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London, Rosewood

London, United Kingdom

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OVERVIEW

Blessed with classic good looks and a stellar location in London’s glittering West End, this heritage hotel has an Edwardian façade and plenty of Old World charm. Dating from 1914 many neoclassical features remain including the original carriageway entrance and tranquil cobblestone courtyard. Inside, interiors echo the Belle Epoque era with a magnificent seven storey Pavonazzo marble staircase, grand pillars, chandeliers and enough red carpet to roll out to the Kodak Theater.

PRACTICAL INFO

Location

Situated at the geographic centre of the British capital, Rosewood London is ideally placed for destinations across London. The majestic River Thames is a short walk away, as are numerous world-renowned galleries and museums, the bright lights of Theatreland and a range of shops, from the energetic bustle of Covent Garden to the understated chic of Lamb’s Conduit. In just minutes, guests can also be in Europe’s financial capital, the City of London, or at one of the stately gated Inns of Court, the historic centres of the English legal profession, as well as trendy Islington and Shoreditch close by.

Accomodation

Leading off sleek low-lit wooden corridors with chunky apartment-style doors, the guestrooms are giant by London standards, measuring at least 335 square feet. They're a master class in masculine styling, with stripy monochrome carpets, hefty oak tables, 46-inch LED TVs with Geneva surround sound, posh espresso machines and pale gray armchairs and ottomans. Very much a high-end home away from home. Quirky Shakespeare and Dickens quotes etched onto the tables and minibars (which are stocked with British produce and local beers) lend a sense of place. Bathrooms feature gorgeous hexagonal sinks lined with hand-beaten alpaca silver, steam-free mirrors and toiletries from Czech & Speake.

Services

The Holborn Dining Room has the look of a fancy fine dining restaurant — marble floors, walnut paneling — but it takes a more laid-back approach with the menu. British brasserie dishes are served all day as well as a decadent afternoon tea (alternatively, tuck into sandwiches and scones in the Mirror Room, a convivial salon in the heart of the hotel). The bar echoes a traditional gentlemen's club with velvet sofas, and a crackling fire, where you can sip a glass of wine from the extensive menu; there are more than 50 drops on offer by the glass. The subterranean spa is centered around a candlelit teak and goldleaf relaxation room that leads to dry-heat saunas, an amethyst crystal steam room and experience showers. Treatments are on the pricey side, but access to the facilities is complimentary for guests.

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