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Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street

14/05/2018 by .

With more triangles than a trigonometry textbook the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street, is an architectural miracle. For a boutique hotel, in Central London, it is luxuriously spacious. Narnia style wardrobes store all sorts of goodies: Nespresso machine, dressing gowns, tea trays, ironing board  … and our Junior Suite had a 55-inch TV too.

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The May Fair Hotel

21/02/2018 by .

The May Fair Hotel opened in 1927 with Royal approval – since then it’s played host to many a celebrity and is as known for its discretion as much as its flowing champers. Sounds like the perfect place for a lavish stay – especially as I’m attending a star-studded film awards bash downstairs.

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The Rosewood London Hotel

15/02/2018 by .

Pearl, the Rosewood London Hotel’s pet dog, seems to have the right idea. Lazily slumped in her comfy basket in the glamorous lobby surrounded by all her toys, she could have been a stand-in for me in my hotel room a couple of hours previously.

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Devonshire Club

03/01/2018 by .

A quiet, spacious luxury hotel in a good London location is a rare find – and one that’s reasonably priced is especially unusual.

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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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