With London slowly returning to its natural rhythm, so are the opportunities for exploring the city with a fresh perspective. For meeting friends. For celebrating again. We asked our friends at onefinestay to recommend some of their favourite London addresses for a luxurious city break. All near some of our favourite Gusbourne hospitality partners and stockists. A very fine way to show the capital some love.

Whether Clerkenwell is your natural habitat or Chelsea your spiritual home, there’s probably a corner of London you’ve always wanted to know better. One way to do that is to take up temporary residence in a fabulous private home, which is where onefinestay can help.

Great locations, inspiring architecture and magnificent interiors come as standard in onefinestay’s London collection. As does personalised 24/7 support and professional hospitality services, from private chefs and caterers to childcare and hotel-quality housekeeping – all in a unique private-home setting. If you need an excuse for a London escape, here are a few ideas for a sparkling city staycation…

1. Work from home, but better – Belgravia and Chelsea

If your experience over the past several months has found your WFH setup to be less than inspirational, reboot your routine from a different environment. Like the artful Sloane Gardens X, an elegant two-bedroom Belgravia bolthole with a beautifully simple home-office setup and a location surrounded by cafés, restaurants and pubs. Or the bright, open-plan St Luke’s Street V in Chelsea, where you can gaze through the skylight over morning coffee. And if dark and dramatic fires up your creativity, the bijou Chelsea Manor Street VII invites you and your laptop to settle into its cosy, velvety comforts.

Gusbourne is never far away…

Jeroboams Belgravia – Established fine-wine merchant with eight London shops, including two in Belgravia (Elizabeth Street and Pont Street).

Manicomio – Modern Italian with local character in the heart of Chelsea’s Duke of York Square.

Koji – Fine-dining Japanese made with fresh European ingredients in elegant New King’s Road surroundings.

2. Do London like lovers – Soho and Marylebone

Lockdown locked down date nights out. Put some credit back in the romance bank with a central London long weekend. Marylebone’s De Walden Street and Montagu Square VI are both steps away from the boutiques of Marylebone High Street and the buzz of Oxford Street. And if Soho seduces, the Georgian grandeur of this Meard Street apartment reveals a rich mix of period and contemporary design, with all the excitement of W1 literally on the doorstep.

Find a glass of Gusbourne

The Langham, London – Drinks at Artesian, The World’s Best Bar, or afternoon tea at Palm Court. Perfect pairings at one of London’s great hotels.

Blandford Comptoir – Modern European bistro and wine bar serving small plates and takeaways in fashionable Blandford Street, W1.

Quo Vadis – Iconic Dean Street members’ club and dining room with ever-changing seasonal menus by Chef Jeremy Lee.

3. Toast your social bubble – Primrose Hill and St John’s Wood

Bring friends together for a screen-free intimate supperclub in a dining room made for entertaining. Let the conversation flow around the sleek glass table at Chalcot Road IV in Primrose Hill, where brunch the next day should definitely be served on the stylish patio. Or get creative in the glamorous marble and mirror kitchen at Marlborough Place in St John’s Wood, which cries out for long lunches and sumptuous suppers, lovingly prepared for foodie friends.

Your local Gusbourne supply

Jeroboams Hampstead – North London’s local branch of the beloved independent wine merchant, in the heart of buzzy Heath Street.

Oak N4 – Wine bar and shop, hosting live music and tastings from “your friendly neighbourhood wine guys” on Wells Terrace, N4.

Highbury Vintners – Proudly independent wine and spirits shop with winemaker dinners, in-store tastings and an impressive selection of bottles.

4. Be your own tour guide – Chelsea and Vauxhall

If you live in London, you’ve probably never done half the highlights most tour guides recommend. So bring the family and make your own itinerary. Survey the Thames and London skyline from the top of modern St George Wharf III and its vast private terrace. Or from Cheyne Walk VI, a spacious five-bedroom house with spectacular south-facing views. Stroll along the Thames Path to Tate Britain or take a river cruise to the Tower or Greenwich for a dose of history.

Take a taste of Gusbourne

Medlar – Acclaimed King’s Road favourite featuring seasonal British dishes served with French flair from the kitchen of Chef Joe Mercer Nairne.

Lea & Sandeman Chelsea – Award-winning Fulham Road wine merchant with a seamless order and collect service.

D vine Cellars – Shop and neighbourhood wine bar serving cheese and charcuterie in Clapham’s charming Voltaire Road.

5. Celebrate a milestone – Battersea and Clerkenwell

Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, honeymoons… Milestone occasions deserve to be marked, even in the strange circumstances of 2020. In lieu of big parties and far-flung destinations, more intimate celebrations can be just as joyful in sumptuous surroundings. Albert Bridge Road VI is a glamorous and expansive home in Battersea with private garden, serene interiors and the ideal entertaining space. Head east to the historic Clerkenwell Cooperage, where barrels were once made, for a deeply urban, factory-chic vibe: polished concrete, suspended staircase, triple-height living space and plenty of areas inside and out for friends to gather and raise a glass to everything.  

Celebrate with Gusbourne

TrinityChef Adam Byatt’s beloved Michelin-starred neighbourhood restaurant in Clapham Old Town, where sustainable ingredients are the stars of the menu.

Clove Club – Highly rated contemporary British tasting menus meet sophisticated wine pairings at this open kitchen in historic Shoreditch Town Hall.

Uncorked – Longstanding independent merchant specialising in independent producers with a boutique tucked away in the Exchange Arcade on Bishopsgate.

 

Book a London break with onefinestay quoting code VINTAGEGUSBOURNE and you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of Gusbourne to toast your temporary home from home.

Terms & Conditions:

- Applicable to City Collection stays in London only
- Bookings of 3 nights or more
- Direct bookings only
- Stays must occur before 1 December 2021, subject to availability, and whilst quantities last. 

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