How we love The Connaught. It has always been a special, very British place and, today, as part, of the exemplary Maybourne Group (Claridge’s; The Berkeley) it’s both a home from home and a glamorous destination, with superbly orchestrated service. The magnificent mahogany staircase compels guests not to take the lift, while treats don’t come much better than being served a ceremonial martini (aromatic flavourings, quietly stirred, never shaken) in the seductive, buzzing Connaught Bar. For years, the hotel’s splendidly stuffy Grill was presided over by master of classic French cuisine, Michel Bourdin, but since 2008, it has been home to two Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze, whose ravishing dishes are perfectly complemented by India Mahdavi’s sophisticated, colourful surroundings. There are many pleasures: taking breakfast while overlooking Tadao Ando’s specially commissioned water feature in Carlos Place; Tom Stuart-Smith’s hidden Moon Garden; the John Lobb shoeshine chair; the peerless rooms and suites. A great hotel in its prime. Doubles from £540.
Do: Check out the Fox & Squirrel for behind-the-scenes access to Mayfair’s landmarks and heritage.
Eat: At Hélène Darroze of course. Try the tasting menu.
Buy: A voucher for a signature treatment at the Aman Spa, inspired by China, Thailand, and India.
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