Review: Conrad London St. James
A trip to London is an annual necessity when based in the Middle East. Be it work, shopping or visiting friends and family, it is non-negotiable and always a highlight on the calendar. Deciding what hotel to stay in can be a tricky affair but the Conrad London St. James makes it all a little easier.
Situated in a highly sought-after location in Britain's political heartland, travellers can experience a sophisticated environment with a range of services, created with the business and leisure traveller in mind. The location here really is key. Connecting guests to the best shopping and leisure activities, from theatre productions to exciting food concepts. On your doorstep lies London's most iconic landmarks, all located within walking distance of Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace.
Offering 256 rooms and suites over six floors, from superior and executive rooms to duplex suites. The rooms are generally a good size, beds beyond comfortable to ensure you get that required good night’s sleep pre important business meeting. The typical work set up is found in all suites acting as the perfect office from home. You can be as efficient as if you were in the office itself. Clean, minimal design creates the perfect masculine but homely environment.
The food is another highlight. Although spoilt for choice with London’s restaurant scene, the hotel gives you an excuse to have at least one night in and enjoy a great meal in the comfort of the hotel. The Blue Boar restaurant boasts a typical British feel. Showcasing locally sourced produce, and freshly caught seafood from Devon and Cornwall in Head Chef Rob Stephen's menu. A relaxed, quiet but fun vibe is found in the evenings here. Dimly light, and with a great choice of grape as advised from their expert (rather funny) sommelier.
In keeping with the British feel, Emmeline's is the place for quintessential English afternoon tea. The tea has been created by Executive Pastry Chef Diana Sedlakova, who fuses classic afternoon tea with contemporary techniques, all inspired by the colours and flavours of the time of year. There is an extensive range of teas from Harney & Sons to choose from, including Earl Grey blue flowers and Jasmine silver needle. Menu highlights include Pheasant, pumpkin and toffee apple pasty with sage and smoked mackerel pâté and pickled cucumber on toasted brioche. These are followed by sandwiches with familiar flavours including Honey and mustard Wiltshire ham on cranberry bread. Bringing a whole new sense of luxury to the experience, tea sommeliers are on hand to ensure a personalised approach, giving guests the opportunity to breathe in the aroma of each before making their selection. Make sure you have time to try it out. While in England…
Conrad London St. James is opposite St James Park underground station and is just a five minute walk from Victoria railway station, with its express service to Gatwick airport available every 30 minutes. A private hotel car is also available on request. Conrad London St. James accepts reservations online at www.conradhotels.com/london