DIPLOMATIC CONCIERGE: The best hotels in London for conducting diplomacy
COMO METROPOLITAN LONDON
COMO Metropolitan London combines contemporary design, a vibrant Park Lane location and expert staff. Many rooms and suites overlook leafy Hyde Park, with pared-back interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the space with natural light. The Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Nobu features award-winning cuisine. Guests can retreat to COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, offering a full range of holistic Asian therapies in addition to yoga and a fully equipped gym.
Private Residences: 19. The Brick Street Residences offer space, seclusion and sophisticated design for those looking for townhouse living in the heart of London. Residences have been re-designed with the modern traveller and families in mind: each one featuring stylish open plan living and two elegant bedrooms. The townhouse apartments on Hertford Street offer all the comforts of hotel living, combined with a real sense of space and privacy.
Special facilities for visiting VIPs/ Heads of State: The hotel provides a dedicated team member who works with the key contact to ensure that special requirements are catered for.
Health & safety protocols: All COMO hotels and resorts have taken precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff: temperature monitoring; enforcing safe distancing measures throughout properties; elevation of cleaning standards to ensure all areas are consistently and continuously sanitised; hand sanitiser gels and disinfectant wipes available in all public spaces and á la carte offerings in restaurants (no buffets). While all heightened measures are in line WHO recommendations, guests can be assured that COMO’s philosophy for healthy living remains at the forefront of its offering.
Contact: Fozia Jelani, Sales Manager, T: 0207 447 1020 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOTEL CAFÉ ROYAL
The modern grand Hotel Café Royal enjoys an unrivalled setting where the elegance of Mayfair, energy of Soho and sophistication of St James combine. Frequented by distinguished figures such as Winston Churchill, Mick Jagger and David Bowie, Hotel Café Royal has long been the place to convene, converse and celebrate. 160 guestrooms and suites, including seven signature suites, echo the glories of Café Royal’s past: calm, assured and distinctive.
Special facilities to cater for visiting VIPs/ Heads of State: Exclusive wings can be accessed by key entry only, offering private access to certain floors or parts of the floor. There is a VIP entrance with private lift, plus private butler service.
Private rooms/Ballroom/outdoor facilities that allow for entertaining while social distancing: The Grade II Historic Pompadour Ballroom has its own exclusive outdoor terrace overlooking Regent Street. The Dome Penthouse and Royal Suite both have private terraces. The Oscar Wilde Lounge is also available as a private room.
Health & safety protocols: For details of ‘Safe Stay’ at Hotel Café Royal view: www.hotelcaferoyal.com/safe-stay
Contact: Clémence Le Norcy, Sales Manager, T: +44 (0)20 7406 3329 E: email@example.com
HYATT REGENCY LONDON – THE CHURCHILL
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is conveniently tucked away in upmarket Marylebone, featuring views over the charming gardens of Portman Square. With 440 sophisticated guestrooms, plus 12 distinctive meeting spaces, the hotel offers a full range of services in the heart of London’s West End with a long history of service to the diplomatic community. Dining options include seasonal British dishes at The Montagu Kitchen, craft cocktails at award-winning The Churchill Bar & Terrace and Michelin-starred Italian fine dining at Locanda Locatelli.
Suites: Many of the 50 suites overlook Portman Square; some feature balconies.
Private Residence: The elegant, 370-square-metre Royal Suite boasts four ensuite bedrooms, a spacious living area, dining room, kitchen, office and two rooftop terraces, plus dedicated VIP lift.
Special facilities to cater for visiting VIPs/ Heads of State: With years of experience catering to high-profile guests, The Churchill offers a wealth of special facilities, which includes an expert security team, along with a basement car park for discrete and secure arrival and departures.
Private rooms/Ballroom/outdoor facilities that allow for entertaining while social distancing: Planning a safe social event is easier than ever at The Churchill, with new measures in place for a safe environment, whatever the occasion. The choice of event spaces includes the refined Chartwell Ballroom, and a new fourth cabinet suite, (adding to the existing three spaces), with its own street entrance. Furthermore, the award-winning Churchill Bar & Terrace has recently revealed a newly designed alfresco terrace. The Churchill can also cater to events by special request outdoors in the leafy green Portman Square gardens.
Contact: Victoria Osman T: +44 (0) 20 7486 5800 Ext 2082 E: hyattregencylondon.com
JW MARRIOTT GROSVENOR HOUSE LONDON
A truly iconic Park Lane hotel, in the heart of Mayfair and overlooking Hyde Park, the hotel offers authentic experiences inspired by its unique location.
Guest Rooms: 423 Suites: 73
Special facilities to cater for visiting VIPs/ Heads of State: Approved for State Visits; excellent security systems; secured entry to the hotel and private lift available.
