I travel tons. And in terms of hotels, hands down, my absolute favorite home-away-from-home is London’s Connaught hotel. It is heavenly and quintessentially English (and you know how much I love the Brits).
From William, the butler, who made this Chicago girl feel like a queen, to their amazing selection of teas—especially the ginger tea that they brew daily from thin-sliced ginger root. I always have a cup (or three).
Last November I stayed at The Connaught (again) when I went to London to commemorate the brand’s 20th anniversary. It was a whirlwind trip—we held a masterclass at Harrod’s and I was invited to a gorgeous luncheon held at Winfield House, the residence of U.S. Ambassador, his excellence Mr. Louis B. Sussman. (Side note: I wore a L’Wren Scott sweater, the designer and fiancée of everyone’s favorite Brit, Mick Jagger.) Click here to check out our post all about it.
If you’re ever going to London, you’ve got to check out the hotel, even if you’re not checking in. The Michelin star-rated restaurant, Hélène Darroze, is perfect for an extra-special meal or you can take afternoon tea and do some people watching through the conservatory-style windows at Espelette.
Oh, and here are some fun facts about the hotel:
- The hotel first opened in 1815 and in 2007 underwent a complete renovation and restoration
- The neighborhood, Mayfair, is the most expensive property on the British version of Monopoly
- The hotel’s Coburg Bar menu features a 200-year historical “Bacchanology” of cocktails (I’ll just stick to tea)
The worst part of the trip? Easy, having to check out of The Connaught.