While very intricate, we found it almost a little overpowering in all its gleaming whiteness. The frosted glass at the top of the lobby staircase will be replaced by actual windows once the work carried out behind them has been completed; we think the increase in natural light will benefit the space. Dark, patterned carpet and various seating areas that are a mix of furniture styles, fabrics, and colors offset the white walls and ceiling.
Yet just because the hotel has gotten a top to bottom renovation doesn't mean it's completely done away with the past.
Right before reception, a Houses of Parliament bell is mounted on one of the lobby pillars. This harks back to the hotel's history and its popularity with Members of Parliament (MPs). Still active today, it rings when MPs are required to return to Parliament, which must be achieved within the seven minutes we mentioned in our previous post. (If you're too lazy to click, the Parliament building is seven minutes away from hotel.
With its political past comes a range of stories about secret underground tunnels leading all the way to Westminster Abbey. We weren't able to confirm this ourselves, so if you accidentally stumble upon them when staying here, do let us know.