Welcome to the London Hotel and Visitors' Guide!
Whether you require a luxury hotel in London, one of the charming and elegant boutique hotels London, a comfortable London bed and breakfast, a five star hotel in London or a cheap backpackers' room, we're here to help! And we also have a great selection of places to eat, so you need never be short of ideas to help you find just the right kind of eating place for the occasion.
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Sunday night blues?
If you find yourself searching for great entertainment on a Sunday night in London, head for Leicester Square. For while almost all of the West End theatres are closed on a Sunday, the perfect way to round off a weekend is to visit the Comedy Store.....read more.
Why not stay out of town?
If you’re considering a city break, then it’s a good idea to think outside the box when it comes to booking accommodation. Or, at least, think outside the centre. Read more.
Specially Featured Luxury Hotels in London!
Threadneedles Hotel is a classic five star boutique hotel, built in the nineteenth century and retaining all its period ornamentation, yet modernised to perfection, to maximise the effects of charm and comfort. Originally a banking hall built in 1856 Threadneedles can be found right in the heart of London’s business centre, close to The Bank of England and the City’s major financial institutions (EC2R 8AY).
The building was founded as the nerve centre for the London, City and Midland Bank as can be seen from the classical pillars and huge stained glass cupola within the atrium. In recent times, the building was acquired by a hotel group and refurbished to provide accommodation that is supremely comfortable and modern within an aura of grandeur. There are sixty-nine guestrooms and suites of various grades to suit all tastes. Even the standard rooms are opulent and the superior rooms are out of this world, with lavish decorations and all the modern comforts one would expect from a first class establishment. Guests can sample avant-garde French cuisine in the Bonds, the chic restaurant found in the old banking hall. The walnut panelled walls, marble floors and classical stone architecture is all original. Barry, the head chef, exploits the traditional French mode with many exciting innovations. The style is French but the ingredients are mostly British, and carefully sourced from the best suppliers. The dishes include Welsh lamb, Denham Estate venison and Dorset Bay crab. The style, the presentation and the cuisine are all impeccable. The menu is accompanied by an outstanding wine list, including some unusual vintages. And for such quality, the price is surprisingly reasonable. What comes as no surprise is that Threadneedles has been named as one of the top twenty hotels in the world by Tattler Magazine.
Sanderson Hotel of Soho is sumptuous urban oasis set in the nucleus of London's West End. There is nothing traditional about the Sanderson: It is all modern. You will find it in Fitzrovia, surrounding the landmark Courtyard Garden, a hidden gem in the midst of the city (W1T 3NG).
The hotel is the creation of designer, Philippe Starck, noted for his avant-garde concepts in the field of interior design. When designing the building, Philippe Starck dispensed with the concept of normality and created a vision somewhat between Salvador Dali and Walt Disney, with baroque and Alice in Wonderland thrown in. You will find an absence of walls and instead a floor-to-ceiling glass facade that diffuses natural light into the interior. Every room is different but guests should expect hand-carved African ornaments, Louis XV style furniture, silver-leaf sleigh beds, art nouveau mirrors, mosaics, rugs, marble flooring and anything else that one would not expect to find. The overall effect is an elegant eclectic blend of styles which fit together in symmetry. Before dining out, you will want to visit The Purple Bar, an exercise in consummate luxury, which takes its name from the violet silk opera curtains, lavender Queen Anne chairs and purple etched Venetian mirrors. The Sanderson is then perfect place for luxury and relaxation but it is not for the faint hearted or old fashioned.
The Hempel is one of London’s distinctive hotels designed on the concept of Zen minimalism. But don’t let the 'minimalism' part deceive you. There is no luxury amenity spared in the design of this exclusive new concept in London 5-star accommodation. You will find the Hempel in Craven Hill Gardens, a select area of Notting Hill, in the hub of London (W2 3EA).
It is instantly recognised by the imposing Portland stone façade promising an opulent interior. The guest room and suites are all individually designed, each one different from the next but sharing the common characteristics of expansive rooms filled with natural light, swish organic colour palettes, opulent comforts such as sunken Japanese-style stone tubs, luxuriant linens and all modern accessories. I recommend that you ask for a place with a view of the Zen Garden. The Beluga Suite on the first floor has not only a lavish four-poster but a stupendous view of the Zen Garden. The Hempel Restaurant offers a variety of classical and nouvelle cuisine emphasising the finest British ingredients sourced from particularly chosen suppliers. The resident chef is renowned in the locality for his expertly created dishes and distinctive flavours. The outstanding menu is complimented by an expansive wine list, with some vintages which you will never have seen before and which will delight and surprise. Also the 31 Lounge Bar at The Hempel, is probably the most eminent à la mode attraction in this fashionable neighbourhood. It is characterised by the minimalist décor which has made The Hempel famous, and provides a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere in a shimmering candlelight setting. You will particularly like the exotic cocktails created by Joel, the barman and mixologist. To sum up The Hempel, I would say that the design is minimalist and the luxury effect is maximalist!
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An interesting approach to finding accommodation....
Wolsey Lodges Ltd. is a non-profit organisation owned by its own members, who are all high quality B&B proprietors located throughout the UK. Wolsey Lodges employ independent inspectors who anonymously visit members and vet new applicants so that standards are high and match up to what is expected of any establishment belonging to the organisation.
What makes Wolsey Lodges different is that it consists of a collection of private homes, which allows for the highest standard of hospitality in locations where you might not normally expect to stay. Each house (and host!) is individual and unique, and has earned its place by being just a little bit different. (In case you wondered, the name Wolsey Lodge is a reflection of Cardinal Wolsey, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII, who expected to receive generous hospitality at any suitable country house he came across as he toured England. The reflection of those values of service and hospitality is what the "Lodges" within the company seek to offer, even today.)
So when you stay in a lodge, you are more than a guest: you are regarded as a member of the family and a friend. So, for example, you might expect to enjoy a home cooked meal in an atmosphere which resembles that of a welcoming dinner party - and often in a room that adds splendour to the occasion! Sometimes you will be with other guests, sometimes with your hosts....and while not all Wolsey Lodges provide an evening dinner, your hosts will be happy to recommend the best local places to eat, and make a reservation for you.
Wolsey Lodges incorporate grand country houses, as well as fine Elizabethan manor houses, exquisite Georgian mansions, and countryside Victorian rectories, some extremely beautiful restored cottages, and elegant town houses of one kind or another. All boast individual features: a special history, an excellent location, beautiful surroundings or superb food. Most importantly, all Wolsey Lodge proprietors are in the business because they want to invite you into their own homes, of which they are very proud. And they all most certainly wish to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
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