The eyes of the world turned to London last yearfor the highly anticipated Royal Wedding of PrinceWilliam and Kate Middleton; this year England'scapital city once again hoists the Union Jack, thistime for the Olympic Games. Come 27 July, London will welcomecrowds of visitors for this world-famous event. If you're amongthem, expect to see this historic city at its most compelling,particularly if you make reservations at the best hotels andrestaurants, or, even better, charter your own private superyachton the Thames. PILLOW TALKFollow in the impeccably fashionable footsteps of England's newDuchess of Cambridge by booking into The Goringhotel. Justup the road from Buckingham Palace, this is where KateMiddleton spent the night before her wedding to Prince William.More than a century old, the hotel reflects classic Englishelegance, with its terrace being the perfect venue for afternoon44Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2012Celebrating the Olympic Games and The Queen'sDiamond Jubilee, London wins the crown as thecity in which to be seen,says Ella CarlislegaLemt tehsecommence
SPRING-SUMMER 2012I sea&iI45cityguidetea. The Dorchester, meanwhile, is celebrating 80 years ofhospitality and is the chosen hotel of royalty, ambassadors andcelebrities, but if you fancy the legendary hotel's style in a moremodern package, make reservations at the nearby 45 Park Lane,which was opened by the Dorchester Collection last summer.Another new London property is the Grange Tower BridgeHotel, ideal for the eco-conscious as it's one of the most energy-efficient hotels to open in recent years. The indoor pool alonemakes it worth a visit as, at 25 metres, it is half way to beingOlympic worthy.If you haven't been to London for a few years, another classicfavourite that has seen a remarkable £100 million restoration (themost ambitious update for any hotel in British history) is TheSavoy, which retains all its original Art Deco and English Edwardianglamour and adds a few new treats - such as the two-bedroomRoyal Suite. The Landmarkon Marylebone Road is another long-time favourite, built in 1899 and a truly grand hotel, while the FourSeasons at Park Lane, inspired by nearby Hyde Park, which manyrooms overlook, offers sleek modern accommodation, fine diningand a glass-walled rooftop spa with 360-degree views.EAT, DRINK, DANCELondon has plenty to tempt your taste buds. CUT at 45 Park Lanerepresents the European debut of celebrated chef and restaura-teur Wolfgang Puck, while a stone's throw from BuckinghamPalace you can dine on Michelin-starred Indian cuisine at TheQuilon. The West End's The Ivyalso remains ever-popular. Thecity's most famous boulevard, Piccadilly in St James', is home tomany treats, including The Wolseley, complete with majestic pil-lars, arches and stairways - the perfect spot for a leisurelybreakfast, while The Ritztriumphs for afternoon tea. Then nipnext door to Fortnum & Masonto stock up on the finest Englishteas, confectionery and hampers in a shop so grand it resemblesa luxury hotel, with an incredible history dating back to 1707.Sketch, on Conduit Street, was conceived by French masterchef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz and offers?