On a gorgeously sunny city day, we found ourselves at Royal Lancaster London. Promising truly charming hospitality we were excited to see its multi-million-pound refurbishment and what it had to offer.
Spacious and luxurious, the lobby was playing host to a film crew when we arrived, filming a video for the hotel itself, so we stayed a while and enjoyed watching the process and taking in the beautiful surroundings.
Our suite at Royal Lancaster London
We were shown to our suite through corridors with a honeycomb print carpet – the hotel’s signature motif and a nod to the hives of bees that live on the roof, providing the hotel with their very own honey. This motif is mirrored all over the hotel, such a lovely way to echo nature in the decor.
Fresh pastries and wine welcomed us to our suite along with a lovely personal note, but it was the view that truly took our breath away. The suite was situated at the corner of the hotel, so we enjoyed amazing panoramic views over London. Fresh and clean, the suite boasted modern tech, and the bathroom dazzled in white marble with lovely White Company products. It was so relaxing and comfortable as well as being sleek and stylish, the suite just had such a naturally luxurious feel.
It sits right on Hyde Park, so we enjoyed a walk around the park, basking in the season’s sunshine before getting ready for our dinner at Nipa, the hotel’s Thai restaurant. Named after its owner’s wife, Nipa is welcoming, cozy and lively. Its kitchen is traditionally all female and it serves authentic Thai cuisine.
After a welcome cocktail, we took recommendations on the menu from our attentive and friendly waiter. We thoroughly enjoyed a taste of Thailand in our selection of starters before sampling a divine mixed seafood spicy green coconut curry and noodles with king prawns. Dessert was served in half a coconut shell – coconut ice cream and a mango cake with sorbet. Exquisite food and amazing service.
After a peaceful night’s sleep, we enjoyed breakfast at the Park Restaurant where we sampled Royal Lancaster honey. Made just a few floors up in the hives of resident bees, I’ve never had honey like it! Beautiful breakfast with lovely service, I enjoyed poached eggs and avocado, but the restaurant offers not only a full English breakfast but Arabic, Japanese and Thai breakfasts as well as a continental buffet.
Head concierge, Sebastian, gave us a tour of the hotel and showed us the beautiful wedding facilities. There are a number of different suites at the hotel, and the largest rooms, Nine Kings Suite and the Westbourne Suite, can both accommodate up to 1200 guests for a drinks reception. The rooms are fitted with state-of-the-art technology and can transform at the touch of a button. Chandeliers in Nine Kings Suite can be raised and lowered for different effects and it has its own entrance. Access is so easy, they regularly hold car launches there.
All too soon it was time to leave and we were sent on our way with chocolates for the journey. What a gorgeous stay at Royal Lancaster London – thanks so much for having us!