Head to The Arch in central London for ultimate luxury on a boutique scale.
Located, funnily enough, in Marble Arch, The Arch London is our new must visit. Yes, we’re still enamoured with the delights of AirBnB and the like, but there’s nothing that can quite match being pampered without having to lift a finger and with every possible service you could require on hand at any time. With 82 individually designed rooms you get your own touches to relax within or boast about to friends. Want a private balcony? No problem. Adjoining family suites? Sure. You’d like a flatscreen TV, radio, iPod dock and free drinks? Standard procedure here. For Londoners who need a holiday at home or long weekenders who need a respite from the big bad city, look no further than The Arch.
If you want all the luxury without the overnight stay, you can enjoy all the grandeur in the hotel’s bars and restaurants. Take your pick from The Bar, The Martini Library, Hunter 486 or Le Salon De Champagne. You can hide in a cosy corner to sip cocktails or book out whole spaces to enjoy with friends. Visit The Martini Library or Le Salon De Champagne for daytime Afternoon Tea with a twist of global influences. Inspired by London’s expanding street food scene, forget scones, The Arch have fresh warm cinnamon and sugar doughnuts filled with apple jam instead. Savoury snacks include mini beef burgers with onion marmalade in brioche buns, smoked chicken, chilli, avocado and mango tortillas, mini handmade scotch eggs with piccalilli and chicken satay served with a peanut dipping sauce and sesame seeds. If that wasn’t enough you can then follow with treats such as homemade macaroons; mini coffee éclairs, lemon and mango rice pudding with toasted coconut, strawberry and pistachio tarts and mini raspberry Victoria sponges for a little slice of British tradition. Hungry yet? Read on and you certainly will be.
At Hunter 486 (named after the 1950s dialling code for Marylebone), the hotel’s restaurant, Gary Durrant and Henrietta Green’s menu offers up the best of British with everything from oxtail, potted duck and venison to everyone’s favourite comfort, homemade hamburgers. Specialities are served straight from the stone oven and include whole roast chickens served with roast potatoes, roast garlic and aioli. One of many sharing dishes now available from the pots, pans, boards and bowls selections. We suggest you try The Arch’s homemade crisps as a bar snack or their fish board for dinner with potted shrimp, cured salmon, mackerel pate, smoked eel and prawns.
All photographs courtesy of The Arch London