Belgraves, a Thompson Hotel… it’s all in the details

Last weekend, I visited the new Thompson Belgraves hotel, just off Pont Street. A great little oasis to be found among the grand, white townhouses around Belgravia, I was taken by some of the gorgeous attention to detail.

 

Pampering by Penhaligon's

In-room toiletries are Quercus by Penhaligon’s.

 

An enlightening experience

 

I loved the little linen-shades by the side of the bed and sumptuous fabrics used though out the hotel: the fur throws on the beds, the crimson and teal sofas and chairs in the lobby as well as the rooms, the use of marble…

Bedtime stories: luxurious tales to make you nod off

 

Champagne cocktails in Hix Belgravia

 

Mark Hix takes up residence at his latest venture here, Hix Belgravia. The Hix Fix, seen above, and made with Morello cherries and Prosecco, is the only way to kick off your meal. The eclectic dining room, designed by Tara Bernerd, boasts some interesting specially commissioned artworks and has a quirky New York vibe to it (note: don’t sit facing the baby birds floating in the air tied to balloons, unless you have a strong stomach).

But the space is a great backdrop to the solid British menu, featuring the occasional twist. The crispy baby squid with almonds, chilli and garlic was a great crunchy alternative to the usual limp calamari often served in modern-British dining rooms, while the Veal Milanese was a real highlight.

The creative yet pared-back design is a brilliant match for the New Britannia movement happening right now. This is one place sure to make every glitterati’s Little Black Book.

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