Pillow Talk: These Are The Best Places To Stay In London This Summerby | April 16, 2019
Amidst the Brexit sentiment, London has become a (relatively) cheaper destination for Indian travellers. One of the most visited places in the world, the city has imbibed the modern without trimming its glorious past. Rising above the cityscape, there’s the 19th-century Big Ben, and there’s also the beacon of modern luxury, The Shard. The city is taking Shakespeare’s legacy forward with a continued interest in arts and culture, the narrative of the West End. Even the food is just as cosmopolitan and diverse; kebabs, anyone?
Just this February, Forbes announced that the capital has more five-star hotels than any other city in the world. True enough, it’s never going to be a problem to find accommodation here (unless there’s another royal wedding, of course). From luxury hotels with white-glove service to boutique bed and breakfasts with a history, and fully-furnished service apartments in trendy neighbourhoods, these are the hottest abodes in London this summer.
If You’re Looking For Hotels
Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London
The first Shangri-La in the UK is housed in the tallest building of the kingdom. Come here for the fantastic views—all 202 rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows, with the city wrapping itself around you. Compare the scenery from different levels and corners as you take a dip in the pool on the 52nd floor; as you enjoy classic British afternoon tea, scones, and sandwiches at TĪNG Lounge with the River Thames setting the backdrop for this traditional ceremony; as you watch the city lights twinkle from GŎNG bar at the crown of London.
The Shangri-La Suite is the pinnacle of luxury, with heated marble flooring in the bathroom, a living room and dining area, and a kitchenette. You will also get a pillow menu, 1,000 thread count linens, a complimentary bottle of Champagne, binoculars to take in the sweeping views, and a private butler to bring you everything else you desire.
Price: Rs 40,000 per night upwards
The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection
The home of Viscount Lanesborough in 1719, this Hyde Park hotel is now a regency dream come true. The facade has been preserved through the ages, but the interiors have been reimagined by Alberto Pinto with corniced ceilings, trompe l'oeil paintwork, 23-carat gold gilding, and numerous 18th-century artworks. There is nothing understated here—the loveliest pastels in the rooms, the rich upholstery, and the bold patterns of the furnishings tip you off about its splendour and luxury.
Hospitality is top-notch too. The in-house florist can bring you beautiful arrangements on request; children are treated as royalty with welcome gifts and treats; and a dedicated butler can book you the most coveted tables in London. Worth a mention: Be sure to visit The Library Bar that has a venerable collection of vintage cognacs dating back to the 1770s and the Michelin-star Céleste that a glass skydome and European plates.
The Lanesborough is a member of the Leading Hotels Of The World.
Price: Rs 56,000 per night upwards
If You’re Looking For Service Apartments
Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living
Mayfair is one of the most exclusive postal addresses in London, with envy-inspiring Georgian houses, world-renowned restaurants, and bespoke stores and boutiques. Located on Park Lane, these 130 residences by Jumeirah are a great alternative if you’re looking for a non-hotel setting.
Come home to your four-bedroom Knightsbridge Penthouse (smaller suites also available) to a fully-stocked pantry and a bespoke Poggenpohl kitchen. Not in any mood to cook? There’s 24-hour in-room dining and choicest restaurants all around. You get the best views from the top floor, a private butler to help you unpack, and a remote-controlled gas fire if you want to cosy up and people-watch in Hyde Park.
One of the highlights of your stay will be the ‘At Home’ service, which can make your London stay effortless. Whether you want the pantry stocked with your favourite cereals and snacks or need to organise a house party, the service will make you feel at home in London.
Price: On request
Hertford Street Apartments, COMO Metropolitan London
COMO Metropolitan London is a contemporary hideout on Park Lane, with rooms, suites, and apartments awash with natural light and clean spaces. Think of the 23 Hertford Street Apartment as your townhouse with a private street entrance, two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, capacious dining and living rooms, and a small terrace. All creature comforts are part of the stay, including concierge services, housekeeping, 24-hour room service, and COMO Shambala cuisine that can be ordered from the hotel.
For an unmatched wellness experience, head to COMO Shambala at the hotel and try an acupuncture massage. Don’t forget to book a table at on-site restaurant Nobu to sample its world-famous Japanese cuisine.
Price: On request
If You’re Looking For Airbnbs
An Apartment Near Shoreditch
The roughneck Shoreditch is now a hipster. This is the cool neighbourhood of London, filled with hole-in-the-wall restaurants, hidden speakeasies, independent artsy stores, and quirky cafes. A contrast to the genteel Mayfair, this restless, vibrant locale has so much energy that you’d find yourself tapping to its tunes.
Here, Airbnb superhost Giovanni has enveloped the neighbourhood’s brightness in this home. The sunlit, two-bedroom penthouse apartment is filled with art and thoughtful touches of vases, pillows, and books! A fully-equipped kitchen (oven, coffee maker, dishwasher), en-suite bathrooms, and a private patio and outdoor terrace inspire the feeling of home for travellers.
Price: Rs 25,929 per night
A Hackney Pad
Superhost Laurent and his partner Joao have designed this two-bedroom apartment to be open and inviting. Located in a 1890s townhouse, this home is where you’d love to come back to for a relaxing bath after a day at the nearby Broadway Market. Cook your meals with your partner in the open-floor kitchen and dining area, or sink into the plush sofas in the living room to watch the telly. There’s a study table, too, if you want to find some quiet time to catch up on work, or read a book.
What we love: the elegant interiors with toned down colours and wooden furniture that add that rustic English touch.
Price: Rs 12,727 per night
Feature Image: The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection