A change is as good as a rest – so they say – and when you indulge in a Mayfair or Belgravia staycation – you’ll also leave inspired. Come and become a temporary resident at some of the prettiest neighbourhoods in London and experience the very best. Whether you’re longing for grandiose luxury or you just want to lose yourself in some of the most fabulous town houses available, it’s all there for the booking. Take your pick, these beautiful residences are waiting for you to pay them a visit…
The Biltmore Mayfair
The perfect urban retreat
If you are searching for somewhere to stay in the heart of the city, then look no further. Located in wonderful Grosvenor Square, The Biltmore Mayfair is surrounded by lush greenery, which makes this a perfect urban retreat when you want a break – but don’t want to be too far from the action. Close by, you’ll be spoilt for choice with dining, shopping and sightseeing options and half of the joy will be returning to your home from home – perhaps for a spot of local cuisine at Café Biltmore, courtesy of award winning chef, Jason Atherton or a wind-down cocktail in the Pine Bar. The rooms are opulent, the service superlative – you’ll have such a fabulous time, you’ll leave The Biltmore planning your return.
44 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1K 2HP
The Beaumont Hotel
Art Deco glamour
Inspired by the Art Deco hotels of the 1920’s, this very special listed building is the perfect space for an unforgettable staycation. The Beaumont is a luxury five star hotel in a quiet garden square, close enough to the must-see boutiques, galleries, museums and neighbourhoods (Marylebone, St James’s and the West End) close by. If you’re looking for some conversation currency, check out ROOM – where the bedroom of this unique suite, is a giant semi-abstract sculpture by artist Anthony Gormley OBE. This cave-like space encourages guests to enter a different stage of consciousness to experience a meditative pause – the perfect opportunity to withdraw from the hustle and bustle of life outside. The hotel has just 50 rooms and 10 suites and with all the public areas full of original art and antiques, the glamorous Colony Room restaurant, the chic American Bar and an elegant gym and spa – a stay at The Beaumont will leave you refreshed and relaxed.
8 Balderton Street, Brown Hart Gardens, W1K 6TF
Stepping into The Connaught feels a little like entering another world. Set apart from the bustle of London, yet immersed in its unique personality, it is a haven of discovery, which has been dedicated to fine art and the finer things in life. Right in the heart of Mayfair, the hotel is loved for its winning combination of elegance and second to none service. With private butlers, Michelin starred dining, gorgeous bars and attention to detail in absolutely everything, what more could you possibly wish for? As you take the historic staircase (rumour has it that designer, Ralph Lauren was so enamoured he had a replica of it installed in his flagship store on Madison Avenue) let the magic take hold.
Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL
This hotel began its life in 1856 and soon attracted attention. During the 1920’s it became an English institution and is, to this day an art deco landmark loved by movie stars and statesmen alike. Step into the lobby and prepare to be whisked away to an age of timeless glamour. With its incredible rooms and suites (some of the most spacious in London) and its memorable restaurants and bars, there is no end of beautiful places to discover where you can relax and recharge. Whether it’s a classic cocktail on Claridge’s Bar Terrace or an iconic afternoon tea, every single experience is underpinned with impeccable service.
Claridge’s Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR
Lime Tree Hotel
Laid back style
Classic on the outside, cosy on the inside, Lime Tree Hotel is a boutique townhouse in the heart of Belgravia, one of London’s most elegant neighbourhoods. It’s a wonderful haven from a busy schedule and combines the elegance and warmth of a Georgian family home with up to the minute styling and second to none service. Take a wander in the walled garden – and you won’t even feel like you’re in London or if you feel like stepping out, you can do so – safe in the knowledge that you’re in walking distance of a variety of shopping, dining and other attractions. Head to The Butter – an irresistible lounge and café – the perfect place to indulge in a lazy rustic breakfast or meet up with friends.
135-137 Ebury Street, Belgravoa SW1W 8QU
If you’re looking for something that is glamourous yet intimate and a home in the heart of London, then you’ve chosen the right place. The Hari is a luxury five-star hotel where service is anything but intrusive and you really feel at home the moment you arrive. With a wealth of sightseeing musts practically on your doorstop, you’re also close to some of the best shopping, bars and restaurants in London and the luxury rooms and suites have been designed with comfort and understated elegance in mind. Prefer to unwind ‘close to home’? Then why not try Hari bar – for light lunches or that inevitable and glorious end of day cocktail. The Garden Terrace is great for longer spring and summer evenings – an elegant suntrap on warm days and a cosy retreat all year round. Don’t miss Il Pampero – where you can sit down to exceptional Italian cuisine and experience a little bit of La Dolce Vita.
20 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8HQ
A chic adventure
The Berkeley is undoubtedly one of the leading five star hotels in London – breathtakingly stylish, they have some of the most spacious rooms – many with private garden terraces and hideaway balconies. Known for being fashionably first when it comes to new experiences, fashionistas sashay to Prêt-à-Portea, the catwalk inspired afternoon tea – where ready to wear becomes ready to eat with a range of designer inspired treats – including Prada’s stiletto-and-socks combination – recreated as intricate piped chocolate biscuits. Marcus Wareing offers two Michelin-starred dining at his eponymous restaurant, Marcus, and it would be rude not to indulge in a cocktail or two at the beautiful Blue Bar.
Wilton Place, Belgravia SW1X 7RL
A Family affair
London’s last family-owned luxury hotel, The Goring is Belgravia at its best. This award winning hotel has a passionate and dedicated team who, over 100 years have perfected their style of hospitality. Overlooking its own private gardens, it’s a quintessentially English hotel where the rooms and suites have been individually designed to radiate refined English design with a modern contemporary feel. The moment you arrive, the first stop has got to be the Cocktail Bar after dropping your bags off. From there, you can either wander into the Michelin starred Dining Room, where you’ll be presented with mouth-watering British favourites with a twist. If you’re looking for the very best of everything in life – this is the place to choose.
15 Beeston Place, Belgravia SW1W QJW
Practically a British institution, The Lanesborough is the last word in luxury. Round-the-clock dedicated butler service in each room and suite and celebrated as much for its drink and dining options as it is for being a hotel, it is also home to the Michelin-starred Céleste restaurant, an award winning afternoon tea service, seductive Library bar and one of London’s best cigar and Cognac lounges. Choose the Regency experience – which for any Bridgerton fans – will certainly breathe life into that exquisite style of living. Send the night in an exquisite Regency style room or suite and indulge yourself with a superb breakfast in bed. You won’t have to lift a finger thanks to the dedicated butler service and you’ll be whisked off by a chauffeur who will take you to all Bridgerton’s real life filming locations around the city. Also, you simply can’t miss a visit to the Lanesborough Club and Spa where you can relax and rejuvenate before returning to real life.
Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA