Central London experiences for your Christmas List
In a world where there is so much ‘stuff’, there’s an increasing trend for experience gift giving. And it’s easy to see why. From a base of central London serviced apartments, you can give the gift of entertainment, luxury and experience in the city. So this year, instead of trawling for gifts that may be put aside or forgotten, think instead about how to give the gift of memories. We look at the best gifts to team with a stay in a luxury serviced apartment.
From central London serviced apartments you can easily access any number of day spas and treatment centres. For a truly indulgent and harmonious experience, browse the gift boxes at Aire Ancient Baths. This spa is located centrally in Covent Garden and takes visitors into a candle-lit, authentic haven of relaxation. Gift packages include use of the thermal pool, steam room, plunge pool, salt bath and Tepidarium, in addition to a variety of massage treatments.
If you want an experience to remember, tickets to a West End show are a reliable go-to for anyone who enjoys performance. Theatre Tokens are managed by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT). This means that they are ideal if you’re unsure of what show or what date to book. Hamilton remains a hugely popular West End show, so for fans of musical theatre this is a reliable bet. Alternatively, families may like to look ahead to the hotly anticipated Mrs Doubtfire, which opens in May 2023.
For art enthusiasts, the range of personal tours on offer by Tate Britain and Tate Modern are ideal. You can book a range of private group tours that can be tailored to your specific preferences. Or comparatively, you may prefer a personal tour for two. These tours are taken by an experienced guide, where you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the works and in addition have more time and space to appreciate them. With the range of art across the Tate gallery group, there’s an exhibition to suit any culture vulture.
The route to most of our hearts is through our stomachs, so a truly spectacular dinner is a classic gift. CORE by Clare Smyth was newly appointed its third Michelin star in 2022. Correspondingly, it provides delectable dining and a focus on sustainability and elegant service. The restaurant offers a range of gift experiences, from monetary vouchers to gifts by menu. You can even book the chef’s table itself. From central london serviced apartments, this restaurant is a stunning walk through Kensington Gardens which builds the appetite!
Anyone with a healthy thirst for adventure will delight at the opportunity to scale a London landmark. Up at the O2 is a 90 minute outdoor climb over the iconic roof of the O2 arena. Obviously, the location means that the views are spectacular, whether by day, at sunset, or at twilight. Especially exciting are the special events that add a new angle to the experience, from yoga to music.
From cookery to silversmithing, a creative workshop is a wonderful gift to expand the horizons of someone you love. Perhaps they have something that they always wanted to try, or maybe they long to rekindle a lost passion for a lapsed hobby. Check out obby.co.uk which is a comprehensive source of diverse creative workshops and classes across London and beyond.
As the ultimate escape room, the very retro Crystal Maze Experience is located on Shaftesbury Avenue. Teams of 8 battle the four zones of the maze to gather crystals with which to complete the final challenge. Monetary gift vouchers are available and entry prices start at £79. The experience is around 2 hours long, and very active, so you’ll be glad of the comfort and proximity of central London serviced apartments to rest afterwards!