I love everything about London. The history, the shopping, the style — and of course, the hotels! One of my absolute favorites is Rosewood London, which opened to much fanfare in late 2013. From the outside, it looks very much a traditional English hotel, set in a circa-1914 building with stately iron gates marking the courtyard entrance.
Inside, things get more interesting. I love the striped floor in the lobby, and the great collection of artwork and coffee table books make it feel more like a salon than a lobby.
Design touches are everywhere, from the birdcages by the elevator to this hallway off the main lobby, which made me swoon — simply gorgeous!
Room decor takes cues from Edwardian manor houses, more clubby and masculine than the frilly Victorian you see so much in historic hotels. Rooms are elegant yet comfy, with cushy beds, great light and ample seating areas.
There are 44 signature suites, each unique in style and decor — pricey but exquisite, if you want to splurge. My fave is the Garden House Suite, which comes with its own private terrace, your own secret escape in the heart of the city.
For dining, brasserie-style Holborn Dining Room serves up tasty British classics from chicken pot pies to fish and chips with mushy peas, and is open from breakfast through 11:30 pm.
Best is Scarfes Bar. It’s everything you want a hotel bar to be: cozy and unique, totally reflective of its city, with great mixologists and a tasty small-bites menu. The name refers to caricaturist Gerald Scarfe, whose cheeky illustrations of prominent English personalities — everyone from Tony Blair to Charlie Watts — line the walls.
Along with homey leather sofas and velvet chairs, there’s live jazz nightly, a fireplace to take the chill off, and patrons as mixed and interesting as the decor, from hotel guests to professionals happy-houring after work and chic Londoners popping in for drinks after theater in the nearby West End.
Cozy up by the fireplace and people-watch the evening away, a perfect way to kick off a European honeymoon.