (and yes, we can help you find the best ones to suit your particular style!)

Our friends at VisitBritain have cleverly drawn up some ideal all-in-one packages designed to make your stay as easy and seamless as possible, and with extra savings for Explorateur readers only, you’ll be ahead of the curve and on track with your advanced planning.

Essential London Kit
The Essential London Kit is ideal if you’re spending a long weekend in London. It allows you to see all of the iconic sights for less, easily- with components like

-London Travel Card- giving you the freedom to explore the city with unlimited access to public transportation for 3 days

-The London Eye- admission for a ride aboard this unique observation wheel, providing tremendous views of the city

-The Tower of London- access to this famous fortress, also serving as home to the Crown Jewels

-The Original London Sightseeing Bus Tour Ticket- giving you hop-on,hop-off service around London with over 80 stops. It’s valid for 24 hours and even includes 3 walking tours (including Jack the Ripper!) and a Thames river cruise

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Save an additional $10 off the Essential London Kit. Valid for travel through 30 Jun 2010, must be booked by 25 Mar. Please click HERE and use coupon code majestic2010

London Remedy Kit
Just the thing you need when you have a bit more time to explore. Includes

-£20 Visitor Oyster Card - the smartest all-access ticket for London’s public transport

- London Eye Champagne Flight – Bubbly brilliance aboard the unique observation wheel
The Original London Sightseeing Tour Ticket – with a 48-hour hop on, hop off access ticket, 3 walkng tours plus a Thames river cruise

-London Map

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Save an additional $10 off the London Remedy Kit. Valid for travel through 30 Jun 2010, must be booked by 25 Mar. Please click HERE and use coupon code remedy2010

And, as always, be sure & tell ‘em The Explorateur sent you!



Next year, The Goring in London celebrates its centenary. For Jeremy Goring, the fourth Goring to run it, those celebrations will be all about family, staff and guests. It is now the only five-star hotel in London that is still owned and run by the family that built it. As The Goring approaches its centenary, it is already in the limelight. This year alone it has been awarded the Catey for "Best Independent Hotel" and readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine in the U.S. voted it as having the "Best Service in the U.K.".
Over the past five years, Jeremy Goring has been investing in the fabric of the hotel, first overseeing the transformation of the Dining Room by David Linley and the refurbishment of rooms and suites by designers Tim Gosling and Nina Campbell. A new afternoon tea veranda has been added, overlooking the hotel's very private gardens. Last year, Gosling came back to give the Bar, Lounge and Terrace a theatrical and silk-lined new look. Finally, this year saw the redesign of many of the largest rooms in the hotel, overlooking the garden, by Russell Sage, using historic silks specially rewoven for The Goring by the Royal Warrant holders, Gainsborough. The hotel will operate a year-long calendar of centenary celebrations. For more information, visit

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- As a special birthday treat to Explorateur readers, The Goring are offering an exclusive 2 night break. For only GBP £499, stay for 2 nights at The Goring in a Delightful King Room, enjoy an early dinner* in the award-winning Goring Dining Room on one night, and a full English breakfast both mornings of your stay. VAT is included. Valid for travel 1 Jan - 11 Apr 2010.



We all know London is so much better on foot than by train or car, and walking this fab city has never been so much fun thanks to Sandra Shevey. She knows the ins and outs of EVERY market and is all too happy to share her insider knowledge with you on her signature London Street Market Walks. These 3-hour personally guided jaunts celebrate the city's multicultural diversity, while taking care to ensure you're still getting the whole true cockney market experience, true to the city's roots. She keeps it even more interesting by mixing up the markets and route each day, so you're always sure to get a great surprise. Departing daily at 11 AM, £25
Shopping not your thing? Channel your inner mystery-movie-loving self and embark on the Alfred Hitchcock walk, where you'll pass by locations used in the multitude of movies in the brilliant writer/director's collection, and even be treated to audio clips of Hitchcock interviews along the way. Departing Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 11 AM, £25

Get to steppin' and see London in a whole new way...
EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- 10% off all of Sandra's Walks, and her DVD documentary about London's ancient markets until February 2010. Contact Sandra herself to book at and be sure & tell her The Explorateur sent you!
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