Arriving at Lancaster London on a seriously blustery day was like coming into a retreat from the elements, the foyer is grand yet welcoming with a thick swirly carpet and a long reception desk, with not much else.
We headed up to our room on the 18th floor and were greeted by breathtaking views of Hyde park and the London skyline. We were staying in the executive suite which is on the top floor of the Lancaster, which had super thick curtains, a huge bed with plump pillows and an area to lounge with two armchairs.
Lancaster London is an iconic mid-century hotel, offering world-class hospitality in an unbeatable Hyde Park location.
Proudly distinct, this London landmark commands unrivalled panoramic views across the capital’s skyline.
The hotel enjoys a privileged position in central London, close to the bustling shopping districts of Oxford and Bond Street, internationally famed West End theatres, museums and tourist attractions. For business guests, the financial district is only 15 minutes away, and for those looking to explore Hyde Park the green parkland is a minute from the hotel.
Instead of using the gym facilities we braced ourselves against the harsh wind and took a long walk in Hyde Park towards the Serpentine. I’ve not been down the Lancaster hotel end of the park before so it was a proper touristy walk past the Diana memorial, and the other side of the serpentine lake. We lunched at the serpentine restaurant and watched several paddle boat couples being rescued and towed away from the edge of the lake, much to our amusement.
We re-thought our boating plans and instead looped back around the park, via the serpentine gallery and back to the hotel.
The hotel has a few different restaurants and also the rather charming Lancaster Lounge, which is the ideal place to relax with a coffee or cocktail. They host a fun, yet traditional afternoon tea with nostalgic candy inspired sweet treats such as white chocolate truffle & raspberry lollipops with popping candy; mini pistachio macaroons; and a caramel & hazelnut tranche.
As the weather had sent a chill through me I indulged in a deep bath, I was able to lie down completely flat which at 5’9” I haven’t been able to do since I was a child, much fun was had.
A fluffy white robe hung in the wardrobe which I gladly swaddled myself in and lay on the huge bed to gaze out at London’s skyline, with a glass of champagne, of course.
Up there you do feel a world away from everything and by being at the edge of Hyde Park you have a direct route into London through the most beautiful scenery. I would highly recommend staying here to gain a different perspective on London, whether you’ve never been before or even like me as a Londoner.
The next morning we took breakfast in our room to make the most of our spectacular view, we gorged on a full English breakfast, croissants, gallons of coffee and the healthier options of smoothies and fresh fruit. By 12 we had made ample use of our room and so checked out feeling refreshed and well rested.
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