Winter can seem pretty dull at times. The holidays are nice, but the before and after can feel a little lacking in cheer. The grey weather and biting cold calls for some colour – luckily there’s plenty of it to be found in London.
There’s no need to visit the Southern Hemisphere for an exotic hotel stay, when London has enough pizazz to take you half way around the world, from sumptuous drinks to sunny décor…
Boutique hotel San Domenico House is just what’s needed to cheer you up on a miserable winter’s day. Take a trip to Italy without ever leaving Chelsea, in this Italian owned hotel that adds a warm Mediterranean touch to classic Victorian décor. Read a book by a roaring fire, nestled in a plush chair in one of the reception rooms and retire at night to your four-poster bed, surrounded by rich fabrics in warm colours. And for all its old-world charm, it still offers all the mod-cons, from Wi-Fi to room service.
To take your imagination even further away, let Church Street Hotel transport you to Latin America.
You’ll feel as if bedding down in an authentic hacienda, the hotel’s bright rooms and rustic art creating a vibrant atmosphere. With notes of Cuba and Mexico via California, if the building doesn’t put some spice into your life, then a complimentary jar of Church Street’s very own hot sauce will. If you can’t wait until you get your hot sauce home, slip into the Angels and Gypsies tapas bar for some tantalising Spanish flavours, where you can have a long dinner or grab a quick bite from their ‘Streetfood’ selection.
If you’d rather drink away the winter blues, London’s hotels are never short on cocktail bars, ready to serve you up a fancy tipple…
Drinking cocktails is the perfect way to imagine that it’s summertime, particularly when they’re fruity and presented with a flourish. The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy doesn’t skimp on presentation when it comes to cocktails. Whether you go for the Clarity Colada, a classier version of the pineapple classic, or a flashy Monet inspired champagne cocktail, with your first sip you will forget about the weather and those long, dark nights.
Who needs to leave the country when London can bring so much winter colour into your life?
Photo credits: Ignacio Palomo Duarte, Church Street Hotel, San Domenico House, The Savoy Hotel.