In the world’s most fashionable cities, five-star hotels are constantly pitting themselves against each other to provide the best. While some may shout about what they offer, it’s often the quieter, more understated establishments that embody the true feeling of luxury, and that is absolutely the case with South Place Hotel.
Located in London’s financial district – otherwise known as the City – South Place Hotel is surrounded by offices. Don’t let that fool you: it’s a far cry from a business hotel. Once inside it becomes immediately clear the hotel is one of the coolest establishments in the area: the ground-floor 3 Bar is famed for its delicious cocktails and for stocking more than 40 different varieties of gin, while the first of the hotel’s two restaurants, South Place Chop House, offers a contemporary take on a traditional 18th-century chop house, setting the tone for this boutique hangout.
In addition to the Chop House, South Place Hotel is also home to one of the finest restaurants in the area, the Michelin-starred Angler. A favourite of London foodies, the seafood restaurant has a stunning terrace and a constantly changing menu, ensuring only the freshest responsibly sourced fish makes it on to its tables. For a true gastronomic experience, diners can sit at the Angler's Chef’s View, a semi-private dining table seating 14 people and providing a close-up view of the restaurant’s talented team at work, as well as unrivalled views of some of the district’s most famous landmarks.
The main event, however, is the accommodation. The hotel’s 80 rooms range from intimate loft spaces on the top floor to extravagant suites, including the three-bed East Wing, all featuring top-of-the-range technology. Each room comes equipped with state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen televisions, electric blackout blinds and mood lighting that can be controlled by a touch of a button on the bedside control panel. Oversized bathrooms with walk-in rainfall showers, or bathtubs big enough for two, underline the luxury standard being set.
Before the end of the night, don’t miss a visit to the hotel’s Secret Garden, if you’re lucky enough to find it. With palm trees and waterfall features, this outdoor oasis is perfect for a nightcap whatever the weather thanks to its retractable roof and heaters, making it the perfect place to relax with an expertly made cocktail or glass of champagne, and perhaps even a cigar, before calling it a night at what is undoubtedly one of London’s coolest boutique hotels.
South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, +44(0)20 3503 0000