Royal Lancaster London has unveiled its brand-new look following an £80 million renovation. The refurbishment commenced with the redesign of Nipa Thai (the hotel’s award-winning restaurant) in 2015, and now – transformation almost complete – the hotel has reopened as one of the most stylish in the capital.
The front of the hotel has been remodelled, and the external architecture now features a dramatic eight-metre high glazed façade, which reveals an impressive double-height lobby, complete with a palatial sweeping staircase of Carrara marble. Renovations will be finalised in May 2018 with a soft redesign of The Lounge Bar and The Park Room on the first floor. Owner Khun Jatuporn Sihanatkathakul, who is originally from Thailand, was directly involved in the new design – a design which exudes a mid-century glamour and understated elegance, and is a pleasure to behold as you stroll around the hotel.
There is an exceptional range of restaurants, bars and relaxed settings at which to enjoy a chic dinner, leisurely lunch, fine high tea, or a freshly ground coffee and croissant in comfort.
A brand-new addition to the hotel, and a prime spot to see and be seen, is the Hyde Lobby Bar, situated a stone’s throw from Hyde Park. It’s an informal, yet intimate, venue that changes throughout the day. Breakfast includes baked pastries, muffins, muesli and freshly ground coffee, whilst – later in the day – you can try out light lunches and healthy plates, or an afternoon of assorted tasty sweets and savoury snacks.
The cocktail menu has been meticulously created and includes signature cocktails to reflect the history of this iconic hotel. The Great Gats-bee features Chivas 18, cherry brandy and honey syrup collected from the hotel’s very own rooftop honey farm, whilst The Italian Job is made with Beefeater 24 Gin, Martini Rosso, Campari and Aperol – a salute to the original 1968 Italian Job film, which included scenes filmed in front of Royal Lancaster London.
The Island Grill – with its floor-to-ceiling windows facing Hyde Park – is ideal any time of day and for any occasion. The relaxed restaurant and bar offer an excellent selection of modern European dishes, crafted cocktails and fine wines. The menu combines savoury and sweet delights in a glamorous setting.
The redesign of this 18-storey hotel encompasses the complete refurbishment of all 411 guestrooms and suites, with each room enjoying spectacular views of Hyde Park and the London skyline. A Classic Double Room is priced from £219 per night.
Classic rooms combine contemporary luxury with pure comfort; ideal for business travel or a city break. These rooms offer a smart TV, USB hub and working desk, along with sofa and an excellent wet room-style bathroom, which contains sumptuous linens and White Linen toiletries.
There are four room categories available, plus Studio Rooms, and three suites. The Signature Suites are the pinnacle of luxury; elegant and spacious rooms with breathtaking views. The living room provides a sensational entertaining space and is complemented by a sumptuous bedroom, which features the ultimate in modern comforts and technology. The impressive marble bathroom boasts twin sinks, large bath and walk-in shower.
A short stroll West will take you to quaint and cultured Notting Hill and Holland Park. Walk East to reach Marble Arch and Oxford Street, or make your way through Hyde Park for Kensington or Knightsbridge.
Lancaster Gate Tube Station is next door to the hotel, and Heathrow Airport a mere 20 minutes from nearby Paddington Station.
A warm welcome awaited us by professional, friendly reception staff, and apples and water on the reception desk are a nice touch. The lobby is stunning and perfectly situated for shopping or a stroll in the park, the varied dining options mean you don’t have to leave the hotel if you don’t want to, and we didn’t. A cheeky cocktail before dinner in Island Grill, meant we could get an early start the next day, to hit the shops. What more do you need! We’ll be back very soon.
Royal Lancaster London
Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
0207 551 6000