The French would say métro, boulot, dodo (literally: tube, work, sleep) to describe the daily routine we all have to endure. Don’t be tricked by those fancy-sounding words: routine is boring, even in French – and especially when the winter seems to not want to go away and the summer holidays are still a mirage.
But how can we escape the London fog, without leaving the city? Simple: pretend to be a tourist in your own ’hood.
With that in mind, here’s stylist.co.uk’s ultimate London staycation list.
More than 100 years ago, Mr Goring decided to install a sheep in every room of his hotel. Why? For businessmen waking up in the middle of night, seeing the sheep was like seeing a familiar face. They instantly knew where they were: at The Goring.
Today, this tradition is very much alive, and eccentricity is one of the strongest assets of this opulent hotel. But the (Michelin) star of the venue is The Dining Room. Headed by Executive Chef Shay Cooper, the restaurant is a joy for the senses: while your taste buds will be out of control, the elegant but relaxing atmosphere will wrap you in a warm, decadent hug, all seasoned with a bit of good old French charm.
If you’ve always wished you were born a couple of decades earlier, head to The Henrietta. This Covent Garden hotel is a Seventies dream, despite opening in May 2017. The methodical design, featuring bold colours, contemporary accents and original pieces, give the space a unique Parisian flair. Add in the big glass roof on the mezzanine, and The Henrietta is definitely the newest cool kid in town.
Nothing screams ‘cool’ more than a rooftop lido in the heart of Shoreditch. Opened less than a year ago, this New-York inspired oasis is already one of the neighbourhood’s favourite creative spots.
Not only a hotel but a members club, The Curtain is the perfect place to work and network, but also to drink one of the fabulous cocktails from the Trash Tiki bar. And the best part? You can do all this while relaxing on a lounger by the pool.
If opulence is what you’re after, The Mandrake will not disappoint. This surrealist space opened in September 2017 to give Londoners a taste of hedonistic fun, and entering the lounge already feels like being teleported into another dimension.
The details of the interiors are carefully chosen to make the visitors feel at home in a luxurious botanical paradise, with the Jurema Bar at the heart of the hotel. During the summer, the delicate smell of jasmine flowers in this evergreen jungle will tempt you to enjoy a delicious cocktail, and another one…
The Ned is more than a hotel, it’s a real complex. Set in the former Midland Bank building, the space includes 10 restaurants, 250 bedrooms and a range of men’s and women’s grooming services.
Most importantly, it is the home of the ‘Ned’s Club’. Here, members have access to a rooftop pool overlooking the London skyline, gym, spa, hammam and late-night lounge bar in the bank’s original vault.
But while the amenities are incredible, what stands out is the decor. Entering The Ned is like getting lost in the roaring Twenties– the chicest vintage revival around.
Images: Courtesy of the hotels