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There’s no shortage of awards for hotels. In fact, there are so many that a hotel is probably doing quite poorly if they haven’t managed to nab at least one award from someone! But usually when lists of outstanding hotels include establishments from the whole of the UK, there might be two or three London […]


London boutique hotels roundup – November 2014.

by Chris Glithero on November 28, 2014

As Christmas shoppers from around the UK and beyond descend on Oxford Street and Regent Street in their millions, London’s boutique hotels are bracing themselves for a bumper Christmas. Here we take a look at what’s going on at the capital’s boutique hotels and look ahead to some upcoming properties. The Telegraph published a useful […]


London’s hotels are often a prime place to see exclusive exhibitions and art displays, and soon guests at the Sofitel London St James will be able to see a new exhibition centred around a perhaps unlikely subject…vegetables. Patrick Laroche’s ‘Vegetables’ collection of sculptures takes a unique look at what could otherwise be seen as a […]


How to eat healthily in London hotels.

by Andrea on August 22, 2014

I love my job when I’m hotel reviewing – but I dread looking at the scales when I get back home! Eating healthily in hotels is difficult – the portions are often so large, sauces are full of dairy fat and it’s often surprisingly difficult to get hold of simple things like fresh fruit and […]


International influences in London hotels.

by Andrea on August 15, 2014

Think London, and many think of bobbies on the beat, guardsmen in their bearskins and red tunics, red phone boxes (not as many as there used to be), red buses and black taxis. Very English. Add the curious ceremony of afternoon tea, the full English breakfast and a good slice of roast beef with horseradish, and […]


We recently took a look at some of London’s afternoon teas that are a little on the wilder side, but we’re fans of more traditional teas too. I recently visited The Rose Lounge at Sofitel St James, for a sophisticated afternoon tea with a French twist. The French-owned and -managed five-star hotel reflects its ownership […]


Bespoke spicy mojito at Sofitel St James.

by Rajul on January 13, 2014

Stranded in the West End after a night at the theatre, a friend and I fancied a quiet but classy drink without fighting through the crowds.  So we headed straight for one of the best hotel bars in London – The St James Bar at Sofitel St James. Check rates at the Sofitel St James I […]


NB: the post below was published in 2013.  We’ve since done a more up-to-date rundown of top 10 London hotel afternoon teas in 2014/15 with up-to-date prices and contact info. It’s that time of year when the annual Tea Guild Awards come round again and we’ve done our usual added-value research from their findings to help you track down […]


Stars, Food & Art at Sofitel St James.

by Jules on February 21, 2013

The 5-star Sofitel St James has announced that it will be hosting a gourmet festival on 21st March 2013 named “Stars, Food & Art”. This hotel with French roots in a former bank building has been beautifully restored – I recently visited its award-winning spa and was impressed with the hotel’s interiors, especially the St James Bar inspired by […]

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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us once again and there’s so much choice on how to spend it with your loved one.  But how can you be original and romantic without being too cheesy?  Let London’s hotels take the strain! This year they’re offering a range of romantic experiences to help you create the perfect […]

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Top 4 best new London hotel luxury spas.

by Holly on October 13, 2011

Back at the start of 2010, we wrote reviews of the best of London’s spas, unearthing six which we rated as better than the rest: The Dorchester Spa, So SPA at Sofitel St James, Renaissance Chancery Court Spa, Mandarin Oriental London Spa, The Berkeley Spa, Spa Studio at the Lanesborough. Now, nearly two years on, it’s […]


Best London hotels for gym bunnies.

by Holly on August 18, 2011

Andrea’s already debated whether hotel gyms are a waste of space, and cited research which implied that three quarters of travellers are swayed on where to stay by a hotel’s gym facilities.  If, like me, you count yourself among them, it’s handy to know not only that your hotel has a gym but also what that gym […]


Best London hotels for Japan addicts.

by Rajul on July 20, 2011

Attention all Japan lovers! This weekend (22-24 July) sees the second running of Hyper Japan at London’s Olympia Two exhibition centre, with a share of the proceeds going to the region affected by the recent Tohoku Pacific Earthquake. The exhibition is a fun extravaganza of all things Japanese, celebrating all aspects of Nippon culture including […]

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Note: the article below was published in 2011.  We’ve since posted an up-to-date rundown of top 10 best-value London hotel afternoon teas in 2013 with lovely photos. This blog recently looked at London hotel afternoon teas to explore whether they are an overpriced indulgence or a value-for-money treat.  We also listed the top 17 hotel […]


Afternoon tea is a quintessentially English tradition and it’s no surprise that London hotels do a roaring trade in it.  As of late however, its popularity has soared and according to the London Evening Standard, some hotels are now putting on six sittings of afternoon tea every day to keep up! But what is the […]


Are hotel gyms a waste of space?

by Andrea on February 2, 2011

I’m a runner.  I like nothing better than hitting Hyde Park for a quick 5k (well – let me admit, a fairly sedate 5k to be honest!).  But on a miserable day when it’s pelting with rain – or at night – that’s not really an option.  Which leaves the hotel gym. For me, that’s […]