Are you planning a trip to London? With its award-winning shows (a list topped by stateside success story Hamilton), quirky hidden gems, unmatched retail offerings, and some of the best food in the world, who could blame you?
As any seasoned traveler will attest, where you stay is a crucial detail that is not to be overlooked. Proximity to places of interest, somewhere to put your feet up after hours of sightseeing, and a culinary offering that rivals the city’s best when you just want to “stay in” are all important things to take into consideration. With that in mind, allow us to introduce you to Hotel Café Royal, which meets all of these requirements – and more.
Location, Location, Location
If what you want is to be at the heart of the action, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a hotel in London with a better location. Situated on Regent Street – just steps from Piccadilly Circus – Hotel Café Royal is within minutes of the city’s best shopping, dining, and nightlife.
Room with a View
The hotel boasts a number of rooms with balconies overlooking Piccadilly Circus, including a rooftop suite with a terrace wide enough to entertain guests. Set up with multiple seating areas, it’s the dream room for a summer in the city.
Laurent, the recently opened grill and sushi bar named after its chef Laurent Tourondel, is dark, moody, and trendy – everything you’d expect from a London eatery. Depending on the date and time of your booking, expect to rub shoulders with everyone from the city’s “It” crowd to bankers and traders from neighboring Mayfair.
Allow us to recommend the ‘Crispy Lobster Sushi Roll’, ‘Wagyu Kagoshima A4 Sirloin’, and ‘Grilled Octopus’ served with ratte potatoes and lemon aioli – and don’t miss the brioche bun that is served instead of bread.
Located in the hotel’s basement is one of London’s most acclaimed spas: Akasha. More than just a pretty place to get a back rub, this holistic wellness center offers a long list of treatments that include detoxing massages, water therapy, and Ayurveda. You can also book a consultation with the wellness experts here, whether you’re looking to talk to a nutritionist, a Reiki master and crystal healer, or a meditation specialist.
In Your Element(s)
If you’ve overindulged while on holiday, restore balance – without sacrificing flavor or experience – at Lounge Bar, which is located within Akasha. The menu was designed in collaboration with nutritionist Zoe Stirling to recall all four elements (earth, fire, wind, and water) and includes both gluten- and dairy-free options.
A Scent of Occasion
Surrounded by the gilded walls of the Oscar Wilde Lounge, guests are invited to enjoy the ‘Diptyque Afternoon Tea’ that, suffice to say, is unlike any other in town. Created in collaboration with luxury fragrance brand Dyptique, this menu is inspired by some of its most iconic scents to make for an offering that is a feast for the palate, the eyes, and the ‘Gram. Named after the Irish author who regularly dined here, the room has not been changed since the 1860s and retains its authentic Louis XVI detailing.
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