London - '2 Weeks on Walton Street'
November 19th - December 3rd 2005
Coming to London to shop doesn't have to lead you to Bond Street or Sloane Street, beautiful as they are. Luxury Explorer wants you to discover new destinations as well as the classics, so we've organised an exclusive shopping experience based around two of our slinkiest London hotels.
It was Aristotle Onassis who said, "If woman didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning". You certainly get that feeling when you stroll down Walton Street - the sweetest street in Chelsea. Although it's lined with exclusive, irresistible boutiques and galleries, you are constantly reminded of the Street's feminine charm and wily ways.
Chelsea is synonymous with beauty, elegance, style and opulence. So we thought we should celebrate this well-earned reputation with an exclusive, Luxury Explorer-inspired, fortnight of incredible new fashion launches, unbelievable discounts, and specially designed '2 Weeks on Walton Street' items. The theme, of course, is quintessentially feminine and very beguiling.
Our '2 Weeks on Walton Street' commemorates the real Casanova and his antics in Venice. Apparently, during November 1755, while this adored and notorious philanderer was imprisoned in Piombi, beautiful, though masked, Venetian women would risk their lives taking him the finest wines in exquisite glasses to warm his heart and soul. These very same glasses will be on sale in all their glorious Venetian gilt splendour at Countess Ghisi's remarkable Venetian Gallery. Countess Ghisi has also agreed to custom-make some jewellery inspired by the "Feme covert" of that time.
Next, and with perhaps a little glass or trinket tucked away in your handbag, visit the Fine Art Commissions Gallery. Here, only until November 26th, England's favourite painter of the female form, Nick Bashall, will be exhibiting his mysterious nudes, and other portraits.
Next door, you may feel the need to dress your desires with sultry, soft and simply glorious, luxury night and indoor wear from Laurence Tavernier. Mention Luxury Explorer and a discount will be offered on the must-have luxury travel item for the winter: the "travel poncho". It is designed to promote peaceful, stylish slumber on the dreaded long haul, available in cashmere or wool. These ponchos are patented exclusively by the designer and will be on offer for the very first time.
With thoughts of Casanova still resonating in your head, something a little more salacious may now tempt you. Across the Street, Myla will be promoting their vampish little silk mules, with changeable, fluffy black and pink pompoms. Again, for 2 weeks only, mention Luxury Explorer for a 15% discount.
A few doors down, the much-loved Tashia boutique will be launching the latest Elizabeth Hurley swimwear range. On Wednesday the 23rd, Elizabeth will be at Tashia to personally launch her spectacular new range. This will undoubtedly ignite your summertime imagination, but, if you decide to stay in the northern hemisphere for Christmas, they also have some glorious Matthew Williamson capes and Ceila Wise tailored trousers. You'll find Gharani Stock, Antik Denim, beautiful embroidered coats by Biya, and, of course the most up-to-date "must have" kaftans, by Tashia.
Before you retire for a well-earned glass of Krug, IT'S A WRAP! The ultimate jewellery accessory, from the creator of Walton Street as we now know it, Eric Van Peterson www.vanpeterson.com. This jewellery impresario has been on Walton Street for 25 years and his loyalty and impeccable service to customers, from rock stars to movie magnates, has remained faithful since conception. For Luxury Explorer's '2 Weeks on Walton Street', Eric is offering, for the very first time, a 25% discount on all his wraps to our Members. They are so pretty and make the perfect bodily adornment or Christmas gift and come in a variety of sparkling semi-precious stones and beautiful pearls. He will also have available a small range of Luxury Explorer exclusives.
After so much fun, shopping and sensory stimulation it will be time to down a few oysters at Bibendum before heading back to one of our two fabulous hotels for some well-earned R&R - Durley House on Sloane Street, or The Berkeley in Wilton Place. Both are just minutes away by black cab and both have exclusive Luxury Explorer offers during '2 Weeks on Walton Street'.
For the two weeks only, Durley House is offering - exclusively for Luxury Explorer Members - an overnight stay in one of their glorious luxury suites with champagne and canapes on arrival and a full English breakfast brought to you by their butler. It doesn't end there, because after such an incredible start you then have, for half a day, the services of their "Proper Shopper", an experienced and well-known personal shopper who will accompany you to Walton Street and beyond. The normal room rate for a luxury suite is £440 per night, plus VAT and breakfast and the Proper Shopper service adds another £250. However, for Luxury Explorer Members, all this could be yours for an amazing £500 + VAT per night. Join Luxury Explorer by clicking on Personal Membership and then take advantage of this offer by submitting an availability request.
But if you fancy snazzy bars and Michelin stars then head for The Berkeley with its glorious Petrus restaurant. A pearl's throw from Harvey Nichols, this hotel also has several sensational seasonal offers, and the one that is so, so tempting, if you have just splurged on Walton Street, is the "Girls' Night In". Here you can be pampered in luxury pyjama-party-style with all the accoutrements from popcorn to Perignon. To celebrate '2 Weeks on Walton Street', there will be some additional little surprises for Luxury Explorer Members, including a free bottle of Laurent Perrier Rosť, when you book this memorable luxury hotel through us. Prices are from £320 for two per night, including VAT. Join Luxury Explorer by clicking on Personal Membership and then take advantage of this offer by submitting an availability request.