London

Corinthia Hotel London

16/08/2017 by .

The splendid Corinthia Hotel on London’s Whitehall may have once been the hallowed domain of the Ministry of Defence, but these days the only high level meetings are likely to be in one of the seven stunning penthouses adorning the rooftop.

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The Athenaeum Hotel

28/02/2017 by .

There is something quintessentially British about a hatted doorman. Particularly a very tall one. And perhaps, the quick doff of Jim’s top hat was the perfect introduction to my stay at The Athenaeum Hotel, a Mayfair landmark since 1840.

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New Residences at The Langham London

14/10/2016 by .

There is something quite special about bypassing the ground floor check in and heading straight for the 3rd floor Langham Club private reception. Such is the benefit of getting Club access for the new Residences at The Langham London.

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Sofitel Hotel. Gatwick Airport.

08/09/2016 by .

Airport hotels, sometimes a necessary evil for passengers facing dawn departures, can be basic to the point of brutal (I hope never to  be forced to revisit one in Verona which was a disgrace for a city whose tourism is rooted in romance).

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The Hilton Metropole

23/04/2016 by .

The Hilton Metropole once suffered from a slightly odd location, sitting just outside the West End, with the need to negotiate the hairiest junction on Edgware Road making it a tad tricky to enter.    But now Paddington is the subject of redevelopment, what must be the largest hotel in London is set to come into its own.

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The Windmill, Clapham

28/03/2016 by .

What makes travellers select a pub on far-flung Clapham Common as one of the 25 best hotels in the UK – and the only one of 13 in the capital which is not on the central tourist trail?    The answer would seem to be a sense of history in the pub, super-stylish bedrooms and a glimpse of the green and charm which distinguishes so many London neighbourhoods that have retained their original village feel.

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Hilton London Bankside

21/12/2015 by .

Finally, a gritty inner London neighbourhood regentrified into a culture hub has got the stylish five-star hotel it deserves.   Hilton London Bankside, perched opposite Tate Modern on the industrial side of Southwark Street, aims to appeal to leisure travellers – Shakespeare’s Globe and Borough Market are also close by – as well as a business clientele.

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Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel Review

07/12/2015 by .

“Cold towel sir?”  Is the perfect way to introduce a good feeling as far as I am concerned as I check in to the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel on a hot Knightsbridge day. My good feel factor is lifted all the more as a coffee materialises next to my couch to keep me company as i wait a couple of minutes for the room to be ready.

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Jumeirah Carlton Tower. Knightsbridge

07/12/2015 by .

There are many advantages to be had for a hotel based in Knightsbridge and the Jumeirah Carlton Tower makes the most of all of them. Harvey Nichols and Harrods practically on the doorstep, the designer shops on Sloane Street a mere stone’s throw away and those lovely leafy lanes away from the main drag to wander down. But the 18 floors of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower offer something else too; one of the most spectacular views you can get across London.

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PORTOBELLO HOTEL. London

05/11/2015 by .

It’s as close as you’ll get to sleeping in the same bed as Johnny Depp and Kate Moss.   Like other A-listers, including members of The Rolling Stones, they are former habitues of the Portobello Hotel.
Not that you’d ever guess, from the looks of this utterly genteel hostelry a stone’s throw from Portobello market.   It’s every bit the gracious Victorian house, the very antithesis of a rock’n’roll hangout.   Only a small brass plaque distinguishes it from its white stucco neighbours in this quiet enclave off Ladbroke Grove an eight-minute stroll from Notting Hill Gate.

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