Private rooms/Ballroom/outdoor facilities that will allow for entertaining while social distancing: A range of elegant function suites allowing social distancing for events up to 30 people (per government guidelines), and up to 450 people (once government approval is in place).
Health & safety protocols: The property has implemented new health and safety measures in all public spaces and guestrooms following the Marriott Cleanliness Council and commitment to clean. Beside mobile keys, there are sanitiser stations at hotel entrances, front desks, elevator banks, and meeting spaces. For further details visit: https://clean.marriott.com/
Extras: Listen to the Grosvenor Housecasts, a great way to get to know the property. www.listennotes.com/podcasts/grosvenor-housecasts-grosvenorhousecasts-GPWaXgzjQvr/
Contact: Anita Schuh, Director of Middle East & Diplomatic Sales T: 44 (0)20 7399 8167 E: Anita.Schuh@marriott.com
ROYAL LANCASTER LONDON
Royal Lancaster London has been offering the utmost in hospitality for over 50 years. Spread across 18 floors, with 411 rooms, guests can expect exquisite facilities, effortlessly flawless service and some of London’ s most impressive suites, with views across Central London, Hyde Park and beyond. Marble flooring throughout and soft caramel hues create a sense of calm, whilst modern light installations, brushed gold features, timeless furnishings and clean, minimalistic designs create an enticing environment to meet with friends, business colleagues, host an event or somewhere simply to escape to, relax and unwind.
Guests at Royal Lancaster London will be delighted by the wrap around windows with views as far as the eye can see. All 411 rooms feature a king-sized bed, comfy sofa, smart TV, marble bathrooms with rain showers.
Suites: The exquisite suites are known for their breathtaking views. Elegantly appointed spacious living areas, ideal for entertaining, are complemented by sumptuous bedrooms, and the ultimate in modern comforts and technology. The Royal Suite has a separate dining area and deep-set marble bath.
Special facilities to cater for visiting VIPs/ Heads of State/Royal families: Interconnecting rooms and suites for extra comfort, and award-winning event spaces, including two spacious ballrooms. Since the refurb in 2017, the hotel has become a favourite destination for London’s diplomatic community.
Private rooms/ballroom/outdoor facilities that allow for entertaining while social distancing: Royal Lancaster London boasts some of the city’s largest event spaces and hosts a variety of events, including National Day receptions, gala dinners and award ceremonies. The hotel caters for every type and size of gathering, with the hotel’s ballrooms offering a versatile, spacious and safe environment perfect for entertaining.
Additionally, the new and innovative XR SmartStudio features a 20sqm Extended Reality (XR) stage with LED backdrop and floor, audio, broadcast cameras and TV-ready lighting allowing clients to have both a live audience and virtual attendees. This innovative and timely piece of equipment allows businesses and individuals to host a virtual, hybrid or live event in the heart of London.
Health & safety protocols: General Manager Sally Beck says “Our priority is the safety of our staff and guests and so we have implemented a number of changes, which has awarded us the AA COVIDConfident Accreditation and the VisitBritain ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark. Both these certifications indicate that an establishment has put in place the necessary team training, regular sanitisation and social distancing features, amongst other measures.”
For information visit: www.royallancaster.com/about/we-always-care-about-your-health-safety/
Contact: Don Aguilar, Diplomatic and Corporate Sales Executive, T: +44 20 7551 6000 E: DAguilar@llhc.co.uk
SOFITEL LONDON ST JAMES:
The home of modern French luxury in London, Grade II listed Sofitel London St James is located on Waterloo Place on the corner of Pall Mall, close to the internationally recognised landmarks of Trafalgar Square and Regent Street. The hotel underwent a multi-million pound transformation in 2019, which extended throughout the hotel’s rooms, suites, restaurant, and bar, overseen by renowned designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. The hotel is home to Chef Anthony Demetre’s Wild Honey St James.
Special facilities to cater for visiting VIPs/ Heads of State: VIP Suite welcome, Interconnecting rooms and suites as required, Private entrance.
Private rooms/Ballroom that allow for entertaining while social distancing: The hotel has a dedicated event floor with a variety of spaces which have been reconfigured in line with the government’s social distancing guidelines. Whether it’s a small meeting for 6 delegates or a larger reception, with its spacious foyers this space offers the maximum flexibility for meeting, networking and entertaining.
Health & safety protocols: Sofitel St James is certified by Accor’s ALLSAFE programme, guaranteeing the strictest cleaning standards and operational protocols in the world of hospitality. For details visit:
Contact: Stephanie Wright, Director of Sales and Marketing T: +44 (0) 7951 247545 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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