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This isn’t the only hotel in London to provide butlers, but there can’t be many that offer ‘a secured gun cabinet room’ for hunting season. This is traditional British hospitality for those who love 23-carat gold leaf trimmings and stern portraits in the halls, but all mod cons in their room, down to flatscreens in the en suite. Too lazy to polish your own shoes? The butlers are trained in shoe care by the expert cobblers at John Lobb. Both of the bars – gentleman’s club cosy Coburg and cruiseship deco Connaught – and the Hélène Darroze restaurant are very impressive. In the new wing, which doubled the number of guestrooms, there’s a swanky spa and 60sq m swimming pool.
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Set on the Strand overlooking impressive Somerset House, this elegant hotel is set 2 minutes’ walk from the River Thames. It offers a rooftop bar, superb views of London and 2 chic restaurants.With interiors designed by Lord Norman Foster’s Foster + Partners, rooms at ME London have floor-to-ceiling windows with impressive views, integrated media hubs and LCD TVs. En suite bathrooms include a rain shower.ME London’s STK London Steakhouse offers an in-house DJ, while the Cucina Asselina serves authentic Tuscan cuisine. You can relax in the ultra-modern Marconi Lounge Bar which offers smoothies, pastries and coffees, or enjoy an innovative cocktail on the rooftop Radio terrace bar.ME London offers a personalised service to guests and can offer tailored tourist information and reserve tickets for events and attractions.The hotel is 5 minutes’ walk from Covent Garden and the bright lights of the West End. Trafalgar Square is 10 minutes’ walk away and Temple Tube Station is 5 minutes away by foot.
The Ampersand Hotel
With its own Mediterranean restaurant and just a minute’s walk from South Kensington Underground Station, The Ampersand is a cosmopolitan hotel set in a large Victorian building. The hotel also has a gym and games room.The pillared foyer has a grand staircase lit by an elegant cascading chandelier. The downstairs bar area gives a sophisticated urban feel with its exposed brick arches, and a patisserie menu is available in the hotel’s drawing rooms.Bedrooms at The Ampersand are individually decorated with bold contemporary wallpaper designs and original Victorian features. Each room has a minibar, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and an en suite bathroom.As well as the hotel’s well-equipped gym, guests will have access to information regarding horse riding, private trainers and running routes. Table tennis is available in The Games Room.Within 2 minutes’ walk of the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Harrods and Hyde Park are just 15 minutes away by foot.
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
In London’s vibrant East End, 5-star Town Hall Hotel & Apartments feature a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and fitness equipment.Bethnal Green Tube Station is just a 5-minute walk away.Town Hall offers a range of spacious serviced apartments, stylish hotel bedrooms and spectacular suites. Apartment features include modern lounge areas, DVD players and satellite TV.Viajante restaurant by Chef Nuno Mendes, awarded a Michelin Star, offers fine dining, with The Corner Room bistro serving his brasserie style food. Enjoy classic or contemporary beverages at the chic cocktail bar at Town Hall Hotel.City airport can be reached in 20 minutes by car, and the famous attractions surrounding Westminster are just a 20-minute Tube journey away.