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the best luxury hotels in London

London does Grande Dame hotels better than perhaps any other great capital (thoughPariswould demur) and they have never been on better form, all of them now having been either comprehensively restored (such asThe Savoy and The Connaught) or thoroughly embellished and brought up to date. Only one (The Goring) is still in the hands of the same family that opened it, but all these hotels retain, if not all, then a great deal of the personality that defined them when they first opened their doors in Victorian and Edwardian days, when these flamboyant palaces first made their mark in society and the life of London.

Housed in a landmark Art Deco building dating from 1931 and facing its serpenti bracelet replica own tree filled green, The Dorchester looks like a great ocean going liner, and stands on one of the most prestigious thoroughfares in London, Park Lane. The service across the hotel is second to none, an impressive combination of easy going but always polite charm and personality and superb efficiency. The suite I stayed in, designed by Alexandra Champalimaud, was mercifully unshowy, a harmonious, gently eclectic rendition of classic English style.

Brown's consists of 11 townhouses occupying two parallel streets off Piccadilly. Founded 175 years ago by the former valet to Lord Byron, it was a favourite of Agatha Christie, Alexander Graham Bell made the first ever telephone call, and it was where Rudyard Kipling completed The Jungle Book. Redecorated in 2005, the dark mahogany panelling and fittings on the ground floor were retained, but modern furnishings and notable modern art was added. Rooms are stylish and sophisticated, with cream carpets, cosy sleigh beds, antique dressers, modern lighting and high windows.

Seven years after it was reopened after major and very necessary restoration, The Connaught feels right, a successful mix of traditional and contemporary. The staircase high imitation Bulgari sserpenti bracelet price makes the place, of course, and the shoe shine chair high imitation Bulgari snake bracelet on the first landing shows how tradition is still important with service at its core. Of the 119 rooms, 30 are in the new wing: contemporary and slightly oriental in feel, with Japanese Toto heated seat/bidet loos. The rest, by Guy Oliver, are more traditional, but light. Butlers are on hand for all the bedrooms; service is generally very good and staff commitment high.

The Mandarin Oriental backs on to Hyde Park itself, with a welcome new outdoor terrace. You'll find a Far Eastern slant on the people friendly, easy going part Edwardian, part contemporary ground floor but corridors and bedrooms that are so deeply traditional in decoration that I had to pinch myself to remember that I was in an Oriental hotel at all. The Queen would surely feel at home; quite right after all, it was in the dreamy ballroom (where today you can have yoga lessons) in the 1930s that she and Princess Margaret learned to dance.

Beginning life as elegant country house for Viscount Lanesborough in 1719, the Lanesborough was rebuilt in 1827 as St George's Hospital and only became a hotel in 1990. Perhaps this newness is what has given it probably the most cosmopolitan feel of all London's Grande Dame hotel, helped by its location overlooking ever busy Hyde Park Corner. After a year long closure it will, in June, become the latest address in the superb collection of Oetker hotels (which include Le Bristol and Eden Roc). Expect intelligent opulence and meticulous yet characterful service: Oetker Collection is family run and all their hotels have great charm.

Claridge's hotel is a legendary bolthole for kings, queens, grannies and Barbara Cartland (until she finally expired) now more frequented by those in search of British pomp with a modern twist. Reminders of a more dignified age include the wrought iron lift with its comfy seat and uniformed attendant. My old style room was a world away from that whiff of bling on the ground floor. It felt frozen in time, an Art Deco period piece that must never change. Tea in the Grand replica Bulgari snake bracelet white diamonds Foyer, to the strains of violins, is the real highlight.

Across the road from Buckingham Palace. The hotel has the great advantage of a huge private garden, surrounded by flower borders and shrubbery, with a central lawn on which croquet is played in the summer months. The recent renovation unveiled its ravishing new Front Hall, clad with hand painted wallpaper of exotic animals (some caricatures of staff and owners) in a romantic English landscape. Many rooms have been designed by Russell Sage and his bedrooms are glamorous yet homely, decorated with Gainsborough silks on the walls.
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Sep 1 '17 · 5 comments
Elizabeth Taylor's Iconic Jewels Coming To Auction VIDEO

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The late Hollywood star amassed one of the foremost jewelry collections in the world, including a 33.19 carat diamond ring and a 16th century pear shaped pearl from one of her seven husbands, Richard Burton.

The Associated Press recently viewed about two dozen of her most iconic pieces at Christie's auction house, which is selling her complete jewelry collection, valued at $30 million, in New York on Dec. 13 14.

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The stories behind them are as priceless as the gems themselves. In a 2002 memoir, "My Love Affair with Jewelry," Taylor took readers on a personal journey of her collection, describing in her own words how she came to own each piece.

"I never, never thought of my jewelry as trophies," she wrote. "I'm here to take care of them and to love them. . When I die and they go off to auction I hope whoever buys them gives them a really good home."

It's an extraordinary collection of rubies, diamonds, emeralds and sapphires in intricate and bold designs.

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The two had met in Italy on the set of the 1963 film "Cleopatra," and married for the first time in 1964.

Once part of the AA Bulgari snake bracelet price Crown Jewels of Spain, the pearl later passed into the hands of Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon III and the Duke of Abercorn.

When it came up at auction in New York, Burton snapped it up for $37,000, beating out the underbidder, a member of the Spanish Royal family.

Cartier later created a ruby and diamond necklace from which the pearl was suspended, a design that was inspired by the famous Velazquez portraits of Spain's Queen Margarita and Queen Isabel wearing the pearl as a necklace.

