Wonderland explores the best bits at one of the city’s finest establishments.
Already one of the finest and most exclusive hotels in the capital, The Landmark London might just be one of the best places to hang out when city life gets a bit too much. Boasting an impressive NW1 postcode – it’s a stone’s throw from Marylebone station – as well as 300 gorgeous rooms courtesy of a redesign by Alex Kravetz Design which began earlier this year (think glossy editorial vibes), it’s the hotel’s bars and spa, however, that really should not be missed.
Reopened this month following a two-month renovation, the latter is the ultimate chilled out retreat featuring warm copper and porcelain stone tiles; elsewhere a hook up with Germaine de Cappucini skincare means the spa offers an extensive list of treatment for both the face and body. Enough for whatever mood you may find yourself in that day, and some.
For a different kind of escape, the hotel’s four (four!) bars and restaurants embody the Landmark’s luxury; at the heart of the hotel, in The Winter Garden, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner surrounded by palm trees in a huge glass atrium; and nearby, The Gazebo makes for a perfect relaxed backdrop for a great Sunday brunch or a quick bevvy.
In the evening we’d recommend heading to twotwentytwo for cocktails and a great bite to eat: a warm atmosphere and plenty of cushy armchairs and candles makes it special occasion appropriate, while it doubles as something simply a bit different to your usual haunt (read: a winner all round). The Mirror Bar, as the name suggests, is decked out in decorative mirrors, where you can further enjoy a line-up of exciting, semi-exotic sounding drinks; January saw the space partnered with Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit, creating a menu of superfood cocktails so even those on a hardcore detox can embrace the mixology life.
The Landmark is a complete escape from everyday London life (the queues at every major station, the inevitable foot-in-dog crap situation, the Friday night Uber fails, all temporarily gone), and for those who don’t envision themselves being able to spring for the price of a room (though here beg, borrow or steal wouldn’t exactly be inappropriate), the spa and bars offer a similarly unique experience with the added thrill of it being one night only.