Written by Claire Hillsmith in January 2014
Discover some of London’s most desirable boutique hotels with HotelTravel.com and uncover a few of the city’s favourite places for traditional afternoon tea and fine dining. Whether you need a weekend getaway or a week of discovering fine dining and endless theatre productions, why not book a boutique hotel in London? If you want to try out China Town’s Asian fusions or have afternoon tea in a quaint tea room, you’ll find a wide and varied range of choices in London.
The Halkin Hotel in Belgravia is moments away from Knightsbridge and Mayfair’s shopping areas and offers an authentic boutique stay, rich in Italian designs, ideal for a quiet escape. Further north of the city lies St Martins Lane Hotel, which offers their guests an energetic and sophisticated vibe, as well as a collection of special packages available for weekends and holiday dates. When you’re feeling peckish, Asia de Cuba offers a selection of Cuban and Asian flavours in an artistic yet relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a pre-theatre dinner or sipping some uniquely created cocktails.
Five minutes from Oxford Street is the Sanderson Hotel, a luxurious spa retreat that places you moments from some of London’s main attractions, such as Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park. Make sure to taste a few of the inventive cocktails at Purple Bar or sample the exquisite Malaysian cuisine in Suka at Sanderson, both of which are within the hotel.
Covent Garden’s Fire & Stone pizzeria has a menu full of worldwide inspired pizzas and is great for a family meal with pies named after such exotic cities as, Marrakesh, as well as tropical islands, like Trinidad & Tobago. Just around the corner in the main square you’ll find Punch & Judy, which offers a friendly atmosphere that’s perfect for a few drinks or a bit of pub grub. For a true taste of British fare try a pie, such as steak & ale or go for a hearty roast beef meal.
Are you craving fine-dining? Alain Ducasse and Heston Blumenthal each have award-winning restaurants in London. Sample Ducasse’s delicacies at the Dorchester Hotel London, or try Heston’s experimental gastronomy within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hyde Park. England’s traditional high-tea can be enjoyed at Soho’s Secret Tea Room, located above the Coach and Horses along Greek Street, while Dolly’s Café in Selfridges is ideal for a special occasion, as is Quince at The May Fair, London.