Get Your Olympic Drink On at The Lanesborough's Library Bar
We've always thought that The Lanesborough, London's outpost of St. Regis Hotels, has a bit of a split personality thing going on.
On the one hand, you have one of the city's most traditional hotels, housed in a nearly two centuries' old former hospital on the Knightsbridge side of Hyde Park Corner, with white-glove butler service and more Regency period pieces than you could shake a stick at. On the other hand, there's plenty of modern in-room technology (laptops and mac minis) and the hotel has seen more than its fair share of celebrity antics (rapper party anyone?).
With the Games now less than a month away, The Lanesborough is getting on the Olympic bandwagon with a signature drink in their Library Bar: the Gold Medal Martini, complete with gold leaf rim. Having a martini while curled up in one of the leather wing chairs by the fire (it is British summer after all) in this intimate, clubby space might be just the way to escape the madness that is set to take over the city this summer.
Open 11am to 1am Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 10.30pm Sunday, a range of rare cognacs, Armagnac, and whiskies is on offer should martini not be your drink of choice. Cigars, including pre-revolution Cuban sticks, are also available - are we seeing a trend here?
For a traditional afternoon tea instead, head to Apsleys restaurant, where three seatings between 4pm and 6pm are run daily to get your fill of scones, clotted cream, and fruit preserves.
Availability is scarce over the summer, but a weekend away in a Deluxe Room in a few weeks' time starts at £315 (about $500). If you want to hit up The Lanesborough in true rapper style, The Lanesborough Suite is one of London's largest at 4,000 sq. ft. and when booked as a four-bedroom palace, comes complete with your very own chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce Phantom and a price tag to match: £15,000 ($23,500) a night.
[Photos: The Lanesborough]