Located at the very end of Tooley Street, right next to Tower Bridge is one of London’s most eagerly anticipated new 5* star hotels – The LaLiT Hotel London. The week before last, I spent two wonderful nights, experiencing first hand, what its like to be a guest at London’s latest luxury boutique hotel, the LaLit London.
The LaLiT London belongs to the LaLiT Suri Hospitality Group, one of India’s largest and fastest growing privately owned Hotel Companies. With headquarters in New Delhi, the group has twelve hotels in different regions in India and now one hotel in London.
Formerly home to St Olave’s Grammar School, this 120 year old red brick building, was built by the architect of The Old Bailey, Edward Mountford. Despite a lengthy five year restoration project, a great deal of care has been taken to ensure that this iconic building remains true to its history.
The LaLiT London houses 70 rooms in total and in keeping with the building’s heritage, the rooms are named in honour of those you would find in a school. The bedrooms for example are referred to as ‘classrooms’ whilst the main dining room is referred to as ‘The Great Hall’.
Boasting six different room categories, Mr O’T and I spent two very comfortable nights in one of the LaLiT’s Junior Classrooms. Styled with modern comforts, the junior classrooms are extremely spacious and offer a wonderful selection of amenities including a complimentary bar of snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic), a Nespresso coffee machine and free WIFI alongside other amenities.
Let’s talk about the exquisite furnishings for a minute. Firstly the colour palette – the subtle use of orange throughout the bedroom is such a refreshing change. So many hotels stick with black and white themes or very neutral colours and for one reason or another, they’re never bold enough to use a little colour.
One stand out piece of furniture that I absolutely must mention is the delicate hand-embroidered headboard. Isn’t it beautiful? If only I could have taken it home with me un-noticed!
Another wonderful feature is the marble temperature controlled flooring in the bathroom. Ok so it may have been stifling in London that week but this feature will be greatly received when the temperatures do start to dip. Plus who doesn’t love underfloor heating?
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the ‘Great Hall’, also known as ‘Baluchi’, the hotel’s signature restaurant. This restaurant is beautiful and is guaranteed to blow you away, unless you don’t appreciate blue.
The dazzling use of cobalt blue is another example of the Lalit’s perfect execution of a vibrant colour. And did you see the stunning glass chandeliers!?
Enough decor talk, time to move onto food. Breakfast offerings come in the form of a buffet and an a la carte menu. I preferred selecting from the a la carte menu as it meant there was less of a likelihood that I would overindulge so early in the day, plus I get over-faced with food quite easily.
The a la carte menu offers a good variety of sweet, savoury, healthy and less healthier breakfast options. I’m a big fan of eggs so I couldn’t resist their creamy eggs benedict but Mr O’T loves Indian food so he opted for the Masala Dosa.
He was that impressed with Baluchi’s Masala Dosa that he ordered it for breakfast two days in a row!
If you’re looking for Indian fine dining then a lunch or dinner reservation at Baluchi is a must. The menu offers an array of culinary specialities from across India so there is something to flatter everyone’s taste buds. There’s also an award winning Bread Bar, where the artisanal Naan breads are made. Believe me when I say that I ate the best Naan of my life here and it was Mango and Coconut flavoured.
So what should you order? Well it really depends on what you fancy. Mr O’T and I shared Papadoms, the Bharwan Zucchini, Malabar Prawns and the Lamb Chops. Each dish was packed with intense flavours and is unlike any Indian food I’ve eaten before.
The Terrace is the place to be seen this summer. If you like The Dalloway Terrace then you’ll love frequenting the LaLiT Terrace.
Not only is it bigger and split over two floors, but its a great space to eat, drink, entertain and indulge in people watching passers by.
The hotel has partnered with Sipsmiths this summer to create a haven for gin lovers. I was fortunate to sample a number of their cocktails and I must say, they proved to be a big hit all round.
The Teachers Room
When the nights turn cold and the days turn dark, you’ll find yourself retreating from The Terrace to The Teacher’s Room.
The hotel’s resident in-door bar is a luxurious sanctuary, for guests to enjoy some down time and to sample a premium assortment of exclusive whiskys. Fear not if whisky isn’t your thing as they still serve cocktails, wine and champagne. But if you are a whisky fan, then you’re in for a treat!
The Headmasters Room
If you’re looking for somewhere slightly more intimate then look no further than the Headmaster’s Room. I located Mr O’T in here with a good friend of ours enjoying a night cap at quarter 1 in the morning! I would be lying if I didn’t say that I struggled to coax them out of the gentlemen chairs they had set up camp in.
The Headmasters Room has an air of sophistication to it that has to be seen to be believed. There’s also a beautiful yet intricate mother of pearl ceiling to add to the understated opulence of the room.
The ‘Rejuve’ Spa is the perfect little hideaway to relax and unwind after a long day. The spa menu is quite extensive so whether you’re looking for a full body massage or simply a manicure, the team at Rejuve are on hand to cater to your every need.
I had a Abhyanga Ayurvedic warm oil back massage just before The Blogosphere Blog Awards and it was utter bliss – the perfect tonic to put me into a state of relaxation.
The LaLiT London is a luxury boutique hotel with a difference. Not only is this iconic building laced with charm and history, but it also epitomises the warmth and richness of Indian culture, in a beautiful, elegant and sophisticated manner. Traditionally modern, subtly luxurious and distinctly LaLiT!
Have you visited The LaLiT London?
Please note that my stay at The Lalit London was complimentary however as ever, all opinions are my own.