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