A cherished member of The Doyle Collection, an exclusive Irish hotel group that also includes The Kensington (see page 000) and The Marylebone (see page 000) in London, and The Westbury (see page 000) in Ireland, The Bloomsbury is a sympathetic conversion of a Grade II-listed building, originally designed in the 1930s in neo-Georgian style by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Recently, the hotel has been respectfully redesigned following a multi-million-pound investment led by the group’s chairman, Bernie Gallagher, in collaboration with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The transformation includes a new reception area, new suites, guest sitting room and a stunning bar called The Coral Room. The hotel’s ever-popular Dalloway Terrace is an enchanting, colourful indoor-outdoor restaurant, while the wonderful wood-panelled Bloomsbury Club Bar is a must for a pre- or post-prandial drink. There’s a sense of calm in this hotel and an understated elegance. You feel shielded against the bustle of the outside world.
Doubles from £295
+44 (0)20 7347 1000; doylecollection.com
Somerset House – Be sure to visit this stunning neoclassical institution overlooking The Thames – one of London’s major arts and cultural establishments, hosting an array of seasonal events. From water fountains and outdoor film screenings in the summer months, to a festive ice rink in the lead up to Christmas.
Breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant Dalloway Terrace, their signature Rainbow Acai Bowl is the perfect way to start the day.
A cocktail inspired by the Bloomsbury Set in The Bloomsbury Club, the hotel’s bar. The group, consisting of artists, writers, intellectuals and nobility, lived and loved in the garden squares of Bloomsbury.
CLAIM TO FAME
The exterior of the building was modelled on Queen Mary’s doll’s house, which Lutyens himself designed for the monarch.
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