If you’re travelling into the City for the Lord Mayor’s Show, you’ll need a place to rest your head once the day’s celebrations are over. So, why not make your stay one to remember?
There are so many gorgeous hotels in and around the Square Mile, with sensational bars, heavenly-soft beds and relaxing spas, as well as some of the best restaurants in the whole of London.
To help you make your choice, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite five-star stays, each with their own sense of style and personality. So let us take you on a tour!
Andaz Liverpool Street
It’s hard to miss the grandeur of the Andaz while walking to or from Liverpool Street Station (an ideal location if you’re travelling up to London especially for the Lord Mayor Show). The Grade II-listed, Victorian brick facade bellows beauty as it sits juxtaposed next to the hustle and bustle of the City of London. Inside is a different story. The Andaz’s interior is contemporary, yet whimsical, while the rooms have been designed to feel more like home than a hotel.
Taking inspiration from its hipster neighbour Shoreditch, the City hotel is awash with colour murals and fresh style, but still remains regal and refined with its original elegant tall ceilings, large rooms and glorious staircases.
The rooms are spacious and modern, with a gorgeous, calm, grey colour palette and wonderful double and king-sized beds.
Despite being in the heart of the City, the triple-glazed windows keep out the noise, so you’ll be able to wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to take on the new day.
With 14 event spaces and five food and beverage outlets, make sure you give yourself enough time to explore the vast hotel – if you can fit it all in between LMS celebrations!
40 Liverpool Street EC2M 7QN
Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square
You’ll find this lavish five-star hotel in the heart of the City of London, overlooking the Tower of London and adjacent to Tower Hill underground station.
The grand grade II-listed building possessed a colourful history before becoming the hotel we know today. The former Port of London Authority building was built in the Beaux-Arts style in 1922, which was fashionable for civic buildings in the Edwardian era. While the original rotunda dome was created to emulate that of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
With three restaurants (including the two-Michelin-starred La Dame de Pic), a spa, gym and shops, Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square is an experience in itself. If you want a real treat, we recommend booking the Executive Room – complete with tall ceilings, mirrors which transform into televisions, a lounge area and even a walk-through wardrobe, it oozes luxury.
Bursting with history and indulgence, the Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square is the ideal place to rest your head after celebrating the new Lord Mayor.
10 Trinity Square EC3N 4AJ
Just over the bridge, Hilton Bankside is the perfect place to take some time out from the hustle and bustle of the busy weekend. Helpfully located near Southwark underground, the five-star hotel has 292 modern guest rooms of varying sizes. Each room offers feather-soft beds and soothing décor, creating the ideal zone for putting your feet up after an exciting day.
If you want to continue your LMS celebrations into the evening, head to hotel’s rustic bar, The Distillery. Sip on your favourite cocktail or try something more historical – the bar makes its own bitters with which to accent drinks inspired by the buildings’ heritage as a distillery.
2-8 Great Suffolk Street SE1 0UG
Just off City Road, you’ll find an alluring green ‘n’. This is the entrance to lockdown-born nhow London hotel. Somewhat unassuming otherwise, the dark-glassed building is home to an explosion of colour and fabric inside. The arty and bold interiors feel like an enthusiastic hug as you enter the hotel and will keep you entertained while you wait to check in.
An ongoing partnership with London’s Jealous Gallery, the arty and bold design is a joyful celebration of London – think British icons and London landmarks. Graffiti is sprayed around the main reception area alongside unconventional images of past monarchs. What’s more, the gallery hosts exhibitions throughout the year in the hotel’s restaurant-cum-bar-cum-lounge.
Located only minutes from Old Street’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’, the eight-floor hotel houses 190 rooms, a restaurant in the style of a British pub, a bar, gym and three meeting rooms called Laboratories.
The bright and hip rooms will definitely put a smile on your face. Designed by architecture and interiors studio, Project Orange, the decor blends punk and high-tech styles with different textures and colours to create a unique effect.
2 Macclesfield Road EC1V 8DG
With a nod to 1920’s glamour, The Ned marries vintage design and contemporary décor in a way that simply excels. Named after the original building’s architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, the venue is spread over eight floors above ground and three below, with 250 sumptuously decorated rooms.
After a busy day watching the LMS parade, you’re bound to be hungry and thirsty, but not to fret: The Ned is home to nine restaurants, serving food from around the world, including Italian, Californian and Asian-Pacific. So, whatever you’ve got a hankering for The Ned can provide!
And that’s not all The Ned can offer. A hotel as well as an exclusive members’ club, it has both an indoor and rooftop pool, a gym and boxing gym, a barber shop, spa and hammam. So, if you find yourself in need of a rest after the excitement of the weekend’s events, why not treat yourself to a soothing deep tissue massage or a heavenly facial?
If you’d rather treat yourself to some liquid relaxation, The Ned also has 15 gorgeous bars – our favourite is The Parlour, an intimate jazz and cabaret bar.
27 Poultry EC2R 8AJ
The former Victorian bank is now a beautiful boutique-style hotel with an elegant stained-glass dome just moments from Tower Bridge in the heart of the City.
With natural, muted tones throughout, the hotel is the ultimate place to relax with an emphasis on natural wood furnishings, plush soft furnishings and dim lighting. Take afternoon tea in the iconic dome lounge and enjoy treats from a menu created by Marco Pierre White. For an extra treat, add a glass of Champagne.
5 Threadneedle Street EC2R 8AY