Strand Palace – London, WC2
Since 1909, Strand Palace has been welcoming guests to its unbeatable location on the famous thoroughfare of the Strand. Just minutes from Covent Garden and the River Thames, it is perfectly placed for those who are eager to explore the heart of the capital. The hotel has recently completed a two-year, multi-million-pound refurbishment with modern Art Deco-inspired design that channels the spirit of the hotel’s earlier 1920s heyday. In addition to refreshing all 785 bedrooms, the brand new restaurant and bar, Haxells, is the ideal spot to enjoy a bite to eat before seeing a West End show. With 240 covers, the all-day restaurant serves modern British fare at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus there is a private dining room and a new, quintessentially English afternoon tearoom, decorated in rich Bordeaux red, where scones, finger sandwiches and delightful cakes are served alongside special loose leaf tea varieties. Joe Allan, a New York-style brasserie known as the West End’s Canteen for its popularity with actors, is also located on the ground floor of the hotel.
Doubles from £110
+44 (0)20 7379 4737; strandpalacehotel.co.uk