For our 10th wedding anniversary we planned a weekend in London to have some quality time combined with some overdue shopping for essentials me missed since moving out of the UK.
We specifically wanted to avoid a hotel in the typical tourist areas, and South Place looked perfect in that its so easily accessible via Victoria and yet promised a more 'hip' weekend making use of the hotel and an opportunity to easily explore Spitalfields.
To cover the basics;
rooms - super trendy, weel equipped, super comfy bed and pillow menu's, ipod doc.
bathrooms - ours had a double shower - yes for 2 with 2 rain showers and gorgeous full size toiletries
breakfast - we went a la carte, loved it! But the highlights were
Friday night, is busy and varied in the hotel. a live acoustic set in the library (yes it really is that cool) , DJ's downstairs, a great garden bar ( a few music industry bods around). we did a little of each after an amazing wine tasting and BBQ on the terrace with Benoit. what amazing value and a fabulous experience. Promising ourselves next time we would try the Angler restaurant adjacent to the terrace. Absolutely the best Friday night we've had in years and we didn't have to leave the hotel.
On Saturday we shopped at an empty M&S next door, before heading to busy Marble arch and then wishing we'd stayed East and missed the crowds. Saturday eve we walked to La Chappelle and back for a quiet drink in the bar, a much quieter experience so glad we planned our weekend the way we did. although next time we will try the Grill downstairs which looks amazing value!
Overall however, the bit that makes South Place stand out for us is the quality of the team in house. We left desperate to return having had the kind of interactions with staff we've only ever previously experience in places like the Anantara's or Four Seasons. The service was impeccable but so personalised and so genuine it really sets this place apart.
We are passing through London again in October. I didn't hesitate for a second to book to go back.
My big bit of advice would be to check ahead to see what's on att he hotel and plan your stay to make the most of it. We wouldn't have missed the wine tasting for the world but only found out about on an email 48 hours before.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- South Place is an 80-bedroom, luxury hotel in the City of London, just minutes away from Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations. The first hotel from restaurateurs D&D London, South Place Hotel features Conran-designed interiors, 2 restaurants (one of which, the Angler, was recently awarded a Michellin star), 3 bars and 5 private dining and meeting rooms. The hotel is alive with the buzz of local London neighbourhoods, including Silicon Roundabout at Old Street; the creative communities of Spitalfields, Shoreditch and Hoxton, as well as the chic and sharp energy of the Square Mile. The staff are young and vibrant, passionate about ensuring guests have a warm welcome and a wonderful stay. ... more less
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