English splendour mingles with contemporary flair in what was once a tranquil oasis for the gentry to retreat to during visits to the capital. Effortlessly elegant, the largely neutral bedrooms have been appointed with regal touches as well as all the contemporary frills you could wish for. If you’re staying in one of the nine plush suites there’s the added bonus of a personal butler.
The David Collins designed bar is unsurprisingly stunning and features three adjoining rooms. Salvaged leather and tough studded tables are juxtaposed by dusty pistachio walls and with cocktails so outstanding; you’ll never want to leave. For a different and all round healthier form of relaxation the UK’s only Aman spa is worth the visit alone. Therapies are inspired by China, India and the Americas and there’s a very apt list of ‘treatments for the traveller’.
Best room: Named after the Duke of Connaught, The Princes Lodge embodies both British style and Islamic design. Hand-carved furniture and striking paintings are mixed in with high-tech elements plus a dramatic marble bathroom – ideal for the refined traveller.
Dress code: If there was ever a place to put a poised off-duty look to the test it’s here.
020 7499 7070
Doubles from £398.00