Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Review/Gallery: Waking up in style in Conran-styled room at London’s South Place Hotel

15:23 20 February 2013

Tom Potter spent a night at London's South Place Hotel

Tom Potter spent a night at London's South Place Hotel

Archant

Tom Potter found comfort in the stylish new South Place Hotel during an overnight stay

South Place Hotel

• Regular trains are operated by

Greater Anglia between Ipswich

and London.

• South Place Hotel is a minute’s

walk from Liverpool Street station

and equally close to Moorgate tube

and the main underground lines.

• Current offers include weekend

stays and set menus in Angler

Restaurant and 3 South Place Grill.

• A room-only London weekend

break offer starts from £169 a night.

• Find out more at www.southplacehotel.

com.

From Conran-designed interiors to bespoke artwork in each of its 80 rooms, London’s new £50 million South Place Hotel oozes contemporary cool.

Add a sleek penthouse restaurant with dedicated cocktail bar, and guests might reasonably expect to be greeted by appropriately haughty hosts.

But despite the list of classy credentials, which also include a lounge-cum-games room named after poker-playing Bond villain Le Chiffre, any apprehension of conceit is soon dispelled by a reassuringly relaxed reception.

South Place is situated virtually next-door to Liverpool Street station, so dragging luggage across London is not a concern for anyone arriving from the East.

Accommodating staff make the experience even less burdensome. An amiable concierge will talk you through the mind-boggling array of dimmers and switches by your bedside and even offer a few tips on things to see and do in the city.

Dozens of new hotels popped up across the capital in the lead-up to last year’s Olympics - but the rooms at South Place opened in post-Games September, inviting reservations from an expected influx of tourists to the East End.

It’s the first hotel owned and managed by restaurateur D&D London, which already operates high-class eateries around the world, and it’s evident by the inclusion of two dining spaces.

I landed dinner in the seventh-floor Angler restaurant, specialising almost exclusively in seafood, but there’s also 3 South Place - at street level and serving classic British fare all day - where I wolfed a hearty cooked breakfast before check-out.

Non-guests can also dine at both restaurants, where waiters know the menu inside and out - and it’s hardly surprising they’ve sampled the lot judging by the quality of dishes on offer - from a decadent parfait to a simple but satisfying lobster and fish pie.

On the first floor there’s an outdoor bar offering alfresco drinks, as well as a residents’ games room with turntable, books, pool table and board games, five meeting and private dining rooms, a gym, spa and wellness centre.

In the bedrooms, individual touches include one-off pieces by young Hoxton artists, bedding by Josephine Home and St Clements toiletries by designer and perfumer James Heeley.

Housekeeping is so efficient and discreet that you almost begin to take for granted the turn down service and mysterious appearance of little added touches upon returning to your room after dinner.

It all made for a glossy night’s stay in the city and I found myself reluctantly returning to my own comparatively outmoded digs. Leaving, I couldn’t help but feel like Alan Partridge having to part with his Buck Rogers toilet! Budget travellers and luddites might not relish a stay at South Place, and the moodily-lit corridors take some optical acclimation, but it’s worth splurging a little extra for comfort and convenience.

0 comments

Members of Suffolk County Council are expected to call for Network Rail to invest heavily in the region’s railways following the start of the new Greater Anglia franchise.

The train lines from London to Ipswich have now reopened after a man was hit and killed by a train between Colchester and Manningtree earlier today.

An Ipswich Burger King franchisee must pay out nearly £180,000 for health and safety breaches before and after a worker was scalded with hot oil.

Two fire engines have been called to Upper Brook Street this afternoon after reports people could smell petrol in the area.

A motorcyclist is reported to have suffered a leg injury after a collision in Ipswich at 2.35pm today.

Through our iwitness24 site, readers are able to share their photos of Suffolk’s top beauty spots, of landmarks and of some of our amazing wildlife in action.

Our judging panel put Christmas food from the supermarkets to the test.

The death of a “kind, caring” mother signals the end of an era in Suffolk, her eldest son has said.

From children’s books and Lego, to slippers and jigsaws, let’s help give every patient at Ipswich Hospital a present this Christmas.

Photographers have turned their focus on texture this week for our iwitness challenge.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24