London still has a few secrets. Spending a night at The Landmark London uncovered many things that make this hotel so interesting, from the best value luxury valet car park in London to some of the biggest entry level bedrooms. Here, just for you, are the secrets we have managed to uncover at The Landmark London:
The building – I felt like Aladdin rubbing his magic lamp. The entrance is so discreet and once through the doors, you are met with a high ceilinged Grand Dame hotel of quintessential London charm with an illustrious history which then morphs into an oasis of sumptuousness.
The Winter Garden – The focal point of The Landmark London is a magnificent glass roofed atrium full of natural light called The Winter Garden, a soaring 8 floor high glass atrium with giant palm trees and greenery worthy of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Room 524 – My room was a mid level Executive Room but it felt like a suite as it was 52 square metres in size with a living room area. The bedroom had a king size bed and adjoined a white Italian marble bathroom with walk-in shower and bath. It’s the small details that count like windows that open for fresh air and a very quiet heating system.
There are 250 rooms and a massive 51 suites too. The palatial Presidential Suite is 160 square metres with a lounge, a private dining room and ample bedroom complete with a walk in wardrobe and vanity room. Many rooms and suites look onto the Winter Garden, one of the most unique room views in any hotel.
Car Park – Yes, a car park! With The Landmark London next to Marylebone Station, Madame Tussauds and Regent’s Park, the location is ideal for London fun. However, parking in Central London is one of those rare luxuries that become expensive nightmares but fear not, I have uncovered a car park under the hotel which is open every day from 7am-11pm. Not only is it one of the best value parking spots in London, your car is valet parked by a suited member of staff. SADLY, the car park will be closed down on 1 May 2020 so head down before it is too late.
Breakfast – You will be glad to know that most eating happens at The Winter Garden. Breakfast is an all buffet affair dished up until 11 30am on weekends. We started with a continental selection of fruits, smoothies, yogurts, pastries and a well stocked Arabic section with flawless homous. After that, move on to a hot buffet of English breakfast items, pancakes as well as an omelette station. A breakfast well worth waking up for.
Lunch – I took my mum for lunch at the Winter Garden Restaurant where we met the most gracious, sweet lady called Ophelia who has been working here for 24 years. The menu is quite classic in style. A lobster and king prawn cocktail was generous and filled with chunks of fishy goodness enveloped in a classic Marie Rose sauce. A whole Dover Sole with brown shrimps and caper nut butter was so fresh and so big that we didn’t have pudding.
A spa with a chlorine free pool – There is a large jacuzzi, mosaic tiled steam rooms and one of London’s few chlorine-free 15-metre indoor pools which was heated to a sultry 31c. We finished in a relaxing Sanarium which uses aesthetic light and music to create a natural warmth.
Music – There is music for every occasion starting with live piano music on The Garden Terrace overlooking the palm trees of The Winter Garden every day from 12pm-8pm (yes the pianist is allowed to take breaks!). At Afternoon Tea a harpist hums and every Sunday at the popular champagne brunch, a piano and cellist duo pluck and finger their way into a new week. The Landmark London’s very own choir made up of hotel staff also make surprise appearances throughout the year.
A seamless celebrity exit – After checking out, you can walk through the hotel’s own covered walkway directly to Marylebone Station or collect your car from that secret car park. Please don’t tell anyone.
To discover more and book, visit: www.landmarklondon.co.uk
By Mark Captain
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