Located directly opposite Marylebone station, the red-brick building that started its life as the Great Central Hotel is now the illustrious Landmark London. This monument to the golden age of rail travel has seen a lot of changes since its original opening in 1899 and is now popular with a wealthy clientele from far beyond England’s northern provinces.
Its international reach is a dominant aspect of the Landmark’s affluent character. The drawing room has the air of an old boys’ club and throughout, the interiors are adorned with artworks that hark back to colonial travel and the British Empire. Mix this with a distinctly Middle Eastern style of luxury and you’ve got somewhere that is, whilst perhaps not to everybody’s taste, a real feat of ambitious hotel design.
Standing out as the crowning feature is of course The Winter Garden – a glass-roof central atrium nurturing exotic plants (albeit, artificial ones) and its own micro-climate. You can request a room that faces this eight-storey space and open the curtains to palm trees and celestial sunshine in the morning – mildly disorientating when you’re expecting to wake up in NW1, but a positive start to the day nonetheless. These rooms are undoubtedly more atmospheric than those with a street-view and all floors deliver a similarly immersive experience (the atrium is a see-and-be-seen London haunt, so people-watching is perfectly acceptable). Some guests favour the lower floors so that they can listen to the resident harpist play in the afternoons; others prefer the silence higher up.
One thing all of the rooms have in common is fabulously oversized facilities. The Executive rooms (amongst the most-booked) are almost suites, with easily enough space to turn cartwheels and deep-back, upholstered seating. The flatscreen TV is enormous, the bed is big enough to comfortably sleep an entire family and the en-suite stretches the full length of the 52sqm, with dual vanity stations, a large tub and separate marble-clad shower.
When you’ve had your afternoon tea, completed a few lengths in the lovely pool and spent some time on Marylebone High Street (a chic go-to for boutique shops and smart restaurants), you could be forgiven for wiling away the hours in ‘do not disturb’ mode. A neat stack of current magazines includes Harper’s Bazaar and if you like, you can order popcorn or mini cheeseburgers on room service for a cosy film night in your waffle bathrobe. Before you sink into the plump pillows, leave your shoes outside your door – they’ll be returned a shinier version of their former selves by 7am.
Can’t wait to check in? We’re offering a stay in a Superior or Executive room at The Landmark London this weekend only (Thurs – Sun) from only £190 per night.