London powerhouse the Strand Palace has established itself as one of many largest unbiased accommodations within the capital, but nonetheless manages to ooze old-world appeal. Conventional, personalised touches such because the doormen who greet you on arrival, make you are feeling welcome and cared for.

Inquisitive visitors can be taught concerning the Strand Palace’s wealthy heritage within the Palace Papers, the lodge’s in-house journal. For instance, the lodge stands on what was as soon as dwelling to a menagerie which held all kinds of unique animals, even an elephant that carried out on the Theatre Royal in Covent Backyard. Additionally, the Nineteen Thirties-designed Artwork Deco lobby was recognised as some of the opulent lodge foyers in Britain. When the construction was eliminated upon restoration in 1969, the V&A purchased the dismantled lobby and introduced it again to life in one among its exhibitions. The Strand Palace was additionally instrumental within the Second World Battle because the rooms have been occupied by American servicemen who used their ration vouchers within the lodge’s restaurant.

Past the lodge’s doorways, the Strand is alive with a few of London’s most awe-inspiring buildings, outdated and new – from Somerset Home and the Royal Courts of Justice to 180 The Strand, the place yow will discover some brilliantly thought-provoking exhibitions. 

The rooms 

The bedrooms are stylish, compact and clear, and you will find every part you want for a snug keep, together with a mattress you gained’t need to get out of, blackout blinds and fantastically scented bathe merchandise from The White Firm. Plus, there’s high-speed web and a HD TV. You’ll additionally discover an awesome little information known as The five hundred Hidden Secrets and techniques of London. This e-book is the perfect companion for exploring the town, and the Strand Palace’s prime location means you’re virtually on the doorstep of lots of the fascinating locations that characteristic.

The afternoon tearoom at Haxells Restaurant & Bar

Consuming and consuming

Served at Haxells Restaurant & Bar, breakfast at Strand Palace runs every day from 7.30am to 10.30am. You’ll discover a bustling ambiance with pleasant employees available to point out you to your seat. The continental-style buffet is stuffed with cold and hot objects from fruit and pastries, to the entire hearty full English breakfast objects you might want. Breakfast is an added additional on high of your keep, however it’s a good way to set your self up for a busy day of sightseeing. 

For a low-key dinner, Maxwell’s Bar and Grill on close by King Road, is a enjoyable, diner-style spot for households. For one thing extra upmarket, SushiSamba on the Opera Terrace overlooking Covent Backyard serves up a collection of fusion dishes good for sharing. Or if you happen to’re just a bit bit peckish, seize an out of doors desk at Ladurée on Covent Backyard’s Piazza, a captivating spot good for watching the world go by and having fun with a day snack. Gordon’s can also be price looking for out. London’s oldest wine bar transports you to a different world and is a must-visit for anybody a fan of a glass of Beaujolais and a cheese board.

Ice skating at Somerset House

What to do

My favorite winter exercise to do within the space is ice skating within the magical courtyard at Somerset Home, adopted by a wander across the cobbled streets of Covent Backyard. That is additionally the guts of “Theatreland”, so chances are you’ll be tempted by the newest stage productions. I significantly loved Frozen the Musical on the stunning Theatre Royal on Drury Lane. 

Chinatown and Soho are additionally price trying out, or take a blustery stroll alongside the River Thames. Benefit from the metropolis’s dramatic skyline, spot skate boarders mastering methods on the South Financial institution and way more. Public transport can also be glorious on this space if you happen to want to journey additional afield. Covent Backyard, Charing Cross and Waterloo stations are all close by, and buses journey in varied instructions from the Strand and Aldwych. 

Enjoy a drink at Haxells Bar

The decision

You’ll be able to’t get as fascinating a location in London for this value. Sure, the rooms are cosy, however they’re good for a brief metropolis break. London’s biggest landmarks encompass you, and having a comfortable, central base to return again to is the dream.

Strand Palace Resort, 372 Strand, London WC2R 0JJ. Double rooms begin at £162 per night time; strandpalacehotel.co.uk