When it comes to spoiling yourself silly, lounging around on a private yacht is a surefire way to feel like a VIP. Aboard the Princess V48 motor yacht, appropriately named the Happy Bunny, you can easily spot the famous landmarks in style without ever mingling with the masses.
Opt to cruise to Alderney if you have a few days. It's often described as the most British of the Channel Islands. Here, you can hop out and walk among the puffins, rabbits and, if you're lucky, the elusive blonde hedgehogs. Short on time? Choose a day trip down the River Thames instead.
The crew will even take you on a small, high-speed boat for water skiing and wakeboarding lessons. You'll have alfresco BBQ by day and fancy dinners by night. For an extra special touch, arrange the services of a Michelin-trained chef to prepare your meals.
Get schooled in chocolate: Melange Chocolate Shop & Cafe
If you have a passion for high-quality chocolates and dream of playing the part of Willy Wonka, the chocolatiers at Melange can help. At this whimsical store, try your hand at creating sweet treats through chocolate-making classes and even chocolate painting.
Start by a sampling cocoa beans and a selection of chocolate bars. Then, learn the art of truffle making by flavoring and shaping different types of delectable fillings. If that's not your cup of tea, then opt for chocolate painting, where guests whip up delicious pieces of edible art. If you visit in October, be sure to check out Chocolate Week, a festival where the capital's best chocolatiers offer up to-die-for desserts.
184 Bellenden Road, London
Sip on afternoon tea: The Cadogan Hotel
The perfect way to unwind in London is, of course, to sip tea in the afternoon. The Cadogan has been serving afternoon tea since 1887, so, by now, they have perfected it.
Relax among the original artworks, stained glass windows and oversized mirrors while nibbling on finger sandwiches, home baked scones, Chelsea buns and a variety of Partridges teas, supplied by the queen's grocer, Partridges of Chelsea.
You'll be feeling positively British and blissfully stress-free in no time.
5 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London
Stop and smell the roses: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The Royal Botanic Gardens are, hands-down, among London's most beautiful and serene places. So it's no surprise the gardens were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
This 750-acre botanical garden is a maze bursting with color and unusual greenery.
It's also the ideal spot for some serious tranquility. Take a tour of Kew's Palm House, considered one of the most important surviving Victorian iron and glass structures in the world, or visit the treetop walkway, which takes you under the ground and then up 59 feet in the air to see the mammoth oaks from a different angle.
Afterward, get a feel for royal living by peeking into Queen Charlotte's Cottage, an 18th-century thatched cottage that was a private haven for Queen Charlotte and her family in the 18th century.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond, Greater London