Overlooking Hyde Park, with the fountains of the latter’s Italian gardens in the foreground, this 18-story hotel enjoys panoramic views of London – in fact saying that almost all rooms have a 180-degree view.
What is less obvious at first glance, however, is that the luxury hotel, which has 411 rooms and suites, also has a fascinating history – including The Beatles who hosted their first Yellow movie after-party here. Submarine in 1968.
While the entrance, reception and much of the lower level of the property are opulently modern, the rest of the skyscraper’s exterior clearly dates back to the 1960s and was designed by architect Richard Seifert , which was very prolific at the time.
Originally intended to house the offices of UK entertainment conglomerate Rank Organization, when a financial incentive was introduced by the UK government to create more hotel rooms, its future was sealed.
Expect five-star opulence in a mid-century architectural icon. The hotel lives up to the word ‘royal’ in its name, with a suitably royal offering. Its Nine Kings Suite hospitality space, for example, refers to the lineage of the nine English kings who immediately followed John of Ghent, First Duke of Lancaster.
I am extremely fortunate to stay in the Park Suite on the 15th floor, a breathtaking space with views in not one, not two, but three directions.
There is a large living room with two luxury light blue sofas and a marble coffee table facing a 55 inch TV, which sits next to light wood shelves featuring London artwork and books including city guides and fashion books.
There is also a real desk and a dining table, and in the bathroom there is a large bathtub (facing a window so you can take in the view), a separate shower, two sinks and toiletries. White Company – as well as equipment including yours loofah.
The bedroom has a large king size bed, and it is from this room that I begin to really appreciate the view from the suite.
I find it hard to think of any London landmarks that I can’t see – those on the cast list include The Shard, the London Eye, the BT Tower, the City and Canary Wharf skyscrapers, the white towers of Battersea Power Station and the Royal Albert Hall – plus the bright, multicolored lights of the Winter Wonderland rides in Hyde Park.
Further to the right is the relative tranquility of Serpentine Lake, while closer to ground level I can see the hotel beehives.
The hotel has several dining areas – the first of which I noticed was the stylish Hyde Cafe, offering top notch baking. There is also, on the first floor, Nipa Thai, which holds the Thai Government’s Thai Select Award for Authenticity, nothing less. However, I enjoy the luxury of in-room dining, and from the extensive menu choose a main course of mozzarella and heirloom tomato salad. Breakfast is served at the Park Restaurant and I sit admiring the Italian gardens – believed to have been a gift from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria – as I weave my way through everything from pastry to fruit. by the hummus from the buffet.
Worth getting out of bed for
After eating a hearty breakfast, I decide to stretch my legs, first with a foray into Hyde Park, then to Marble Arch before heading to Selfridges department store heaven.
Ravaged by a cafe there, I walk to Burlington Arcade on Piccadilly and do some window shopping at Fortnum & Mason. You can also walk through Hyde Park in a different direction towards Harrods in Knightsbridge, for example – perhaps stopping at Kensington Palace – while the hotel is within walking distance of Paddington station where you can catch the Heathrow Express .
The Royal Lancaster points out that it now fully accepts dogs and that all rooms are soundproofed. The hotel is also suitable for families, including children’s facilities.
As former Beatles visitors once sang “I get high”, the height of this hotel offers several floors to enjoy sweeping views of the city and a luxurious sanctuary to admire them.
The Royal Lancaster London offers a number of packages including a delicious dinner, bed and breakfast package from £ 359 based on two people, including: one night in one of the beautifully designed bedrooms with a delicious breakfast the next morning. course dinner in Nipa Thai (includes either a starter and a main course OR a main course and a dessert). Excluding drinks. More flexibility with free cancellation until 4 p.m. the day before your arrival