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London hotel for wedding anniversary, ££ no object

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PiratePanda Mon 24-Mar-14 18:11:38

DH and I have our 5th wedding anniversary coming up, and we'd like to stay overnight in London luxury. For reasons I won't go into we can pretty much afford a standard room in any hotel you care to name.

So which hotel would you choose and why?

Bit more info to assist: we like good food and wine, art and culture, obscure things few people know about, jazz, classical and world music. And we don't like tasteless bling (the refurbed Savoy is the epitome of what we don't like), and are not interested in "pampering" (spas, etc).


WipsGlitter Mon 24-Mar-14 18:13:53

Claridges. I saw the programme on it and it looked amazing. Emphasis on discreet luxury.

TravellingToad Mon 24-Mar-14 18:15:37


rootypig Mon 24-Mar-14 18:15:42

Claridges! All day long.

Or (left field) the Town Hall in Bethnal Green, specifically a signature room, their poncey word not mine

The restaurant is excellent. But not as special, I don't think.

annaban Mon 24-Mar-14 18:20:28

Kingsway hall in covent garden is nice. Not Clariages, but a very solid 4* hotel. The king rooms / suites are massive and well appointed.

Good location for theatre etc

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Mon 24-Mar-14 18:22:24

Yes, Claridges.

plantsitter Mon 24-Mar-14 18:24:20

I stayed at Hazlitts on my wedding night. So, so comfortable and not up itself. Felt like the most private room in the world, in the middle of town (Soho). Definitely recommend. Think we were upgraded so go for a more expensive room.

eurochick Mon 24-Mar-14 18:24:54

The new Corinthia? I was given a tour and it is pretty special.

But I think the refurbed Savoy is lovely. I don't find it particularly blingy and the American Bar is a classic place for a cocktail. I haven't seen the guest rooms there though.

I guess the other obvious choice is the Ritz.

FitByForty Mon 24-Mar-14 18:26:50

South Place Hotel. Stayed here for a wedding here last year and it is fabulous. Trendy but not OTT and the staff are fantastic. And cocktails to die for!

uggmum Mon 24-Mar-14 18:32:11

The St Pancras hotel is lovely. Especially if you can push to a Chambers Club room as you get exec lounge access. This means free snacks, drinks, afternoon tea, pre dinner canapés etc. we've stayed here 6 times and have always had great service.

Mintyy Mon 24-Mar-14 18:35:57

I would say The Lanesborough, The Dorchester or Blakes.

CoilRegret Mon 24-Mar-14 18:38:24

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PassTheCremeEggs Mon 24-Mar-14 19:03:08

Look at Firmdale hotels - Charlotte Street, Covent Garden, Soho and Haymarket. Small, boutique, absolutely five star but with loads of character. Cannot recommend enough. Firmdale

Fridayschild Mon 24-Mar-14 19:07:25

Another vote for Claridges. However the South Place hotel is also nice.

PassTheCremeEggs Mon 24-Mar-14 19:09:08

I've just read that back and it sounds very like I work for them... I don't! I spent my wedding night at the Charlotte street hotel and have been in the others for drinks and dinners.

Creamycoolerwithcream Mon 24-Mar-14 19:09:51

The Connaught.

Roseformeplease Mon 24-Mar-14 19:10:36

Browns - room 50 - where we spent the first night of our honeymoon. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

wannabestressfree Mon 24-Mar-14 19:11:14

We had a suite at the covent garden hotel.... Was amazing

catwithflowers Mon 24-Mar-14 19:11:53

Rooty pig, we also love the Town Hall. We had a wonderful few nights there and the breakfasts are amazing. The nicest bread I have ever eaten! We ate lunch in the smaller restaurant, The Corner Room, Nd it was so unusual and delicious but sadly didn't eat at Viagante which has now closed.

rootypig Mon 24-Mar-14 19:20:17

Oh I didn't realise Viajante closed! A shame. Yes the very best hotel breakfast I have EVER eaten, and a bathtub big enough for two to swim in.

catwithflowers Mon 24-Mar-14 19:35:53

Just noticed my spelling mistake, rooty!!! I knew it didn't look right blush. Nuno Mendes has a new restaurant called The Chiltern Firehouse with an American rather than Portuguese influence.

Loved the Art Deco theme throughout the hotel and the staff were fabulous smile

meditrina Mon 24-Mar-14 19:39:08

Another vote for Browns.

PiratePanda Mon 24-Mar-14 19:41:25

Ooh fabulous list! Thanks everyone. I think boutique would suit us best probably but Claridges is certainly on our list.

Sadly DH hates Paris, no idea why, and we can only be away one night due to childcare issues. So London it is.

petitdonkey Mon 24-Mar-14 19:43:41

My absolute favourite London hotel is The Langham - just something about it that I love. Followed closely by Claridges for glamour (but I don't rate the bedrooms at all). Neither of those have a great location though.

Would second the vote for any Firmdale Hotels - they have the cool factor and are in better locations. Browns also great.

Any idea about which area of London you would like to be in?

rootypig Mon 24-Mar-14 19:57:24

Boutique: The Zetter or Zetter Townhouse, will depend if to your style taste. Lovely restaurant, different part of town.

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