EAT & sleep

Gourmet (South Africa) - - CULINARY ESCAPE -

Even sleep­ing in London of­fers still-hum­ming clas­sic hotels that marry old-school class with fault­less on-trend din­ing and drink­ing. Say good­bye to room ser­vice.

The Con­naught This is the clos­est you’ll get to Down­ton Abbey, though if you’re look­ing for a more con­tem­po­rary room, there’s that too. Guests can choose be­tween tra­di­tional suites with an­tique ar­moires or one of 30 mod­ern rooms.

For a swanky start to your evening, try the Con­naught Bar (the-con­naught.co.uk), a shim­mer­ing nook of the ho­tel that, no mat­ter who you’re there with, makes you feel like you’re hav­ing an affair.

If you’re din­ing at Fera you may as well make a meal of it and overnight at Clar­idges (clar­idges.co.uk). You’ll rub shoul­ders with celebri­ties, mod­els and roy­alty. There are cus­tom-de­signed suites by the likes of Diane von Fursten­burg and Vis­count Lin­ley. It doesn’t get bet­ter.

Lo­cated on Park Lane, hug­ging Hyde Park, the Dorch­ester (dorch­ester­col­lec­tion.com) it­self is a land­mark. Soak in a tub glis­ten­ing with chrome and mar­ble be­fore din­ing at the newly re­fur­bished Grill.

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