Hotel Review: Royal Lancaster London


A haven of stylish luxury, editor Sophie Ritchie discovers London the deluxe way with a stay at Royal Lancaster London


Swathed in white marble, filled with elegant furnishings and styled in all-out opulence, the Royal Lancaster London makes luxury appear effortless behind its entrance’s tall glossy windows.

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Having undergone an extensive £85 million refurbishment back in 2017, its pricey facelift has paid off.

Guests are treated to a stay that puts five-star service at the core of every detail – from a smooth check-in process to something as simple as ordering extra toiletries.

A permanent resident of Hyde Park with 411 rooms and three dining outlets, this iconic London hotel has been welcoming famous figures and Hollywood starlets since the hippy-esque 1960’s. Age is just a number here – there’s not an ounce of ‘fuddy-duddiness’ in sight.

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A hive of modern glamour just a fifteen minute stroll from Oxford Circus, guests are greeted from the get-go with the sight of an expansive lobby, styled as chicly as one of its many famous visitors.

Admire sleek wood-panelled walls, as well as gold-lacquered shelves showcasing delicate ceramics in blue, gold and cream hues (a colour palette found throughout Royal Lancaster London).

Morning and night, this grand lobby is a hub of activity. Its sleek sofas are the perching point for first-time tourists and hardened business folk alike, all enjoying the opulent atmosphere that makes an impression before a guest is even handed their room key.



The Room


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Interior design is cleverly utilised to make Royal Lancaster London’s rooms appear larger than they are – mirror-filled walls and enormous windows conjure an invitingly airy space filled with natural light and comfortable furniture.

Suites on the upper floors showcase a truly stunning city skyline – it’s tempting to press your face to the glass and gaze at the sweep of buildings and London life beneath for hours on end.

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Contemporary in style, the enormous beds, plush velvet sofas and patterned carpets have one sole purpose: relaxing.

There’s light-hearted decor thrown into the mix too, with quirky British details in the form of little Mini Cooper cars and arty patterned dogs which are dotted about the room.

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When it comes to room perks, there are many. Nespresso machines, enormous plasma TV screens and handy smartphones with free world calls across the globe; remote working is made painless thanks to the large desks and zippy wi-fi.

There’s no spa at Royal Lancaster London, but the marble-clad bathrooms mimic the feel of one with oodles of The White Company toiletries, fluffy towels and the all essential robes.

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It’s all too easy to slipper up, face mask the night away and soak in the city surroundings without even stepping out into open air.


The Food


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Good news for the gourmands – Royal Lancaster London takes its dining offering seriously, with the option to splash out on an artistically-plated dinner or  simply enjoy a seasonal bite.

Chow down on British classics at Island Grill or take a tastebud trip to Thailand at Nipa Thai.

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Named after the Thai hotel owner’s wife, dine in decadent surroundings and sample authentic flavours courtesy of an all-female kitchen.

The cuisine may differ between the two, but both venues offering mesmerising views as good as the menus.

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Post-slumber, head down to Park Restaurant for a breakfast buffet blowout with a bellini on the side or enjoy a lighter a la carte start to your day. The salmon and cream cheese bagel, brioche French toast and Scottish oat porridge all get our vote.


The Wordrobe Verdict


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Large, lavish and undeniably deluxe. Spend your next city break in sensuous fashion with a stay at Royal Lancaster London.

Make it happen
Where: Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
Wallet: Rooms start from £194 per night.
How: To find out more and make a booking, please click here or phone 020 7551 6000.

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