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the soho Lon­don, UK

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Tucked away in an unas­sum­ing cor­ner of Soho, the Kit Kemp-de­signed ho­tel is a re­flec­tion of Lon­don’s bo­hemian spirit: ex­plo­sive colours, un­ex­pected tex­tures and a riot of dec­o­ra­tions—it’s as though the de­signer was on an acid trip when she con­cep­tu­alised it. That’s not to say it’s with­out flair though. A 10ft bronze sculp­ture by Fer­nando Botero stands guard at the foyer that leads to the aes­thet­i­cally-busy Li­brary, Draw­ing Room and REFUEL restau­rant and bar—where I in­stantly spot a gag­gle of so­cial me­dia in­flu­encers sip­ping cock­tails at noon. But the wow fac­tor re­ally kicks in when I walk into my room on the fifth floor. The one-bed­room Soho suite is so large it makes my apart­ment in KL feel like a shoe­box. It has not one but two wra­paround ter­races of­fer­ing sweep­ing views of the Lon­don sky­line. The liv­ing room is awash in pink hues and boasts a retro cast-iron fire­place, Moroc­can rugs and plush so­fas where I laze around all af­ter­noon, drink­ing tea and lis­ten­ing to Bea­tles records. The white mar­ble bath­room—with a gloriously deep tub big enough for two—is also a work of art in its own right. I was told that Jared Leto and Kim Kar­dashian once stayed in this suite (separately) but that’s an­other story. The grey-and-taupe bed­room on the op­po­site end of the suite is less dra­mat­i­cally-dec­o­rated and cosier. The next morn­ing, I opt for a full English break­fast (but of course), which I en­joy on the ter­race to make the most of the Lon­don sun­shine. Pure bliss. Just as bliss­ful as hav­ing spent the night in the Soho suite. fir­m­dale­ho­­tels/lon­don/the-soho-ho­tel/

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