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In the summer, I stayed at Rosewood London, a large imposing Edwardian Grade II-listed building situated in the heart of Holborn, London.
Rosewood London is an ultimate five-star luxury hotel with beautiful interiors and warm hospitality that offers guests a true urban sanctuary, with 262 rooms and 44 suites that are among the best in London. Rosewood London is also dog-friendly, a true luxury hotel for any pooch.
On arrival, making my entry through the main archway of the impressive building and with a sprawling courtyard, I was greeted by the staff decked out in snappy quintessentially English threads. The doormen took my luggage and I was also greeted by the resident pooch – Pearl, a stunning golden retriever, by the entrance. Walking up to an intricate copper entranceway, with over £1million pounds worth of copper lining with impressive black and white mosaic flooring, it was the most truly striking lobby I had ever laid eyes on.
After check-in, I was escorted to my room – Grand Premier Suite, located on the second floor. Impeccably elegant and supremely comfortable, Grand Premier Suites are one-bedroom residences spread out across an average of 85 sq. m. (915 sq. ft.) of living space. Entering through an eye-catching foyer, the suites provide a large, airy living room and a gracefully designed bedroom, making them ideal for guests seeking extra space or privacy.
There is a lot of rich history behind the hotel – Rosewood London used to be Chancery Court. With construction beginning in 1912, Rosewood London swiftly became one of the most prominent structures in London’s downtown district, containing an address on magnificent High Holborn, one of the city’s most historically-prized avenues. Designed in Edwardian and Belle Epoque styles by H. Percy Monckton, the first phase of the building’s design was completed in 1914, with the finishing stages occurring over the next 50 years. Throughout this time span, the building remained as headquarters for the Pearl Assurance Company.
There are plenty of things to do at Rosewood London, you can lounge around the hotel almost all day, starting from Mirror Room where you can sip a fresh coffee, chilling in the reception area reading one of their books from the striking large coffee table. In the afternoon, you can escape to the on-site spa – The Sense Spa for some pamper time and massage. Following your spa treatment, you can have a haircut at the hotel’s own salon – Matthew Curtis.
All pampered and “glammed up” for the evening, starting with few drinks at Scarfes bar, you have to try one of their signature cocktails before proceeding to a dinner at High Holborn Dining Room for their mouthwatering British dishes.
Scarfes Bar, inspired by the atmosphere of a drawing room and the sophistication of a gentleman’s club, features a roaring fire, a collection of cosy velvet armchairs and shelves filled with over 1,000 antique books hand-picked by a Portobello antiques dealer. A creative menu of cocktails and complimentary live music seven nights a week add to the conviviality and certainly give true meaning to the phrase ‘get scarfed’ at Gerald’s eponymous bar where potions and paintings meet.
The exquisitely designed and intimate Mirror Room, in the heart of Rosewood London, is a jewel box of a dining room. Floor-to-ceiling decorative mirrors, low lighting and lounge style seating all set the scene for a relaxed and social dining experience.
Rosewood London’s Art Afternoon Tea is inspired by London’s vibrant art scene featuring five of the most iconic modern artists including Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder, Banksy and Mark Rothko. Served within the elegant Mirror Room, our art-inspired afternoon tea includes a selection of mouth-watering finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and loose leaf teas accompanied by art-inspired pastries, created by Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins.
A grand brasserie set in midtown London, Holborn Dining Room serves up seasonal, locally sourced British cuisine with a twist in a vibrantly bustling dining salon. Combining reclaimed oak with antique mirrors, red leather banquettes with tweed detailing, and two patina copper-topped bars, it’s a place for enjoying a convivial meal with family and friends.
Last but not least,
The Gin Bar
Relaxed yet stylish, the copper-topped Gin Bar at the Holborn Dining Room offers London’s largest collection of gins, specialising in gin cocktails as well as classic cocktails, spirits, wines and craft beers. All served alongside the restaurant à la carte food menu. The Gin Bar and a number of tables are available without prior reservations, making them convenient for a quick drink or a spontaneous lunch or dinner on a walk-in basis just minutes from Covent Garden.
If you fancy a city sightseeing, a concierge is more than happy to help with your plan, especially theatre land which is only a few doors away, British Museum, Covent Garden, or shop till you drop at Oxford Street. Rosewood London has everything under one roof for your upcoming stay. Don’t forget to order a traditional black cab to travel in style.
Photos by Victoria Metaxas