K West Hotel and Spa is a little different to the hotels we usually stay in. An impressive picture of glass and metal, this cube is an impressive landmark. Situated in the heart of Shepherds Bush, the building used to belong to the BBC and now is immersed in the music scene, which it thoroughly celebrates. A stone’s throw from Westfield shopping centre, this is the coolest place to rest your weary head after a hard day’s shopping.
K West is achingly hip, with striking modern art in the lobby, which is also a bar and hosts live music once a week. Portraits of music legends adorn the walls, from Bob Marley to U2, but rather than feeling superior, it feels friendly and relaxed – the perfect vibe.
We were here to sample the Glam Rock Afternoon tea – such a fun idea and a nod to the musical roots of Shepherds Bush. But first we were shown to our suite – a lovely bright, fresh and modern room with neutral décor and fun pops of colour – colourful lounge cushions, a cute pink desk chair and some striking urban art that took over one of the walls. Perfect for a hen party, it was a really good size, spacious enough to relax in, and would also make a great alternative, retro modern space to get ready for a local wedding.
Of course, being so close to Westfield, we had to make a little pilgrimage to the shopping mecca of London, so we left the hotel for a spot of retail therapy. It really is so close, it would be rude not to visit!
K West also has a spa, which we enjoyed a little trip to. I love a central London spa – a little escape from the bustle of the city, and this one did not disappoint. Twinkling lights sparkled down from the ceiling above a hydrotherapy pool, and we also enjoyed a sauna and steam. K Spa has a unique snow paradise – the first in London – which mimics the Finnish tradition of ‘hot-cold therapy’. A room is filled with natural snow and chilled to -15°C. You can alternate between the steam room and snow room – it definitely was a new experience!
After a lovely night’s sleep, we enjoyed a breakfast among hipster media types in the restaurant – lovely avocado and poached eggs – before another trip to Westfield for a little more retail therapy before our Glam Rock Afternoon Tea.
Glam Rock Afternoon Tea
Like most aspects of the hotel, this is pure fun. With each course served on an old record player and the menu on a record itself, it’s a true musical experience. We enjoyed sandwiches, scones and sweet little cakes along with cocktails and tea in the glossiest coloured metallic teacups. It was such a lovely experience and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. A little shopping, spa trip and a Glam Rock Afternoon Tea at K West would make a truly joyful hen party – perfect for music-lovers!