Stylish suites for a London staycation
Muddy walks through the local park will no longer be the only option on the weekend agenda, and as hotels reopen on 17th May, the stage will be set to step back into London in style with a stay in one of the top suites in the Red Carnation Hotels' collection. Each hotel reflects the distinct heritage of its neighbourhood so whether you are looking for a chic weekend break in Kensington or to rediscover the history of Knightsbridge, there is a suite character for everyone. The question is: which suite style fits your criteria comeback?
Best for living like royalty
After being cooped up at home, walking the same route and repeating routines, it is time for travellers to revive their souls and breathe in the culture and history of London once again. The Egerton House Hotel is a boutique townhouse located in the heart of Knightsbridge, on a quiet street overlooking private gardens. Guests can start their quest to rediscover their passion for the history of the city in the V&A Suite which is dedicated to the royal couple, Victoria and Albert. With a separate lounge area that takes you back to the time of the Tudors and featuring unique furniture and lavish fabrics that adorn the room, this is one of the most exquisitely designed signature suites in London.
EAT THIS: Journey into wonderland with the new 'Down the Rabbit Hole' picnic inspired by the new Alice in Wonderland exhibition at the V&A. Dog owners can treat their pooches to their very own tea complete with new 'dog-tinis' and canapés.
DON'T MISS: Head to the classically elegant Bar where guests can try mixing their own Martini with a thrilling masterclass that teaches the tricks and skills behind the famous tipple so guests can enjoy theirs shaken or stirred, dirty or with a twist.
HOW: Rates at The Egerton House Hotel start from £500 per night.
Best for style aficionados
As the lockdown starts to ease, now is the time to leave the loungewear at home and get back to London. The Capital is one of the world's best fashion cities and has long been celebrated for being the European incubator for the world's most searing fashion talents. Fashionistas should match where they stay to their stylish life and the Hermes Suite at The Milestone Hotel & Residences is the perfect base. Elegant interiors are characterised throughout by shades of rich green, the malachite of the deep-pile carpet carried through in the emerald sofa, jacquard bedspread and celadon vases and lamps. For those with an eye for detail, the Hermes Suite never fails to disappoint. The residence is replete with unique objets d'art that add to its storied grandeur. Six of the suite's 12 eponymous vintage Hermès scarves dominate the focal wall. Hand-picked by Bea Tollman, the President & Founder of Red Carnation Hotels, their vibrant designs add flourishes of style and colour.
EAT THIS: For the lockdown Netflix obsessed, guests can eat like a queen and enjoy an afternoon tea inspired by The Crown – an occasion definitely worth getting dressed up for.
DON'T MISS: An in-room pedicure after a long day shopping or a Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in-Suite private recital and performance.
HOW: Rates at The Milestone Hotel & Residences start from £500 per night.
Best for micro-wedding celebrations
With many couples having to postpone or pivot their wedding plans in 2020, there has been a boom in demand for city based micro-weddings. Many venues are seeing couples have a change of heart on their 'dream day' and opt for smaller, more intimate affairs with a close-knit circle of friends and family. The Chesterfield Mayfair is licensed for civil ceremonies - the Library and Royal Suite are beautiful rooms that provide the perfect backdrop for a wedding service. The Chesterfield Suite is the perfect space for the wedding squad to get ready or for the bride and groom to relax after their big day. With meaningful touches and personalisation, The Chesterfield Mayfair sets an elegant scene where special memories are created for all guests and their family and friends.
EAT THIS: Whilst the bride squad is busy getting ready the groom's team can enjoy beer and cheese tasting sourced from Neals Yard.
DON'T MISS: A picnic with the Sweetshop Afternoon tea with the whole group in the park all prepared for guests.
HOW: Rates at The Chesterfield start from £250 per night per room.
Best for travel-starved jetsetters
After spending months at home, lockdown has left a lot of travellers cautious on where they dare to venture now. For those who are keen to leave their homes but would rather stay in one place in London, The Montague on the Gardens in Bloomsbury offers The Bloomsbury Set a magnificent apartment made up of two suites and is a seamless fusion of the Guv'nor's Suite and the Bedford Suite. The Bloomsbury Set is an extraordinary combination of space and privacy which masterfully blends the very best hotel amenities with the luxurious seclusion of a private home in the heart of the city. The beach is brought to the family's doorstep with the pop-up Beach Bar at the hotel, complete with real sand, summertime cocktails, delicious barbecue food, a beach-hut style thatched roof, palm trees and a backdrop of a beautiful beach – guests will feel like they're basking in the Bahamas rather than in the heart of central London.
EAT THIS: Savour a delicious Afternoon Tea overlooking the peaceful gardens.
DON'T MISS: The Beach Bar's 'Mix It' – bottomless cocktail experience
HOW: Rates at The Montague on the Gardens start from £250 per night per room.
Best for social butterflies
A girls trip is now long overdue and The Milestone Hotel & Residences, located opposite Kensington Palace offers the value, space and authenticity of renting a private home with the service, facilities and security of a five-star hotel. It is the perfect luxurious base for a girl's trip with no interruptions and no responsibilities for friends to reconnect. With six luxury two or three-bedroom residences to choose from, it is the perfect option for an extended stay with friends in the heart of London, comfortably accommodating up to six guests. Each residence has direct access through the hotel or may be accessed via guests' own private entrance. They have been newly refurbished to include a separate lounge, kitchen and bathrooms with bespoke furniture and soft furnishings. With VIP treatments, guests can enjoy the range of luxury service with 24-hour concierge and a range of in-room amenities.
EAT THIS: Picnic in the park with a freshly prepared hamper served in Kensington Gardens.
DON'T MISS: An in-room cocktail masterclass with one of the expert mixologists.
HOW: Rates at The Milestone Residences start from £4,200 for a minimum of 3-night stay.
Best for stylish privacy-seekers
With the children at home and cabin fever firmly settled in, parents can experience the finest grown-up escape in The Conservatory Suite at Hotel 41. Of course, the children will be missed but once guests have picked their own luxurious linen from the pillow menu, had free snacks and drinks in the private lounge and been served champagne and strawberries under the stars – a night or two of absence might make parents overstretched hearts grow a little fonder. There is room for romance in the romantic hideaway for those seeking a home away from home staycation. From romantic turndowns to thoughtful gifts, hand-cut flowers and homemade sweets, every guest is treated to a personalised service.
EAT THIS: A three-course menu in The Curry Room taking guests through a gourmet journey
DON'T MISS: The private rooftop terrace for guests only where you can learn the art of Sabraging (opening a bottle with a sabre!)
HOW: Rates at Hotel 41 start from £500 per night.