Hotels

Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel, London

9th April 2015

Last month I surprised my mum on Mothers’ Day with an invitation to a Champagne Afternoon Tea at Le Meridien Piccadilly, followed by a stay at the hotel. We were both very excited to spend one night in the iconic building and in such a central location! I pretended to be a tourist for a day and I really enjoyed it!

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The sophisticated hotel, which is part of the Starwood group, has a beautiful art-deco façade, a modern and elegant interior décor and welcoming staff. But its biggest asset in my opinion is the location.

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Le Méridien Piccadilly is located in the heart of London’s West End and just a few minutes’ walk from Piccadilly Circus. For any tourists visiting London for the first time, Le Méridien Piccadilly would offer the perfect base to explore the city on foot.

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I booked our afternoon tea for 3pm, so I could check into my room beforehand, drop our bags and go up to the Terrace Grill & Bar to meet my mum.

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The winter garden style rooftop is spectacular, shame the day was overcast and the next morning was the day of the solar eclipse, so we never got to see the room with bright sunlight coming through the glass.

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The Afternoon Tea is a classic English tradition, so much that all luxury hotels in London offer their own version. With so many choices, it’s important for a restaurant to stand out and create something different and unusual with their afternoon tea menu.

At Le Méridien Piccadilly you can have the classic afternoon tea or the one with Champagne or G&T. They also offer a “light” version without the fresh pastries, which is great for me as I can never eat everything on the trays and usually have to ask for a takeaway box.

Here the design of the cakes was inspired by the game of chess, which is also the inspiration behind the Chess Portraits by Francesco Ridolfi displayed on the restaurant’s walls.

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The tea served at the Terrace Grill & Bar is by JING Tea (you might remember it from Tuscan Chestnut Cake recipe post). It’s a company that sources the finest teas from China, Taiwan, Japan, India and Sri Lanka, which are then served in luxury hotels and restaurants in London in the Jing hand-blown glass teapots and cups.

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After a relaxing a satisfying afternoon tea, we moved into our double bedroom, which is available to members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program.

The room was split on two levels (corridor with wardrobe and bathroom, and lower down the bedroom). There was a large and comfy bed, two bed cabinets, sofa, desk, TV with music system playing in the room and bathroom, and two high windows with juliet balcony facing Piccadilly Street.

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I liked the decor, half way between quirky boutique-style and classic furnishing. Most importantly the room was quiet despite being on the 1st floor facing a busy street in central London. The bed was comfortable and I had a restful sleep, maybe because I was feeling very tired after my swim and steam in the hotel’s health club! ;)

The Piccadilly Health Club & Spa boasts one of the largest indoor swimming pools in Central London, as well as a gym and spa facilities (which are open to the general public as well).

Back in my room, the bathroom was spacious, with a fantastic shower, a selection of beauty products and soft bath robes.

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We left the hotel for a few hours for dinner, as my dad and my husband joined us for a quick meal in Soho. Back at the hotel I took advantage of the free room wifi to do some work on my blog, before hitting the bed and wrapping myself in the crispy white sheets.

The next morning we went back to the terrace restaurant for breakfast. The buffet offered a wide range of breads, pastries, fresh fruits and juices, hot English breakfast items as well as continental choices like ham and cheese.

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With of course a selection of Le Méridien signature éclairs.

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I was sad to leave my room at Le Méridien Piccadilly and go back to real life, but it was lovely to have the chance to live London “in style” for one day! I would recommend to anyone for the warm service, elegant space and fantastic location.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Le Méridien Piccadilly. All opinions are my own.

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