Can a hotel corridor be seductive? It can here. From the lift you navigate a graceful arc of black-painted strips of wood in which bedroom doors are all but invisible as gently curving walls give the impression of infinite depth, and create a zen mood of unhurried calm. Throughout, bespoke Italian design is combined with subtle Asian nuances. Contemporary, cosseting rooms are furnished with soft carpets and warm wood panelling, and have some of the largest bathrooms  in London. Guests can sign up for yoga and personal training sessions or work-out in the gym; pampering in-room COMO Shambhala therapies and spa treatments can be arranged. The Halkin Bar, just off the lobby, is the place for a Basque-inspired afternoon tea or delicious tapas supper. Located on a quiet residential street in Belgravia, the boutiques of Mayfair and Knightsbridge are a ten-minute walk away and Hyde Park is just round the corner. COMO The Halkin remains effortlessly stylish and those casting about for a spoiling, impeccably designed London base should look no further.

Doubles from £390

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COMO The Halkin