I immediately started doing what I always do in these situations...pinning things like crazy on Pinterest. Possible hotels:
Lime Tree Hotel is a strong contender...I love the boxwood British orderliness of it, plus it is family owned and operated, breakfast is included and it's in an adorable Belgravia neighborhood. I've never actually been, but I have walked up and down the streets and looked at all the shops--thank you Google maps!
Through my other planning efforts, I started making a list of cannot miss shops that must be visited. HIGH on the list is Smythson of Bond Street:
As Holly Golightly remarked of Tiffany's, in response to getting "the mean reds", "Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany's. Calms me down right away. The quietness and proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there."
This is precisely the feeling I have about Smythson--quality, grace, precision and order all in one scrummy package:
These beautiful boxes give a mere glimpse of the treasures that most certainly lie within. I can feel my blood pressure drop just looking at them...
As if that weren't enough of an endorsement, they have the added PR of SamCam, or Samantha Cameron, wife to British Prime Minister David Cameron.
On my current lust list:
The luggage tag that discreetly announces your home address on one side and your destination address on the other. Should Virgin Atlantic lose my luggage, they will hopefully know that the owner of this bag means business.
Photos courtesy of the respective company websites and Town and Country magazine.