There are a plethora of smart hotels to choose from in London. While Flemings is one of many, it first opened its doors in 1851 so has worked hard to keep its space in this exclusive part of town. A wonderful 165 years, and a cool £15M refurb later, it remains a modern but cosy hotel


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Elizabeth Hutton

STAY
We stayed in the newly designed studio suite apartment. With gold accents and rich fabrics, it’s a swanky 1930s inspired space separated into three sections: bedroom, bathroom and living room. It’s far more spacious and comfortable than a simple hotel room. Within ten minutes we discovered the honesty gin bar designed by Distilled authors Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley. Using the equipment and recipe cards provided, we concocted our drinks before sitting on our small patio outside. Surprisingly quiet, we felt as though we were a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of inner city life.

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EAT
Mews of Mayfair is well worth a visit. Tucked away in a small but historic cobbled courtyard, the four floor, 18th Century mews house holds a lounge, cocktail bar, brasserie and private dining room. Here we ate tender scallops to start and Cornish seabass with leeks, celeriac and peanut to follow. Both were cooked to perfection so the meat was plump and full of flavour. Finishing up with an entire round of banoffee cheesecake doused in the most incredible dulce de leche we rolled back to the hotel on a complete food high.

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PLAY
Conveniently located on a quiet street, just three minutes away from Green Park underground, Flemings is perfect for those wanting to stay in Zone 1 without the noise of the city disrupting your sleep. Just ten minutes walk away from the hotel is Buckingham Palace – head there before breakfast to see it without hoards of tourists in the way and Regent Street so you can pop into the world’s best designer stores including Burberry, Agent Provocateur and Fendi. Our favourite place to explore, however, was Shepherd Market. Just two minutes walk from the hotel, we strolled the quaint streets, exploring the boutique shops, restaurants and Victorian pubs before heading out for dinner.

Suite prices start at £540 plus VAT per night with breakfast included.
7-12 Half Moon Street, W1J; flemings-mayfair.co.uk

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