by Helen Kirwan Taylor, Brides
The U.K. is all the rage, thanks to a certain couple (Will and Kate), a certain sporting event (the Olympics), and a certain PBS series we can't get enough of (all hail Downton Abbey). So we planned a week of big-city and rural adventures across the pond, starting with a stay at the Charlotte Street Hotel, which is brilliantly located near Covent Garden, Mayfair, and Soho and has 52 brightly colored, cozy rooms-plus a stylish drawing room where you can help yourselves to wine and fancy Scotch from the honor bar. From $495; Another gem is Blakes, in cushy South Kensington, where the 47 rooms and Opium Den lounge have a sexy, Far East feel and you may bump into Gwyneth dodging paparazzi.
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Morning Skip the soulless, corporate behemoths and go for a boutique experience. Try the Charlotte Street Hotel, which is brilliantly located near Covent Garden, Mayfair, and Soho and has 52 brightly