You don’t have to go away to get away, as The Landmark London Hotel proves. Offering five-star rooms and world-class amenities in the heart of the city, it’s the perfect hotel in London to escape to last thing on a Friday without having to leave the city limits.
Guests are greeted by an awe-inspiring lobby whatever entrance they wander into (there are two on opposite sides of the building). Look out for a soaring glass atrium high above, tables, chairs, palms and dimly-lit lamps on the floor and the balconies of atrium-facing rooms on all four sides. It’s the kind of outdoors space you’d expect somewhere in the Med, not in Britain’s fair capital.
If people-watching isn’t your thing – and trust us, it’s a good perch – then guests can make their way down to the spa and health club at basement level. There a shimmering, 15-metre turquoise pool awaits; together with whirlpool, glass-fronted sauna and relaxation area flanked by sun loungers. Well-stocked with plenty of glossy magazines and fluffy towels. Our kinda place!
Those who prefer drinking and dining to rest and relaxation could do worse than to get a round or two in at the Mirror Bar. So called because of the mirrors that line the hall towards the entrance. This London bar is stylish and sophisticated and draws a similar crowd. While the cocktails certainly aren’t cheap — the ice-cold Martini is a must — you know what you’re paying for with a luxurious lounge-style space that’s small but perfectly formed. It’s a see-and-be-seen-kinda-scene.
And when dinner beckons, there are two restaurants to choose from: TwoTwentyTwo, named after the hotel’s address at 222 Marylebone Road, and the Winter Garden, perfect for hearty breakfasts, languid lunches and afternoon tea. Highly recommend is the former, with gastro pub fare given a high-end twist in Victorian-esque, red-panelled surroundings. There’s a buzzy bar to the left brimming with post-work drinkers, a central bar dedicated to champagne and a dining room to the right flanked by low wooden tables, a beige sofa that lines the entire length of the wall and armchairs to sink into post-meal.
There’s a heritage feel to the place, in keeping with the rest of this London hotel, but contemporary touches are added through gilt-edged mirrors and specially commissioned pieces of art that paint a pretty picture of London landmarks. Food-wise, you can’t go wrong with a thick slab of steak, a pot of crispy, salty chips and wonderfully sharp Béarnaise sauce.
Wrapping things up are the rooms – 300 of them in total – which are decked out in a simple but stylish manner. Oversized beds come with fine thread-count sheets and bathrooms are clad in veined Italian marble and feature twin sinks, showers, baths and separate toilet areas. They don’t call it a grande dame for nothing.
And with everything encased within a gorgeous Victorian-Gothic exterior that matches the stained glass windows, wall murals and working fireplaces inside, The Landmark London Hotel is worth checking out and checking into. Even if you do live just around the corner.