The London Edition makes a big impact as you walk into its grand hall of a lobby, complete with double- height rococo ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and marble pillars. And there’s more to the space: it’s the setting for the lobby bar, with an eclectic mix of comfortable, snazzy seating: sofas with faux-fur throws and wing-backed chairs, a snooker table, plus a blackened steel bar, a real fire and a colossal silver egg-shaped object hanging where you might expect a chandelier.
Off on one side is the equally opulent Berners Tavern, where Jason Atherton is executive chef. With banquette seating and many paintings, it has the vibe of a grand café and a brasserie-style menu to match. Hidden away at the back of the public area is the clubby, wood-panelled Punch Room bar, where the speciality is – you’ve guessed it – punch.
Bedrooms are a contrast: akin to lodges or dachas, with matte oak floors, wood- panelled walls and more faux-fur throws tossed on luxurious beds. Larger rooms come with sofas, some have large furnished terraces, and all have rainforest showers, Le Labo toiletries (with the hotel’s woody signature scent), iPod docks and free Wi-Fi.