It is estimated to fetch $2 million to $3 million.

Taylor, who was married eight times twice to Burton died in March at age 79. The couple appeared together in about a dozen films, including "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in which Taylor played an alcoholic shrew in an emotionally sadomasochistic marriage.

Burton was enamored of historical pieces, and in 1972 purchased the famous 17th century Taj Mahal diamond pendant for Taylor's 40th birthday. The transaction took place at John F. Kennedy International Airport because the couple didn't have time to run into the city before catching a plane, said Kadakia.

The heart shaped diamond is associated with one of history's greatest love stories. It belonged to Emperor Shah Jahangir, who had the diamond inscribed with his wife's name "Nur Jahan." He later passed the stone on to his son, Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife Mumtaz, who died in childbirth.

"I would have liked to buy her the Taj Mahal but it would cost too much to transport," Burton remarked after buying it.

Cartier later recreated the diamond's original silk cord as a gold rope like necklace set with rubies and diamonds.

The necklace has a pre sale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.

"Jewelry was high imitation Bulgari sserpenti bracelet price a way of life for Elizabeth Taylor. They were her friends. She enjoyed wearing them and it gave her a lot of pleasure because they reminded her of the great moments in her life, the great places in her life," Kadakia said.

Like the time Taylor's third husband, theater and film producer Mike Todd, presented her with a red leather Cartier box as she sat by the pool at a rented villa in the south of France.

Inside was a ruby necklace, matching earrings and bracelet.

"She was so, so happy that she jumped into the pool wearing all this jewelry and started doing laps," said Kadakia, adding that the pieces will be sold separately.

One of the most extravagant gifts Taylor received from Burton was the asscher cut 33.19 carat diamond set in a platinum ring. Known as the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, Kadakia said its size and clarity "as white as they can be and potentially flawless" makes it a perfect gem.

Burton purchased it in 1968 at a New York auction for $305,000. At the December sale, it's expected to fetch $2.5 million to $3.5 million.

"Elizabeth Taylor used to refer to it as her baby and wore it as much and as often as she could," said Kadakia, including in nearly all her subsequent films.

Among the pieces of jewelry that Taylor purchased for herself was the Duchess of Windsor diamond brooch, which she got at auction for $620,000. Kadakia said she paid a big price for it for two reasons, imitation bvlgari serpenti bracelet gold to remember her friend and because the proceeds were going to a cause dear to her, AIDS research.

The brooch is estimated to bring $400,000 to $600,000.

Eighty of the most iconic pieces will be sold on the evening of Dec. 13. The following day, 189 more gems will be sold. About 500 pieces of Taylor's costume jewelry will be sold online at the same time.
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the perfect break

There is no doubting how seriously St Moritz takes its impeccably glamorous image. I watched last week as a cleaner vacuumed the pavement outside the Louis Vuitton shop. He needs to keep it looking spruce: despite the economic gloom elsewhere, there was no shortage of customers.

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Plane. A Swiss Rail Transfer Ticket costs 75 return but must be bought before you leave the UK. The splendid wood panelled reception rooms are highly traditional old fashioned, even but the quality and personal nature of the service rivals the best in the world; doubles from 155 per person B based on two sharing. Badrutts closes on March 28, re opens for summer, in June September and again in December.

You can also enjoy the resort on a more modest budget.

Spend the day

Getting to know Corviglia, the main ski area immediately above the town, and the biggest domain in the immediate vicinity. From the top of the funicular railway, which starts from the centre of town, there is access to a dozen lifts and 37 pistes, mainly reds, but with a handful of relatively straightforward blacks. The best runs are from the top of Piz Schlattain and the Gluna lift. In the right conditions, there is a lot of easily accessible off piste (though you should always hire a guide) on the mountain sides above the main runs.

Have lunch at

Chamanna (0041 79 682 50 80), just below Munt da San Murezzan, which is your best bet for good value, serving Swiss mountain classics such as rostis for about 12 and salads from 7. In both cases, it's worth booking or you may have to wait.

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Where you can. The socialising in St Moritz is relatively muted people save their energies for late night partying. However, many skiers stay up in one of the mountain bars and ski down at sunset. Or they congregate in the Roo Bar outside the Hotel Hauser. For pre prandial drinks, wine bar Pavarotti and Friends (3 plazza dal Mulin, 0041 81 833 07 00) is a local institution.

Have dinner at

Badrutt's (details as before), for a meal to invest in and to get a glimpse of St Moritz high society in the grand dining room. You might start with langoustine, then fillet steak, and finish off with the almost perfect lemon souffl; main courses cost from about 30 to 45.

Stay up late at

King's Club at Badrutt's Palace, which opens at 11pm and serves drinks until the last guest has left. Or you could try the Kulm Hotel's Dracula Club.

Spend the next day

Exploring one of the other ski areas linked to St Moritz. A regular ski bus runs along the valley. The biggest and most varied is Corvatsch, where the cable car peaks at 3,300m and gives fake Bulgari snake bracelet gold with diamonds access to a dozen long red pistes and a handful of blues. From the top it's possible to ski (red then black pistes) right back down to St Moritz a 2,500m of thigh burning vertical descent. Alternatively, Diavolezza further along the valley and suitable for confident skiiers has some of the most challenging slopes, and 13 fairly demanding reds and blacks.

Go window shopping for

Cartier, Versace, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari and Church's: Via Serlas is one long line of high status designer goods, with prices well beyond most pockets.
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