Incredible sights, Michelin-star restaurants, cool bars and world-class shows, London has it all, which is why it's such a magnet for newlyweds. But how do you go about choosing the right accommodation when there are thousands of options?
Location, location, location
Situated just a few steps from the prominent shopping districts of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street, and key sights including Buckingham Palace, The Hari is a boutique hotel that lends itself perfectly to mini-mooners. Its focus on contemporary art livens up the cosy communal lounge and bar areas, while the stylish Garden Terrace with its twinkling lights and foliage-clad walls is an ideal space for romantic post-dinner drinks and can be privately hired for special occasions.
Boasting an autumnal colour palette think deep plum, burgundy and slate grey the spacious rooms have been carefully designed for a range of occupants: those here on pleasure can relax on the artfully incorporated sofa with a glass of champagne, while those here on business are offered a desk carefully hidden from view behind a sheer curtain. In contrast, the bathroom is all brilliant, sparkling white, with marble finishings, luxurious lotions and potions, and a vast bath the perfect place to unwind after a busy day sightseeing.
Food for thought
Il Pampero, the on-site restaurant, serves up mouth-watering Italian fare in a setting that combines vintage glamour with quirky wall art. All the pasta is homemade, so whether you opt for the squid ink tonnarello delicious! or the tonnarelli prepared in a parmesan wheel one of the restaurant's specialities you won't be disappointed. If you manage to squeeze in dessert I can thoroughly recommend the chestnut profiteroles with warm chocolate sauce!Breakfast is an equally indulgent affair, with a range of freshly baked pastries and bakery breads on the continental buffet as well as a selection of meats and cheeses. The full English breakfast was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and there's a vegetarian option for non-meat-eaters.
Out and about
The pre-wedding fitness regime may now be a distant memory if not there's a 24-hour health and fitness centre on site! but it would be remiss not to make the most of the hotel's incredibly convenient setting to explore the local area. Cue romantic strolls along the Mall, window-shopping in the art galleries of Bond Street and some Instagram-worthy selfies in front of the capital's historic monuments!London may boast thousands of hotels, but for couples seeking a boutique retreat in the heart of the city, The Hari is hard to beat.
The Hari, www.thehari.com
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