Europe is graced with a beautiful kind of culture. From art galleries and museums to high-end shopping and five-star hotels, London, Paris and Milan all offer something a little bit different, but entirely luxurious.
As the capital of England and primary home of the Royal Family, it is only right to expect true grandeur from the city of London. From the luxury of Mayfair and its surrounding areas, high-end shopping, hotels and restaurants are very easy to find in London. For shopping, there’s perhaps nowhere more renowned than Harrods. The store offers floor after floor of luxurious shopping, with an impressive interior and array of eateries inside, too.
If you’re looking to stay for a night or two in the city, then The Stafford London Kempinski is the ideal place to rest your head in absolute decadence. The hotel is an elegant place with traditional features, and rooms which you’ll find difficult to leave.
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is full to the brim with timeless luxury, and is worth a visit if you’re in the lovely Knightsbridge area. The sculpture and art on display here epitomises luxury through the ages, and is the best place to lap up some elegance in the busy city.
Though the city is full of iconic structures, it is in the less ostentatious buildings that you’ll find Paris’ luxurious streak. That is with one exception – the Louvre Museum. With the controversial glass pyramids that sit in the square outside the magnificent building, the galleries are filled with some of the most important art pieces in the world.
Soaking up so much culture is hungry business, and Paris is renowned for its incredible food. For true luxury, try Akrame Restaurant. The restaurant gained its first Michelin star in only its first year of opening – something usually unheard of – and is sure to be the decadent meal that is worthy of the French capital.
Along with its food, Paris is a designer shopping destination. Good fashion is seemingly effortless for the native Parisian, and that’s no surprise when you see the names that line the city streets. The centre of the Paris fashion district is in the Faubourg Saint-Honoré district, and is home to Versace, Hermes and Yves Saint Laurent – it doesn’t get much more luxurious than that.
Battling Paris for the title of fashion capital, Milan is also home to some of the more luxurious shopping destinations. Though there are a few versions of the department store scattered around various other Italian cities, the Milan La Rinascente remains as the flagship store, offering luxury in clothing, beauty products and household items.
The importance of the place that luxury fashion holds in the city doesn’t end there. Iconic brand Dolce & Gabbana have grown beyond reams of fabric, and now have their own concept restaurant and bar in Milan – Gold. The food looks as exquisite as you’d expect from the designer brand, and a trip here would be the perfect way to lap up the fashion and design culture that Milan has to offer.
The city isn’t solely about luxury fashion though, with a rich culture and historic buildings acting as the bones that hold Milan together. The Santa Maria delle Grazie is home to Leonardo Di Vinci’s The Last Supper – you can find the fresco in the refectory of the church, and the whole area is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It can be tough to get in here, but it’s something that is well worth the visit if you’re in Milan.
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