With entry requirements for vaccinated travelers recently eased, the UK is a great choice for fall and winter getaways this year for US travelers. For those who are fully vaccinated, you currently only need to order a “day 2 test” and complete a passenger locator form to enter the country. Popular routes of airlines such as Virgin Atlantic have resumed from most major cities, so at the same time it takes to get to Los Angeles, residents of the east coast could be arriving on the other side of Atlantic.
Where to stay
London has no shortage of luxury accommodation, but if you are the type of traveler who seeks a balance of cool, luxury and classic, this new location in Mayfair may be just what you are looking for. The Mayfair Townhouse had a brief opening last December before heading to the second part of the lockdown, but has been open for good since early summer. The Mayfair Townhouse is the cool new kid in the neighborhood, and well worth a visit.
The Mayfair district began life as a poor working-class neighborhood several hundred years ago. However, he is now part of the London Quarter Royalty. Filled with cute cafes, fancy homes, and more than a few Rolls Royces, Mayfair is a beautiful and convenient place to feel at home when visiting London. Neighbor to St. James and Marylebone, whether it’s your first or hundredth time in the British capital, you won’t be disappointed.
Mayfair is one of those areas where you can do as much or as little as you want while still having a meaningful trip. Either way, you have to wander through the Sheffield Market Passages. With its quaint entrance just around the corner from Mayfair Townhouse, stroll through Sheffield Market in the afternoon or evening to find many lively pubs and bars filled with locals enjoying a drink with their colleagues and in the morning, enjoy a cappuccino at a cozy café. And some of the main landmarks you’ll want to visit are Bond Street, Grosvenor Square, and the elegant Mount Street.
Located in the heart of Mayfair on Half Moon Street, The Mayfair Townhouse is actually made up of 15 Georgian townhouses, all connected within the hotel. There are 172 rooms and suites and because the property is made up of these townhouses, each room has its own unique layout and character.
Whether you opt for a basic room or a 5e The ground floor suite is sure to feel like you’ve arrived at your own London pied-à-terre as the design makes you feel right at home from the moment you step through the front door. And by the way, when you walk through the front door, you will be greeted by a rather glamorous host, the hotel mascot, a life-size peacock statue adorned with over 25,000 Swarovskis.
Whether you stay at the Mayfair Townhouse or not, a visit to the on-site restaurant, the Dandy Bar is a must. With all the character of a neighborhood bar that’s been around for decades, Dandy Bar is one of those places where it feels like everyone knows your name.
With plenty of nooks and crannies to unwind, the Dandy Bar is perfect for an after-work drink, dinner, or just checking emails. The cocktail menu is certainly worth a look as it is filled with drinks like: “The Earl in Mayfair” which is made up of Dubbonnet Rouge, Mancino Amaranto, Gin Infused Florence Fennel, White Bitter, Cacao and Wormwood Cordial ; ‘The Danady’, which is made with and Johnnie Walker, Blood Orange Liqueur, Apricot Eau de Vie, Barolo Chinato, Dark Cocoa Liquor. And when it comes to food, there are plenty of small plates that are perfect for sharing or larger main courses if you want something for yourself. Don’t skip the dessert either as the cheesecake is worth the calories and the tiramisu is delicious too.