Joseph Reaney

Correspondent

  • London, England, UK

Joseph Reaney is the London correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide and also covers a range of other European cities for Forbes Travel Guide. A freelance British travel journalist based across Europe (in London, Prague and Vaduz), he writes articles and guides for luxury publications including The Telegraph, Virgin Airlines and Vertu Select, and is the founder and editor-in-chief of the travel writing service WorldWORDS. Reaney also blogs about his travels at josephreaney.com.

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  • On September 30, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London?

    Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London’s prime location overlooking Hyde Park makes it a desirable destination any time of the year as you can watch the seasons changing from the comfort of the London hotel. There are also different reasons to visit the surrounding area all year round, whether it’s in summer for the musical festivals in the park or during winter for the January sales on London’s most prestigious shopping street. Perhaps the most beautiful time to visit Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is during the holiday season, as it teams up with partners such as Harrods to festoon the public spaces of the hotel with white poinsettia and red berries, creating an enchanting ambiance to get you in the Christmas spirit.
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    Where is Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London located?

    Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London boasts what is arguably London’s most luxurious hotel address. Not only is it located at the heart of the exclusive Knightsbridge district — famous for upmarket retail outlets such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols and flagship stores for Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik, as well as some of the highest property prices in the world — but it also has Hyde Park skirting its back. When you’re not shopping and just taking in the neighborhood, the hotel is within walking distance of some of London’s most popular attractions, including Buckingham Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, the Natural History Museum and Apsley House.
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    What’s the best time to visit The Goring?

    There is never a bad time to visit The Goring in London’s Belgravia district, but there are certainly changes in its character throughout the year. Those looking for some peace and quiet will best enjoy January through April and the month of August, while those hoping for lots of activity can find it from May through July and from September through December. In addition, summer visitors can enjoy wandering through (and dining in) the beautiful private hotel gardens, while festive visitors can enjoy the Christmas tree on the lawn and decadent decorations throughout. But whatever is happening within The Goring, you can also be certain there will be something interesting going on outside in the vibrant capital, every day of the year.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What kinds of massages are offered at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London?

    The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London offers a range of pampering massages that incorporate practices and therapeutic treatments from around the world. One of the most popular massages is the Oriental Essence. The rubdown targets the neck and shoulders and uses the spa’s own blend of ginger, mandarin and frankincense oil. If you really need to stomp out tension, there’s the therapeutic massage in which therapists use their elbows and forearms. You can also get an aromatherapy, hot stone and four-hand massage, of if you’ve been pounding the pavement in the nearby shops, there’s the Oriental Foot Therapy, which includes a wonderful fragrant soak. Be sure to ask about the spa’s “Journeys” as well. The English Rose treatment, for example, includes a rose-infused poultice massage, while the Chinese medicine consult includes acupuncture, acupressure and massage.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What is the best way to get an appointment at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London?

    The best — or at least the fastest — way to get an appointment at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London is to call it up. The spa is open between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day of the week, with treatments available from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday to Thursday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday to Monday. You can call the reservations team directly on + 44 (0) 20 7838 9888. You can also email the spa team at molon-spa@mohg.com or fill out a spa inquiry form online at www.mandarinoriental.com/london/luxury-spa/.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What are the rooms like at The Savoy?

    No two bedrooms in The Savoy are the same. While all hotel room interiors are designed in either traditional English Edwardian or elegant Art Deco style — aesthetics that are reflected throughout the London hotel — all rooms boast original features that ensure they are clearly distinguishable from their neighbors. The regular Savoy Rooms include queen-size beds, writing desks, flat-screen TVs, MP3 players and bespoke furnishings, while nine higher-end Personality Suites have been inspired by famous guests from the hotel’s rich history — from Noël Coward to Marlene Dietrich — and come complete with their own Savoy Butlers. Then, at the very highest end of the scale, there’s the fifth-floor Royal Suite, which arguably offers the best view in London. Rooms at The Savoy start from approximately $550, with suites from $1,750.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    What are the rooms like at The Dorchester?

    The Dorchester in London’s posh Mayfair district has a total of 250 rooms, and all of them are a blend of Art Deco elegance and modern conveniences. The 196 guest bedrooms with king, twin, or queen beds start at about $475 per night and rates go up from there for the 51 luxury suites and three ultra-decadent roof suites. Every room at The Dorchester is individually decorated to offer a character all their own, though they all share the hotel’s classic English residential style. You’ll find bathrooms featuring Italian marble, etched glass, and chrome fittings that reflect the Art Deco style popular at the hotel’s inception. While the standard guest rooms are quite luxurious,  if you really want to reach new heights, head for one of the hotel’s three roof suites, which have tariffs starting at $6,400. Created by New York-based interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud, the contemporary suites come complete with dressing rooms and large terraces, stunning views across the capital and a team of dedicated butlers.
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    What are the best places to spot celebrities in London?

    In almost all cases, celebrity status and enviable wealth go hand in hand – so the best way to spot celebrities in London is to head to its most exclusive and expensive locations.

