Glamorous and luxurious, 45 Park Lane is the younger sibling in The Dorchester family of 5-star hotels. As soon as you check in, you'll be assigned a personal host - a mix of concierge and general fixer - who will assist you throughout your stay.
CUT - Wolfgang Puck's first European venture - is here, and the jaw-dropping bar is yet another reason not to rush out of this magnificent art deco hotel.
But when the time comes and the jet lag wears off, Bond Street nearby is THE place for shopping in London. Louis Vuitton Maison stocks the most rare and exclusive LV's finds, and you'll find the latest fashions at Bvlgari, Burberry, Channel, Dior, Emporio Armani, Gucci, Cartier and Prada. Add antiques auction houses, exclusive jewellers, art galleries and fine restaurants to the mix, and subtract a few thousand pounds from your bank account.
After your shopping extravaganza, next door to Fortnum's is The Ritz, which serves an excellent afternoon tea accompanied by the resident pianist. Make sure you've booked in advance with your personal host/fixer, otherwise your chances of getting a table are slim. Ties and jackets are required for the gents.
If one day of shopping is not enough to help with that jet lag, Harrods is just across Hyde Park on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge. You could walk there, but then who would carry all the shopping bags back? Knightsbridge is also home to Harvey Nichols, another shopping mecca for Saudi Princes and Chinese princesses alike.
There is also plenty of culture to take in, so once your shopping bags are dropped off, head to the National History and the Science Museums. Both impressive in their own right, The National History Museum has dinosaur and whale skeletons hanging from the ceilings, while the Science Museum is a higher tech and interactive option.
For a taste of the high life outside the Mayfair/Knightsbridge bubble, head to SushiSamba and grab a cocktail in the heights of Heron Tower in the square mile, bordering East London. Needless to say, the views from the 39th floor fare a spectacular side for the South American-Japanese fusion cuisine.