Montcalm Royal London House-The City

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More cosmopolitan than corporate, City hotel The Montcalm is a plushly styled haven from the nearby buzz of the City and Shoreditch

Located on the trendy fringes of the Square Mile, among the offices in Finsbury Square, the latest branch of the Montcalm group is clearly aimed at a distinctly sharp-suited, business-before-pleasure crowd. But the team behind The Montcalm have pulled off no mean feat – their latest establishment oozes the luxury and class demanded by a corporate clientele, without sacrificing style or charisma.

A large part of this is down to the friendliness and warmth of the staff, who look genuinely excited to be working in this brand-new hotel. Champagne was offered on arrival in the teal-coloured, parquet-floored foyer. Fruit and chocolates were waiting upstairs. If the room wasn’t particularly big, then it was certainly cosy, with prints of 1930s Hoxton hanging on the walls. A slick mood lighting system sent the room through a rainbow of colours. A bedside Android phone offered free calls abroad.

Disappointingly, the hotel’s spa wasn’t yet open when we stayed. But after a chat with the front desk, they promptly packed us into a cab. One five-minute journey later, we were at their sister hotel in Shoreditch. Here, they have a pool and jacuzzi, and an adjoining spa, steam room and 'chillax' room (for when the heat gets the better of you) – all low-lit, decorated with Grecian tiles and ever-so-slightly decadent. Ambient music trills blissfully throughout. Back at The Montcalm, a peek through the building work promised much of the same, with a Versace-tiled pool, sauna, steam room and two treatment rooms, along with a fitness room.  

The ground-floor restaurant Burdock offers well-thought-out large and small plates of stuff – pork belly, spatchcocked partridge – as well as bar snacks like Croque-Monsieurs: the perfect sort of thing to order to your room. It was a shame the ace-in-the-hole, the rooftop Aviary restaurant, was also yet to open. But the manager took me up to the ninth floor, and I got to see the panorama: east London on one side, the gleaming towers of the City on the other. The views pretty much sum up this place: slick, cosmopolitan and just a little spectacular.  

Time Out tip
When it’s just a ten-minute walk away, the Barbican makes the perfect place to work up an appetite before dinner. Take a stroll along its concrete walkways and see an exhibition, film, or free performance in the foyer space, then head back to Burdock or The Aviary for an aperitif.

By: Matt Breen

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Venue name: Montcalm Royal London House-The City
Address: 22-25 Finsbury Square, City
London
EC2A 1DX
Price: £129.60 to £600.00 per night
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If you're looking for a great hidden rooftop bar in the heart of Shoreditch - this is the place. One of the more exclusive / unknown places (there are still queues after 7pm on a Friday night though!), it has great views of the London skyline and Finsbury Sq below. It's a great little spot for enjoying sunshine in the summer, but also views from inside on colder days - I would highly recommend before it gets over popular and impossible to find space in.

tastemaker

Having stepped into the reception of the Montcalm Royal London House, head up to the top floor and be prepared to be dazzled. Amazing views from the terrace onto the city if you can face the chilly January breeze, cozy atmosphere inside and tasty drinks (I had a full bodied glass of red which nicely complemented a beetroot, radish and goats cheese starter)- these are just some of the treats on offer at the Aviary rooftop bar. Checking out this bar so early in the new year, I did get the feeling though that Londoners are still committed to their dry January plans. So if you want a bit more of a buzz, perhaps it’s best to save it for a night not that far away when new year’s resolutions will have been forgotten.