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Once upon a time in London: The most stylish hotels and places to be

16.08.2015 / 12:00 Uhr

With Regina Motalib

London - the fashion metropolis and most frequently visited city in Europe. There is no other place where you can spot the newest trends, eccentric streetstyles or most fashionable places. Our chief editor Daniel teams up with our London correspondent Regina Motalib to take you on a tour of the finest abodes and attractions of a timeless city that effortlessly combines vintage charm with cutting edge style. It does not matter whether you have a low or high budget: in London short and spontaneous weekends, costly shopping trips or spa visits are possible. Let's go then!

Bloomsbury Hotel - in the centre of London life!

Steeped in history, this elegantly restored building sits in the heart of 18th-century Bloomsbury and houses a luxury hotel. It perfectly blends old school charm with modern essentials - so you can sink into the red velvet chaise logue while sipping the perfect blend of coffee from the Nespresso machine.

Whether it’s the energy of the West End, the fashion boutiques of Covent Garden or the drama of Theatre Land, location-wise the Bloomsbury Hotel offers a lot to the guests. Its proximity to Oxford Street means you can shop till you (almost) drop. Back in the hotel, the Victorian bathtub in an elegant atmosphere is waiting to soothe you.

In the antique library guest can dine in proper style.   Copyright: Bloomsbury Hotel/PR

Daniel & Regina’s opinion: Quintessentially-English (interiors), enchanting (proximity to The Disney Store) and posh (oak-panelled restaurant). Pure luxury!

Address: 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7347 1000

www.doylecollection.com/BloomsburyHotel

Malmaison Hotel - noble and moody!

Located in London’s Square Mile, this former nurse's home is the perfect haven for a good rest and relaxation. If you like glamourous boudoirs with wood floors and oversized bathtubs, the suites of this boutique hotel will fascinate you. The deluxe bedroom radiates style and sex appeal and leaves you cooing "Oh là là." If the nearby Museum of London leaves you hungry for more excitement, jump into the Underground and stop at the magical space Kensington Roof Gardens. Here real flamingos wander around the garden with a restaurant over the roofs of London.

The Malmaison Hotel combines classic elements with modern decor and a luxurious ambience.   Copyright: Malmaison Hotel/PR

Daniel & Regina’s opinion: Swanky (bathroom), moody (ambience) and elegant (decor). When can we move in, please?

Address: 18-21 Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AH

Phone: 084469 30656

https://www.malmaison.com/locations/london

Kensington Roof Gardens - Babylon Restaurant

Imagine dining alfresco while you are looking at pink flamingos, one hundred feet above one of London's busiest and most fashionable high streets. Enjoy amazing views of London's skyline as you feast on Cornish Crab Pasta and Summer Truffle Risotto, then take a walk in one and half acres of stunning themed gardens and say hello to the friendly pink birds.

The fast route to your beloved's heart - Pink flamingos and fine dining!   Copyright: Kensington Roof Gardens

Daniel & Regina’s opinion: Prepare to be amazed!

www.virginlimitededition.com/en/the-roof-gardens

Tune Hotel Canary Wharf - nice and low priced!

The philosophy behind the Tune Hotel chain is that you get five-star beds without paying the five-star price. Despite the low-cost character the hotel sits discretely but perfectly amongst London’s financial district. Beside high quality beds, guests enjoy high pressure showers in the ensuite bedrooms. The ‘pay as you use’-system allows you to save cash and spend it on designer shopping sprees.

Small but nice: The Tune Hotel spoils its guest with comfortable five-star beds.   Copyright: Tube Hotel/PR

Daniel’s opinion: Awesome prices, comfy five-star beds and hot, high-pressure showers and affordable for everyone.

Address: 21 Hertsmere Road West, London E14 4BS

Email: fd.canarywharf.uk@tunehotels.com

www.tunehotels.com/Canary-Wharf

London Bridge Hotel - high life in the city centre!