    You are all-but-guaranteed to notice a famous face if you opt for a lavish dinner at haute cuisine restaurants like The Ivy or Nobu, choose to spend a night at five star hotels such as The Savoy or Claridge's, or enjoy an evening drink at a chic joint like Mahiki in Westminster or Chinawhite in Soho (or, if you can somehow manage to get in, at The Groucho Club).

    However, celebrity-spotting doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. You can also run into the odd celebrity simply by hanging around in the vicinity of Leicester Square on a Friday night (there's bound to be at least one major Hollywood premiere on) or strolling up and down Portobello Road in Notting Hill (a fashion street popular with the likes of Kate Moss and Sienna Miller).

    And if that fails, try the traditional British pubs The Hawley Arms in Camden (a popular haunt for everyone from Kirsten Dunst to Simon Pegg, and the one-time regular of Amy Winehouse) and St Margarets in Twickenham (it's close to a major film studio, so a regular with several movie directors and actors).
  • On July 23, 2013
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    What are the best makeup stores in London?

    There are a plethora of wonderful makeup stores available right across the British capital, from time-honored locations like Liberty Beauty Hall in Great Marlborough Street, Soho to more contemporary additions like Being Content in 14 Bulstrode Street, Marylebone.

    However, if you're looking for a one-stop shop for all things makeup, the best option is a trip to Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush. This enormous retail cathedral is home to a range of beauty stores where you can not only buy high-quality make up products, but also have cosmetics applied by professional beauticians. Our top three picks in this huge shopping mall are the British specialists MAC Cosmetics (which can be found on the first floor), Italian makeup brand KIKO MAKE UP MILANO (on the second level), and the ever-popular Swedish concept cosmetics space Make Up Store (also on the second level).
  • On July 17, 2013
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    Where is the best outlet shopping in London?

    The best fashion outlet in London is Aquascutum Factory Shop in Hackney. This great store sells a plethora of designer threads from super-smart suits to on-trend chunky cardigans – and everything in between – in a wide range of sizes, styles and brands.

    It isn't just men's, women's and kids' clothes either; you can also find stunning accessories ranging from bags, scarves and hats to belts, ties and cufflinks. You can even find specialist items like golf gear, business and travel gifts and the occasional item of homeware. And everything in the store is discounted by as much as 30 percent.

    Looking for a specific designer brand? No problem - several fashion designers have outlet stores in London. Two of the best include Paul Smith Outlet Store in Mayfair and The Burberry Factory Store in Hackney.
  • On July 17, 2013
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    What are the best stores for designer clothes in London?

    If you're looking for fine designer fashion in London, you should focus your attention in one of three areas. The first is the famous Oxford Street, where you can venture into one of its many department stores (including Selfridge's and John Lewis) and find large clothing sections awash with designer labels. The second is Bond Street, where you can find an eye-watering selection of big-name designer boutiques, including Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Ralph Lauren. And the third is King's Road, where you'll find a wealth of alternative fashions from truly individual designers.

    When it comes to choosing particular stores, we would recommend picking up threads born and bred in London. Some famous flagship London fashion design stores include Vivienne Westwood at 44 Conduit Street in Mayfair, Stella McCartney at 30 Bruton Street in Mayfair, Paul Smith on Floral Street in Covent Garden, Alexander McQueen at 4-5 Old Bond Street, and Jimmy Choo at 32 Sloane Street in Knightsbridge.
  • On July 16, 2013
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    What are the best places to buy shoes in London?

    Those who desire designer shoes on their feet, but don't have much time on their hands, should head straight to Selfridges on Oxford Street. The shoe department of this historic store is the largest in the world, and boasts extensive collections from designers including Jimmy Choo, Louboutin, Vans, Prada, Givenchy, Manolo Blahnik and Balenciaga. If you're planning to do a lot of walking in London, Oxford Street is also the perfect place to pick up a pair of casual shoes, with high street shops including Mango, Dune, Esprit, Bershka and Walk.

    Alternatively, if you do have the time to seek out individual stores, you'll be rewarded. Take a trip to the celebrity-favorite Church's on Regent's Street in the West End, or head for top shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood on Mount Street in Mayfair. Or if you're looking for something a little less conventional, consider a trip to Irregular Choice in Carnaby Street, Soho.
  • On July 16, 2013
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    What are the best fine jewelry stores in London?

    There are a wealth of fine jewelry stores spread throughout the British capital. However, if you are looking for the widest selection within the smallest area, you should take a trip to Hatton Garden. Located between Chancery Lane and Farringdon, in the central district of Holborn, this long street and the area around it has been the center of London's jewelry since medieval times. To this day, it remains one of the world's great hubs for the diamond trade. And it is somewhere to pick up exquisite jewelry for exceptionally reasonable prices.

    There are almost 300 businesses in Hatton Garden that revolve around on the jewelry industry, and of these more than 55 of these are retailers. So the best policy is to put aside half a day to browse the various stores, speak to the various experts and wait for something to catch your eye.

    However, if you're really looking for a particular piece, there are certain stores to seek out. For stunning diamond engagement rings made by artisan designers, head to Savvy and Sand at 88-90 Hatton Garden. For incredible handmade gold wedding bands, try Ivan Dvorak at 63-66 Hatton Garden. And for contemporary pieces in various designs, metals and stones, make a beeline for Durrants on the adjacent Greville Street.