The Athenaeum – Mayfair, W1
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Since its beginnings in 1850 as the elegant mansion of Henry Pelham-Clinton, sixth Duke of Newcastle, The Athenaeum has continually reinvented itself. The award-winning, family-run hotel is located in the heart of bustling Mayfair, opposite Green Park, and is the perfect base from which to explore the capital’s best-loved landmarks. The hotel epitomises five-star luxury with an independent spirit and, being surrounded by hidden gems, affords guests the opportunity to marvel at parts of London undiscovered by most visitors. It has benefited from a beautiful, design-led transformation of all its public spaces, including newly launched rooms and private residences that exude English charm and celebrate the hotel’s Art Deco past (it was restyled in the 1930s). The View, occupying the hotel’s top floor, is a sumptuous space for residents to relax with panoramic vistas of the London skyline. From afternoon tea to intimate private dinners, dining at The Athenaeum champions British produce with seasonal menus to delight all palates.
Doubles from £305
+44 (0)20 7499 3464; athenaeumhotel.com