When it comes to motor sports, the British Grand Prix remains one of the world’s premier motor racing events. The event take place at Silverstone – the home of British motor racing – across three days from today, and will be a showcase of the best racing cars on the planet.
Now you may not be Lewis Hamilton, and as such don’t have the opportunity to race a formula one car around a track. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t drive some of the most exclusive luxury and supercars on the planet. Our recommendation over the British Grand Prix this weekend is as follows: Stay at one of London’s finest hotels, rent a supercar for the short journey up to Silverstone, and then return back to the capital to experience the finest restaurants, bars and clubs the UK has to offer.
To make your life easier, listed below – in no particular order – is our hand-curated list of the luxury attractions you must check out in London during the British Grand Prix.
When visiting London for the British Grand Prix, you will no doubt want to experience a sensational dining and entertainment experience. We suggest you pull up to DSTRKT, a £25 million restaurant, bar and club venture based in Piccadilly. This magnificently expensive nightspot plays host to the world’s only VIP bar made of precious black stone; making it a great choice for those seeking elegance and extravagance.
Set in a landmark Victorian building that was once the Secret Service’s HQ, this luxury hotel is prime location for getting out and seeing what London has to offer. Elegant modern rooms have everything you will need to make you feel at home, while some rooms even have views overlooking the river Thames. The hotel also houses a plus, fine-dining restaurant, a relaxed lounge and cocktail bar and an outdoor terrace.
Think fruity drinks, wicker seating and tropical flora at this extravagant Polynesian-style club. Based in Piccadilly, Mahiki has long been considered one of London’s most popular clubs. Don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity in here too, as the club has been frequented by Rihanna, Lady Gaga and even the princes.
Gymkhana is an Indian restaurant that fuses the regency of India with modern Great Britain to create a unique dining experience. Regularly heralded as the ‘best Indian food in London’, this Raj-themed Mayfair venue is designed with lead-framed glass screens, brass-edged tables, and walls clad with sporting prints and sketches. A must for those that enjoy the finest food and lavish surroundings.
Set over a ground-breaking 27,000 sq ft in The Stables Market, Camden this spectacular two floor restaurant, bar and club offers amazing food, drinks and live music. The lower floor is complemented by a display of 20ft high warrior statues and the Mezzanine level offers a champagne bar and cocktail lounge overlooking the stunning braai restaurant. Carved wooden murals cover every inch of Shaka Zulu’s walls and ceiling making it a beautiful space to visit after a day watching the races.
Conrad London St. James sits on the doorstep of Westminster, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, boasting not only a prime location but also chic design and intuitive service. The interior of the hotel is beautiful, with eye-catching art and sculptures. The hotel even houses a gallery of Gerald Scarfe cartoons and humorous political caricatures, reminding guests of the hotel’s proximity to the Westminster Village.
Situated in the vibrant, tech-heavy Shoreditch area, M by Montcalm is a brand new boutique hotel offering luxurious accommodation and a whole host of amenities. Chic rooms offer marble bathrooms, 37-inch flat-screens and even a Nespresso machine for those early mornings. Amenities include a hip cocktail bar/bistro serving a modern British menu, and an acclaimed 17th-floor restaurant with city views.
2 & 8 Club is an intimate nightclub based in the basement of the sophisticated Morton’s Private Members Club. It is designed to feel like a lavish home from home, and the owners promise to make every customer feel like a rock star. Expect the highest quality drinks and very intimate surroundings. Turn up in an Aston Martin Rapide to fully complete that high-class British experience.
Barrafina is an exquisite, no-reservation tapas bar located in Soho (& not in Covent Garden too). Recently awarded the accolade of being voted the best restaurant in the UK, this stellar Spanish restaurant offers an exquisite range of food and drinks. Most notable is the freshest seafood which is prepared right in front of you, definitely a place not to miss when in London for the Grand Prix.
The Maddox Club has been a constant fixture in the Mayfair nightclub scene having won a range of Best Club Awards for over seven years. This popular members’ club has a minimalist and modern interior; with an Italian restaurant, a lengthy cocktail list, and an outdoor courtyard area. As with any renowned luxury club in London, it regularly plays host to a celebrity crowd.