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The Cavendish – ideal Christmas shopping base

Michael Edwards sets The Cavendish, in the swanky St James area of London, as his Christmas shopping base.

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London’s skyline seen from the Penthouse at The Cavendish.

The Cavendish London Hotel, on historic Jermyn Street, puts guests in pole position for Christmas shopping. We have a lot of catching-up to do after last year’s cancelled festivities.

In Mayfair, one of London’s most sophisticated districts, a short stroll takes you to the chandeliers and rich red carpets of Fortnum and Mason. Stocking fillers abound in the renowned food hall: decadent chocolates, tempting preserves, aromatic coffee beans and and a range of the world’s finest teas. Or, if you can’t make a decision, one of Fortnum and Mason’s hampers could solve some of those present -list teasers.

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Burlington arcade is popular with Christmas shoppers.

Jermyn Street has numerous prestigious tailors who uphold its reputation for making top quality shirts though it also offers plenty of opportunities for sourcing some very special presents.

Back in 1664, King Charles ll, felt that London needed a stylish shopping street in Mayfair. Over three centuries on, Jermyn Street has more than fulfilled that vision. There are art galleries, a bookshop, a cheesemonger, Bespoke Cycling where you can be measured up for that perfect bike and there is also Bates for hats too. There’s entertainment at the Jermyn Street Theatre, lunchtime music recitals at St James’ church and Tramp nightclub too.

Richard Jenkins, the Cavendish’s concierge, is a key member of the hotel’s staff. The golden keys on his label, represent nearly two decades of concierge service. He and his team have a reassuring ability to source scarce exhibition and theatre tickets, to conjure up a table reservation at a busy restaurant.

The Cavendish London UK Classic Room

London can be tiring and Christmas shopping can be exhausting. Perfectly located, The London Cavendish is a restful retreat from the frenetic capital. Executive King Rooms feature many contemporary luxuries: strong wi-fi, Bose Wave Music Station, HD TV, coffee-maker, fridge and Bose i-pad docking station. En-suite bathrooms feature both bath and separate power shower.

Then there are the views. Recline in a chaise longue by the window and look out over London’s dramatic skyline of clusters of aspirational skyscrapers. Depending on the room, the panorama takes in London, past, present and future: St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, the 95 storey Shard and the cranes building the next generation of skyscrapers.

Topping the 15 storey hotel is a sumptuous gold-splashed penthouse suite. A balcony is perfectly positioned for watching sunlight riding and falling over a city that many claim is the capital of the world.

Although, the hotel was finally rebuilt in the 1960s after Blitz bomb damage, the story of the Cavendish may be familiar. Rosa Lewis rose from humble origins to own the elegant London Hotel. Known as the Duchess of Jermyn Street, the BBC took her story and retold it for Saturday evening prime-time viewing as the Duchess of Duke Street.

Rosa Lewis - The Cavendish London Hotel
Rosa Lewis built the reputation The Cavendish enjoys today.

Ahead of her time, Rosa took lessons in light French cuisine. Her success enabled her to purchase The Cavendish in 1902. Later, she was invited to Buckingham Palace to cook for King Edward Vll. Her framed handwritten menu is presented on the wall of the Mayfair Bar, next to her portrait. As she moved in the highest social circles, there were rumours that she had an affair with the King.

A Duchess cocktail at the Mayfair Bar celebrates Rosa’s rich life with an aristocratic blend of Galliano, Cointreau, orange juice and double cream. Though the Mayfair Restaurant has moved on from the French style of Rosa’s cuisine to a Modern British menu.

The Cavendish
Elegant food created from some of the finest ingredients sourced locally and from around the world.

Rosa Lewis left an enduring legacy at the Cavendish London Hotel and a Champagne Afternoon Tea is a fitting tribute to her remarkable rise through London society. The tea also makes for a wonderfully restorative break from all that shopping.

The Cavendish fact file

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Currently the hotel has a stay 5 nights and save 30% offer. Book a minimum of 5 nights and enjoy 30% off the Best Available Rate including breakfast in the restaurant.

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Written by 11:45 am Around The UK