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My favourite London hotel by @aladyinlondon.

by Saloni on April 15, 2013

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Today we’ve invited Julie Falconer, owner of A Lady in London, to share her favourite London hotel with us.

I have been obsessed with The Connaught ever since I moved to London.

I first noticed it five years ago while trying to navigate my way through Mayfair from Grosvenor Square to Berkeley Square.  On the way, I passed by a beautiful building with a name that caught my attention.  I decided I needed to go there someday…

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Several years later, my full-time job as a travel writer and blogger meant that visiting London’s hotels was almost an everyday occurrence.

From South Kensington to Shoreditch, Marylebone to Mayfair, I racked up more nights, afternoon teas and meals in my own city’s hotels than most people do on their annual travels.

Among those visits were several trips to The Connaught.  Not long after I stumbled across the hotel, I went for cocktails at the Coburg Bar to see what the property looked like on the inside.  The low lighting and deep, comfortable chairs made me feel like I had stepped into a private club and the Julian Opie art works on the walls added just the right touch of contemporary style.  The cocktails and nibbles were delightful and the bar had won me over before the evening ended.

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The Connaught Bar

My second visit was the result of an invitation to experience the hotel’s other drinking establishment, The Connaught Bar.  Famous for its martinis, which come in many flavours, it was a bit lighter than its sibling but no less stylish.  Decorated by famous designer David Collins, it had a cool, sleek vibe to it, with platinum silver leaf lining the Cubist-inspired interior.  The martini tray was wheeled over to my table and the result was a cocktail every bit as good as the ones on my previous visit.

Tadao Ando’s beautiful water feature ‘Silence’ was unveiled outside the hotel that same day.  After a long period of construction that mildly marred the beautiful aspect of Carlos Place and chi chi Mount Street which the hotel is on the corner of, the large artistic pool was a tasteful addition.

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The Connaught Hotel Water Feature

Back inside and beyond the bars, the hotel is home to French chef Helene Darroze’s famous two-Michelin starred restaurant of the same name.

Additionally, creative afternoon teas like the current Chelsea Flower Show-themed tea keep guests, visitors, and locals alike sated and entertained in the gorgeous Espelette conservatory.

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The Connaught Bar

Upstairs, designers Guy Oliver and David Collins are responsible for the look and feel of the hotel.  The guest rooms and suites are all decorated in their own individual styles, blending modern design with historic touches.  I have yet to stay in one, but if my travel schedule lets up for long enough to allow me, I will certainly try.  If the guest experience is anywhere near as indulgent as the visitor one, I might have to overstay my welcome…

Julie Falconer is a London-based travel writer and consultant.  She is the author of luxury travel and lifestyle blog A Lady in London and runs a European travel website called VisitingEU which offers tips for independent travellers.

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Photo credits: The Connaught Hotel, A Lady in London.

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