With London’s most iconic buildings on its doorstep and an elegant style filled with the city’s trademark touches, here’s why London Marriott Hotel County Hall and its opulent suites make the ideal city break stay
London Marriott Hotel County Hall aims to impress. Even the grand entrance that leads towards the main hotel doors is a sight to behold – showcasing the building’s archaic beauty and design before you’ve even walked up the stone steps flanked by a landscaped army of pretty plants.
Once inside, except bags to be whisked away, drinks to be offered and a check-in process that’s as smooth as the awaiting marble bathrooms.
The atmosphere is alive with the whirring of guests – and whilst it may be constantly busy, it never feels crowded. Instead, staff will have you feeling rather special as they hand across the keycard.
Once the headquarters of the London City Council, this former county hall was designed by Ralph Knott back in the early 1900’s. The sense of character and British heritage has not been lost – rather, it’s been interwoven into the Grade-II listed walls.
You’ll find maps of the city embedded in chic wallpaper and corridor windows paired with watch clock motif curtains. It’s traditional and fun all at once – conjuring an elegant design that feels far less stuffy than its original government purpose.
There’s little point in staying in one of the city’s most historical hotels if you’re not going to do so in style. Book a Balcony Suite for something special – you’ll be able to admire panoramic views of Big Ben, The London Eye and a sweeping gaze across the ever-busy River Thames with its various boats and dinner cruises.
Surprisingly spacious, the suites are perfect for a retreat away from the fast-paced city life outside. Make the most of the landmarks on your doorstep, then head back to unwind in luxury 300-thread count Egyptian cotton linen and a mountain of soft pillows.
Suites come equipped with both a comfy lounge space and work desk, which means you can either get your head down or simply prop it up when watching the 32-inch flat-screen television.
Modern interiors are simultaneously both congenial and chic – think silverly grey wallpaper juxtaposed with bright flowers or seating.
Much like the outside corridors, London motifs can be found throughout – from the sleek bathroom covered in intricate city maps to the well-stocked minibar with a subtle River Thames motif.
Suites also come with added exclusivity – you’ll enjoy access to the suave M-Club Lounge, where you can pop in for complimentary canapés and drinks, or a more private continental breakfast if you prefer not to dine with the masses.
The Food & Drink
For those that like to start a morning with a feast, breakfast at London Marriott Hotel County Hall (much like most of its other amenities) will leave you fully satisfied.
A plethora of fresh fruits, breads, cereals and hot options await to be devoured – whilst there’s also an a la carte menu if you wake up with a craving for avocado toast.
Regardless of whether you’ve spent the day exploring London’s landmarks or simply swimming a few lengths in the indoor pool, Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar makes an excellent venue for an evening meal.
Specialising in Aberdeen Angus steaks, unleash your inner carnivore with its hearty selection of tender meats – from a 300g Rump Steak to a gut-bustingthat’ll set you back £85 for 200g Rib eye, 200g Smoked Bacon Chop, Lamp Cutlets, Tiptree BBQ Chicken wings, Honey & Chilli Beef Short Rib, Paprika sausage, Bone Marrow, Confit Vine Cherry Tomatoes and two sides.
The interiors are as decadent as the dishes. Huge windows overlook the Southbank, the ceiling is draped by sparkling chandeliers and glimmering cabinets showcase the restaurant’s impressive selection of over 100 gins.
It’s also worth noting that the Gillray’s cater for vegetarian/vegan diets with ease – warn them ahead of time and you’ll enjoy an equally delicious meal without unwanted fuss.
The Wordrobe Verdict
The ‘eyes’ have it – London Marriott Hotel County Hall is our stay of choice when it comes to lapping up London’s most famous sights. Intertwining chic interiors with decorous heritage, this urbane escape is ideal for a best of British getaway.
Make it happen
Where: London Marriott Hotel County Hall, London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB United Kingdom
How: Suites start from £655 (including breakfast). To find out more and make a reservation, please click here or phone +44 20 7928 5200.
Words by Sophie Ritchie