D&D runs some of the swankiest restaurants in London, so much was expected of its first hotel. South Place delivers. It manages the difficult balance of sufficient formality to keep expense-accounters satisfied that their needs are being attended to, with enough levity for you to want to spend the evening here.
The muted top-floor Angler restaurant is a superbly oiled operation, there’s a pretty interior courtyard garden bar, and the ground-floor 3 South Place bar-diner segues neatly from smooth breakfast operation to boisterous bar.
The attention to detail impresses: from conversation-piece art (wire high- heels in one cabinet, a light feature of suspended aeroplanes, steampunk drawings) to touch controls in the rooms, or the Bond-themed pool room and library complete with vinyl and turntable.