This hotel is city-chic as it should be: close to the station and with some of London’s hippest sightseeing hot spots like the Shard on its doorstep. Across the road are Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. If you want to see the best of London from a glass pod, the London Eye is only a pleasant walk or short train ride away. The deluxe rooms offer fashionable guests a walk-in closet, DVD player and iPod dock. So it’s hard to believe that this stylish four-star hotel was opened in a building from as early as 1915.

The London Bridge Hotel offers a nice ambience with decor made of leather, wood and marble.   Copyright: London Bridge Hotel/PR

Daniel & Regina’s opinion: Opulent afternoon tea, welcoming concierges Amit & Norbert and divine walk-in-closets.

Address: 8-18 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7855 2200

www.londonbridgehotel.com

​The Coca-Cola London Eye - Get the London look

Step aboard the world's largest observation wheel and enjoy 360° views of London's most famous landmarks such as Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge. All capsules are air conditioned. Tickets include a pre-flight 4D short movie about London.

Have a look with the London Eye!   Copyright: PR

Daniel & Regina’s opinion: Cute way to experience London and make happy memories.

www.londoneye.com

Go Native Mayfair - the dream of a private holiday home!

These 5 star apartments of Go Native offer a practical but luxurious alternative to hotels. They ensure their guests get the home-from-home feeling. The interior design of the apartments is in accordance with the 1890’s Victorian mews property. Minimalist decor and contemporary British furniture complement the building’s heritage. The impressive marble bathrooms feature White Company products and the stylish kitchens are perfect to entertain guests. It is well located for leisurely walks to Hyde Park and West End shopping. If you wish to dine like a Maharaja, forget cooking and head to the nearby lavish, French-Indian restaurant, La Port des Indes. You might sit next to Will Smith or other celebrities who love dining there.

You feel like a real Londoner when living in a Go Native apartment.   Copyright: Go Native Mayfair/PR

Daniel’s opinion: Ideal location, noble accommodation and exquisite facilities. Cinderella and Sleeping-Beauty-feeling that you have to experience.

Address: 10 Lees Pl, London W1K 6LL

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7313 3886

www.gonative.com/go_native_mayfair

La Porte des Indes

Only a stones throw away from Hyde Park and a popular haunt for local and visiting celebrities is this gem of a restaurant. Enjoy delicious French-influenced, traditional Indian dishes in an Edwardian ballroom with palms and a waterfall. Dress up in your most stylish frock and dine with the stars in style.

Have a dinner where celebrities like Will Smith and David Beckham like to eat.   Copyright: La Porte des Indes

Daniel & Regina’s opinion: Yummy food and omg... is that really Will Smith over there?

www.laportedesindes.com/london

Chewton Glen tree houses - a fairytale just a train ride away!

For a respite from the hustle and bustle of London's life, jump on a train from Waterloo to New Milton in Hampshire. Deep in the New Forest is a gem that will be unforgettable. The stunning architecture and interiors of the Chewton Glen tree houses will take your breath away. Built high among the trees of a secluded valley, each tree house sits on stilts. The state-of-the-art facilities include iPads for room service requests, coffee machines with wow-factor, luxurious bathrooms with huge free-standing bathtubs. But none of this interferes with your connection with nature.

Turn up the volume of the high tech music system playing Frank Liszt's Liebestraum and dive into the natural beauty of your surroundings from your jaccuzi tub on the terrace. The floor to ceiling windows allows nature to envelop you in a ‘green tartan blanket embrace’. The last things that you need to complete the magic are summer-time English rain and thunderstorms. You will emerge from this break feeling like a movie star. In fact, forget Vegas - what happens in the treehouse stays in the treehouse…

The Chewton Glen Tree Houses offer the perfect escape from hectic city life.   Copyright: Chewton Glen Tree Houses/PR

Daniel & Regina’s opinion: Dreamy (coffee machine), dramatic (architecture) and a speechless Daniel. A once in a lifetime experience! If you spend your honeymoon, the most romantic night of your life, in this fairytale land - we believe you will live together happily ever after!

Adress: New Milton, New Forest, Hampshire, England, UK, BH25 6QS

Phone: +44 (0) 1425 275 341

www.chewtonglen.com/tree-house-suites

You will find more impressions and hot-spots in the gallery. See you soon, London!

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