square mile sen­sa­tion

Orig­i­nally a bank, Thread­nee­dles Ho­tel in Lon­don matches Vic­to­rian de­sign with crisp and friendly Bri­tish hos­pi­tal­ity.

YTL Life - - Life Feature - Words MARK LEAN

Lo­cated in the City of Lon­don, the Bank of Eng­land, known af­fec­tion­ately as the Old Lady of Thread­nee­dles Street, has had its head­quar­ters on that thor­ough­fare since 1734. It’s be­lieved that 5,000 tonnes of gold bars are stored be­low ground, in the bank’s eight vaults.

A short walk down this sto­ried road is the sim­i­larly his­toric Thread­nee­dles Ho­tel, an Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion Ho­tel, sit­u­ated in a Grade Ii-listed Vic­to­rian build­ing – the for­mer head of­fice of the City and Mid­land Bank. En­joy an English af­ter­noon tea in the lobby, be­neath a beau­ti­fully re­stored 19th-cen­tury stained glass dome, in what was pre­vi­ously the bank’s main re­cep­tion area.

All 74 rooms in this lux­ury bou­tique ho­tel are are modern yet re­tain clas­sic el­e­ments that nod to the area’s bank­ing his­tory. Rich beiges and browns form the in­te­ri­ors scheme. Bed­ding is plush and con­fort­able. In-room tech­nol­ogy in­cludes 38-inch LCD tele­vi­sions, com­pli­men­tary high-speed Wi-fi and ipod dock­ing sta­tions.

In the evenings, the ho­tel’s Cham­pagne Bar is a mag­net for ho­tel guests and those who work in the area. Fash­ioned from the old bank­ing counter, the bar is nostalgic and has a cool, un­pre­ten­tious vibe. Ask the bar­tender for Blood & Sand, a drink com­posed of equal parts Chivas 12-year whisky, sweet ver­mouth, Cherry Heer­ing and orange juice. Or for those pre­fer­ring a slightly more glam­orous al­ter­na­tive, the Clas­sic Cham­pagne Cock­tail fea­tur­ing Veuve Clic­quot cham­pagne, Martell VSOP cognac, An­gos­tura bit­ters and a su­gar cube, might just do the trick. In­vented in 1862, the drink was trans­formed in 1937 when a shot of brandy was added to the recipe.

Be­yond the ho­tel, most of the city’s land­marks are close by in­clud­ing places such as The Shard, St Paul’s Cathe­dral, Tate Modern Mu­seum and Tower Bridge. Steps away are the Bank and the Mon­u­ment Un­der­ground sta­tions that con­nect to the glitzy West End with its the­atres and other at­trac­tions that the Bri­tish cap­i­tal is fa­mous for around the world.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.hotelthread­nee­dles.co.uk

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