Bunnies and gentlemen, we’re only a week or so away from the kickoff of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games where the world’s most talented, determined and fierce athletes will join together for two weeks of nonstop adrenaline-pumping competition that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. As we’re all about experiencing the action firsthand, we present to you our guide to where to stay, eat and play this Olympiad. Just make sure you’re in as good shape as the players; this is going to be one wild ride.
160 Piccadilly, London www.thewolseley.com
A grand café in the European tradition, the Wolseley is a class act when it comes to experiencing an authentic British sit-down at one of the most swanky locales to see and be seen. Start with a rock oyster platter from Jersey, then continue your culinary experience with the succulent confit of duck or Loch Duart salmon with mint peas, finishing with the glorious Kaiserschmarren with plum compote for dessert. Tea and scones are optional.
35 Hertford Street, London www.whiskymist.com
If you haven’t heard the royal news, Playboy’s September cover model will be burlesque dancer and, more importantly, Kate Middleton’s second cousin Katrina Darling, a purported Barclay’s analyst who decided to throw in the towel for something a little more revealing, such as a “God Save the Queen” routine. We understand that you might prefer not to wait until the mag’s August 17th drop date; grab your favorite Bunny and head over to catch a (private) preview alongside Princes William and Harry as they take in the charms of our new favorite member of the British Royal Family.
1 Leicester Square, London www.thepenthouselondon.com
A notorious establishment in every sense, the Penthouse in Leicester is a roaring carnival of glamcore debauchery set to the hottest British R&B, Top 40 and club bangers the nation’s top DJs can dish out. Located in the nightlife core, the Penthouse lives up to its name in its prime spot on the 6th, 7th and 8th floors, giving the partygoers a chance to rock out level with the brilliant skyline while getting down with the likes of Kate Moss and Kelly Brook.
The Playboy Club London
14 Old Park Lane, London www.playboyclublondon.com
While of course our London Playboy Club offers its members access 24/7, Olympic partygoers can indulge in this world-class Mayfair nightlife destination if you play your cards right. We’d suggest starting at the Dining Room, where Iron Chef Judy Joo presides, followed by a jaunt to the Cottontail Lounge to catch yourself a Bunny or two. If you’re lucky, maybe they’ll agree to compete in your own private bedroom Olympics.
While London has plenty of museums, attractions, and delights to behold, while the Olympics are on, the only thing you should be paying attention to in your free time is bodies of the gorgeous female athletes who come to make their mark. Check out these events and our full guide here:
41 Buckingham Palace Road, London www.41hotel.com
As far as designer luxury hangouts go in the City of London, one looking to escape the daily grind of the British capital (and have some serious playtime with the Bunnies from the Playboy Club!) should look no further than the prestigious 41 Hotel. This central boutique destination’s goal is to await your every beckon and provide an unparalleled level of customized service that will set the standard for all your future vacation endeavors. A constant awardee in the travel circuit, you and your Bunny can look forward to staff outnumbering the guests two-to-one, the daily “Plunder the Pantry” in the executive lounge, and some exhibitionism in your glass-canopied Conservatory Master Suite (make sure to smile for the military drones hovering over the city!)
3 Westbourne Terrace, London www.theroyalpark.com
Situated in the upscale Hyde Park area of London, the Royal Park is a luxury boutique hotel in a restored 19th century townhouse complex close to Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert and Harrods; an ideal spot to escape the massive crowds that characteristically follow these sporting events. We’d suggest grabbing a Hendrick’s gin and tonic on the backyard terrace or treating your Bunny to some bubbly on your private balcony before heading out for a night on the town.
Still not luxury enough for you? Check out our 1% Travel Guide: Olympic Edition!