As London Fashion week is just around the corner, hotels across the city are at full capacity, with fashionistas and spectators alike flocking to the capital to attend shows from the likes of Christopher Kane, Burberry, Victoria Beckham, JW Anderson and more. Desperate to see the latest collections from their favourite designers, the streets of Soho are jam-packed with attendees, and the surrounding hotels, restaurants and bars even more so.
When it comes to picking somewhere to stay in London, you truly can be spoilt for choice. In such a vibrant and design-led city, there is truly a hotel to suit each individual’s taste and requirements. Across Gray Dawes, we all have our own personal favourites and so we’ve decided to share with you a selection from various members of our team, to give you some inspiration from our well-travelled staff.
The Ned, Hoxton Hotel and Moxy
David Bishop, Commercial Director
The Ned has a very different feel for a London hotel, it’s very busy and buzzy and feels similar to a New York hotel. The interior is completely unique as the hotel is situated in the former HQ of Midland Bank – where I once nervously visited for an interview when I was just 17 years old! – the bank vault is still actually in use within the hotel, and is now used as a beauty therapy room. The restaurant and bar area is very luxurious, and reminds me of the Wolseley in London.
Depending on whereabouts in London I need to be for convenience, I’d also recommend the Hoxton Hotel in Holborn and Moxy in Stratford – either for a stay or just for work. Both have really eclectic lounge areas which are great to work in and ideal for holding business meetings. There’s something quite quirky about the design of both hotels, with attention to design and lighting throughout.
The Sanderson Hotel
Gavin Sanderson, Head of Client Development
My name sake – The Sanderson Hotel. It was one of the first ‘funky’ hotels to hit London, and from the moment you walk through the doors you are transported into a very different world away from the hustle and bustle of the West End. Designed by Phillipe Starck, The Sanderson is truly a fun place to stay. If you’re lucky enough to be staying at the hotel, their Alice in Wonderland inspired Madhatters Afternoon Tea is a must, and has become incredibly popular.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Nick Alibey, Senior Sales
I have been fortunate to stay at this property on two occasions and each time it never fails to disappoint! As you walk in to the main reception the concierge teams are immediately on hand to collect your luggage and ensure a swift delivery to your hotel bedroom. Many of the hotels bedrooms are overlooking the Eurostar platforms which offers a truly unique setting – fortunately these bedrooms come with soundproof windows! I stayed in one of the Chambers Suites located close to the hotels famous spiral staircase. The rooms are extremely spacious with stunning high ceilings. The room I stayed in was was fitted with a full entertainment system and a dedicated work space, ideal for the business traveller. As part of my room package I was also entitled to make use of the hotels exclusive Chambers Club, here they serve a daily buffet breakfast, midday snack, afternoon tea and hors d’oeuvres. Chambers Club has plenty of private areas and really is a great venue to host important business meetings. I also had some leisure time during my stay and made use of the hotels health club featuring a gym and stunning spa and hydraulic pools, sauna and relaxation areas. And of course, a stay at St Pancras Renaissance hotel would not be complete without a dining experience within the Booking Office. The restaurant offers a traditional British menu with all products being locally sourced – the roasted bresse chicken and Eton Mess come highly recommended!
The Chesterfield Mayfair
Lisa Hornsby, Sales
Nothing compares to the outstanding service at the Chesterfield in Mayfair. It’s ideally situated, just minutes away from Bond Street, Piccadilly and of course the stunning Royal Parks. The interior is beautiful, and there are some stunning pieces of artwork placed around the hotel. This extends to the hotels’ rooms, where every single room is unique and individually designed. Butler’s, the Chesterfields restaurant, are renowned for serving the best Dover Sole in all of London, which sits alongside plenty of other delicious dishes on their menu. They’re also home to the Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea, inspired by Hardy’s Original Sweetshop – which is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth! If you prefer more of an alcoholic treat, they serve up unique molecular cocktails and offer gin tasting experiences. Whether I’m staying for business or leisure, the Chesterfield is always my first choice.
Park Plaza Westminster
Guy Dunwoody, Marketing Director
In April, I was staying at the Park Plaza Westminster, where we were lucky enough to receive a complimentary upgrade to one of their suites, which had a huge terrace with the most amazing view. It looked directly out over Westminster Bridge all the way across to Big Ben – and if that’s not the best view from a hotel in the whole of London, then I’d like to see what beats it!
We hope we’ve given you some inspiration when deciding where to stay next time you’re in the capital. If you’d like any assistance booking your next business trip to London, please get in touch with our team.