London has been a must-visit buzzing European capital for many decades, but with a much-awaited Royal Wedding in April of this year and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games on the horizon, the swinging city is putting on its finest clothes. 12,000 new hotel rooms are being built and several older hotels are upping their profile with stylish new restaurants, reports the New York Times.
And you don’t have to wait for the games. The 192-room five-star Four Seasons London at Park Lane re-opens this month after undergoing complete renovation. This swanky hotel now boasts a penthouse spa which overlooks Hyde Park and a new restaurant with seating in a private garden. Take advantage of their introductory offer and spend a night in true style.
February will see the opening of the new W London Leicester Square, which promises, amongst other things, spectacular afternoon teas, while the Corinthia Hotel London, dating back to 1855, reinvents itself in April. The following month the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London makes its debut, morphing from a cathedral-like Victorian hotel. Its restaurant holds much promise, being headed by Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing.
Other renowned chefs are being brought in to start up restaurants in the city’s hotels. The famous May Fair Hotel will become home to the chef Silvena Rowe’s Eastern Mediterranean restaurant, Quince, this spring.
So with central, rather special hotels opening every month, there are plenty of new places to try. If the rates are just a tad pricey, you can still soak up the style over high tea or a light meal in their trendy restaurants.