Inside the exclusive Purple Bar
From luxury cinemas to fine dining and a delightful cocktail evening, there are all manner of luxury birthday gifts for her that are sure to impress. Our resident TRULY tastemakers run through the finest birthday experiences for women.
5. Luxury Cinema Experience for Two
Head to the state-of-the-art cinema at the prestigious Soho Hotel to view their ‘film of the week’ in the most luxurious of settings. This is movie-going from a bygone era – when ‘picture palaces’ would make the whole cinema experience much more of an occasion. Either before or after the film, both guests can indulge in their choice of afternoon tea, lunch or dinner.
4. Tutored Tea Tasting for Two with the Rare Tea Company
Even despite the rise of the coffee shop, we Brits remain a nation of tea lovers. And where to find the very best tea in Britain? Ask those in the know and most will answer with two words: Henrietta Lovell. Her Rare Tea Company offer a tutored tea tasting session with one of the company’s experts. Guests will enjoy a minimum of four of the finest cuppas with delicious scones and clotted cream. Afterwards, a unique tea-based cocktail can be enjoyed – one of the Rare Tea Company’s luxury specialities. After the occasion, your recipient will take home a bespoke gift bag, including teaware and a tin of tea.
3. Romantic Bruges Getaway with Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour
A magical medieval city, Bruges is a quaint picture of cobbled lanes and canals, stunning architecture and rich history. There can surely be few destinations that offer romance quite so wonderfully. On this break, a luxury two night stay in one of the city’s finest boutique hotels is accompanied by a Michelin star meal at one of Bruge’s best restaurants and one of the city’s highlights: a horse-drawn carriage tour through the town.
2. Double Michelin Star Imaginative Cuisine at Hibiscus
Aside from its two Michelin stars, Hibiscus was recently named the 5th best restaurant in the UK by the Good Food Guide. And little wonder – the innovative cuisine reared by acclaimed chef Claude Bosi is just as picturesque as it is delicious. The tasting menu features eight courses that are very much based on seasonal ingredients, while guests also receive a special cocktail carefully mixed by the sommelier.
1. Cocktail Evening at the Exclusive Purple Bar
The exclusive Purple Bar was labelled by the Guardian as “faintly ridiculous but terribly desirable”. Frankly I can’t think of a better recommendation. Treat your recipient to an extra-special birthday treat, as she and her chosen plus one indulge in two of the bar’s finest cocktails each. A platter of appetising canapés will also be served. The bar is usually only open to those on its exclusive guest-list and people staying at the five-star Sanderson Hotel where it is located.