Scarfes Bar interior

Rosewood London – Holborn, WC1

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With its winning combination of English heritage meets contemporary sophistication, Rosewood London sits firmly in the highest echelons of the capital’s luxury hotels. The Grade II-listed Belle Époque building has the feel of a stylish London residence; guests enter a grand, wrought iron-gated former carriage arch, leading to the hotel’s historic central courtyard, with its majestic stone facades while the Grand Pavonazzo marble staircase soars to a dizzying 166-foot cupola. Inside, the hotel is the work of two designers: Tony Chi created the 263 glamorous rooms and 45 suites, splendid Rose Bronze Gallery entrance and the jewel box Mirror Room restaurant, which serves an innovative art-inspired afternoon tea that changes depending on London’s latest art exhibitions. Martin Brudnizki designed both the Holborn Dining Room – a bustling British brasserie with a trendy gin bar – and the wildly popular Scarfes Bar, its walls decorated with paintings by satirist Gerald Scarfe. Don’t miss Holborn Dining Room’s head chef Calum Franklin’s Pie Room, dedicated to one of Britain’s most iconic dishes. Suites come with a dedicated butler, and service is faultless.

Doubles from £500

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