Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Location, location, location. Steps away from Hyde Park, Harrods and trendy Sloane Street, the five star Jumeirah Carlton Tower is an elegant hideaway in Knightsbridge that is fit for a modern day princess. It’s the first hotel that sprang to mind when I consulted the gorgeous UAE-based fashion designer and social media star Tamara Al Gabbani about her favourite hotel in London. Like her, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower is all about luxury, class and warmth.

Sweet Suite

That park view terrace really steals hearts. It’s one of the reasons Tamara loves this city hotel.


You can get the same view from your bedroom window if you book early enough to nab a park view room. The interiors are all cream and brown leather – the perfect backdrop to the greenery ahead.

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Even the bathrooms show beautiful attention to detail. Marble, marble everywhere!




Yes, yes, of course a fantastic hotel like this would have an all star restaurant like the infamous Rib Room, where you will have the best steak of your life (don’t forget to order a side of the creamiest mashed potatoes ever). It’s the afternoon tea at Chinoiserie that you need to make sure not to miss. It’s a girly-girl’s dream come true.

jumeirah carlton afternoon tea

Shoes made out of cake!



From a rooftop indoor pool to well trained therapists, the Peak Health Spa is very popular with locals and tourists alike. You’ll even enjoy it if you do nothing but sit poolside with a stack of magazines while it drizzles outside.

jumeirah carlton spa

jumeirah carlton health club

Fun Times

You’ll get a lovely sunset view from the Rooftop Bar, though the hotel is situated in one of the trendiest parts of London where there is no shortage of trendy restaurants, bars and clubs to hop to. Here’s an idea: head to the Rooftop Bar and point out where you plan to go next 😀

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In London, layering is a practical and fun way to enjoy a stylish stay in the city. The beautiful Tamara’s look is elegant and it helps that her wardrobe has some seriously covetable pieces. Here is some inspiration to Get Tamara’s Look:

Jumeirah Carlton by Tamara Al Gabbani


Patrizia Pepe long sleeve shirt
490 AED – yoox.com

Chanel tweed jacket
10,650 AED – 1stdibs.com

High waisted legging

Manolo Blahnik pumps
2,185 AED – bergdorfgoodman.com

Chanel purse

Vivienne Westwood pearl jewelry
330 AED – vanmildert.com


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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