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Debbie and Basil Rudawsky travel to London for a kids-free, 5-day romantic getaway. With a budget of $10,000, the couple is ready to splurge in celebration of their wedding anniversary, so they want to make sure they’re well taken care of. 960 1280

  

Sanctum Hotel

Sanctum Hotel

Debbie and Basil’s first stop is the Sanctum Hotel in London’s SoHo – a 4-star boutique hotel converted from 2 historic townhouses and known for its hip clientele. A luxury junior suite will cost the Rudawskys $4,500 for their 5-night stay. 960 1280

Sanctum Hotel  

Sanctum Hotel

Sanctum Hotel

The Sanctum SoHo is known for its edgy rock-and-roll glamour. 960 1280

  

Sanctum Hotel

Sanctum Hotel

At the No. 20 restaurant at the Sanctum Soho Hotel, Debbie and Basil sample different varieties of Jack Daniels – a different take on traditional afternoon tea. While the Rudawskys enjoy getting out of their comfort zone, the rock-and-roll glamour of the Sanctum SoHo isn’t quite Debbie’s style. But the hotel scores on budget and location. 960 1280

  

Debbie and Basil can’t wait to start their romantic, kid-free getaway. But first, they’ll have to decide where they’ll be staying. 960 1280

  

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Basil and Debbie’s next stop takes them out to the English countryside to Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa, where more traditional luxury and 45,000-square-feet of spa facilities grab Debbie’s attention. Unfortunately, this regal retreat will cost the Rudawskys $12,000 for their 5-night stay. 960 1280

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Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

The Rudawskys love the regal feel of the Pennyhill Park Hotel, but Basil isn’t thrilled that it’s located almost an hour west of central London. 960 1280

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Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill’s general manager gives the Rudawskys a tour of the 5-star luxury hotel. 960 1280

  

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

While at the Pennyhill Park Hotel, the Rudawskys go clay pigeon shooting. 960 1280

  

Stafford Hotel

Stafford Hotel

Debbie and Basil’s last stop brings them to the Stafford Hotel in central London’s historic St. James neighborhood. The Stafford is known for its classic luxury, as well as its 300-year-old wine cellar. A historic luxury suite in the small, intimate hotel will cost $6,500 for Debbie and Basil’s 5-night romantic getaway. 960 1280

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Stafford Hotel

Stafford Hotel

The Rudawskys enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the Stafford Hotel. 960 1280

  

Stafford Hotel

Stafford Hotel

The world-famous American Bar at the Stafford Hotel. 960 1280

The Stafford London by Kempinski  

The Rudawskys explore London as they try to make a decision. Will it be the sprawling resort in the English countryside, the rock-and-roll boutique hotel or the more traditional historic hotel? 960 1280

  

London Eye

London Eye

The Rudawskys call the “winning” hotel while on the London Eye. Find out which one they pick on Top Spot: London. 960 1280

  

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