Since they say life begins at 40, the milestone deserves to be celebrated in style. If you’re looking to treat the special lady in your life, our team of tastemakers have shortlisted a number of the finest and most memorable luxury 40th birthday gifts for her.
5. Champagne Afternoon Tea at the World Famous Ladurée
Take the special lady to an indulgent afternoon tea at the world’s most prestigious macaron makers, Ladurée. Located on Covent Garden, the little coloured macaron gems pack a punch, alongside finger sandwiches, freshly baked pastries and champagne. To accompany the food, choose from a range of teas that would impress even Mr. Twining himself or opt for coffee or hot chocolate instead.
4. Cocktails for Two at Purple Bar
Impress with the most stylish of gifts at the trendy Purple Bar. It was the American comedian and writer David Sedaris who said nothing could “match the healing powers of a well made cocktail”, and it’s easy to see what he meant with the mixology on display here. Each guest will enjoy two cocktails alongside a platter of canapés to share.
3. Michelin Star Lunch for Two at Amesta
The team behind the world-famous, three Michelin star Arzak restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain, have brought the concept to London with Amesta. A perfect culinary gift, indulge in a selection of the finest tapas, such as an Iberico ham plate, to start, before a flavoursome and inventive main course, such as Ox Cheek with Vanilla. Guests will be brought tea or coffee and petit fours to finish.
2. Perfume Personalisation at Floris, London
Give your special someone the unique opportunity to design their very own fragrance at the UK’s oldest perfumer, Floris. She will enjoy a 90 minute consultation with the Floris perfumer, before designing a personalised fragrance especially for her. This shop has history: it was founded by Juan Floris in 1730 and, to this day, remains a family run business that has delighted customers including Marilyn Monroe and HM Queen Elizabeth II.
1. 5-Star Personalised Spa Day at The Corinthia, London
Undoubtedly the ultimate luxury 40th birthday gift for her, this is a spa day that goes well beyond the ordinary. Named the ‘Best European Spa’ of 2013 by The Times, ESPA Life at The Corinthia offers unparalleled, hi-tech facilities including a thermal floor with heat experiences and a silver steeled swimming pool that includes air and water massage jets. In addition to accessing all facilities, she will be treated to two hours of fully personalised treatments from an expert therapist.