The LaLiT London – Traditionally Modern Yet Subtly Luxurious

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 hotel London

About

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.

LaLiT hotel London

History

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. 

LaLiT hotel London

Accommodation

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’. 

LaLiT London

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. 

LaLiT London

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.  

LaLiT London

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! 

LaLiT London

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? 

the lalit hotel london

Baluchi

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. 

LaLiT London

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!? 

LaLiT London

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.

LaLiT London

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. 

LaLiT London

He was that impressed with Baluchi’s Masala Dosa that he ordered it for breakfast two days in a row!

LaLit London

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. 

LaLiT London

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.

LaLiT London

LaLiT London

LaLiT London

The Terrace

The Terrace is the place to be seen this summer. If you like The Dalloway Terrace then you’ll love frequenting the LaLiT Terrace.    

LaLiT London

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. 

LaLiT London

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.

LaLiT London

LaLiT London

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. 

LaLiT London

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! 

LaLiT London

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.

LaLiT London

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.  

LaLiT London

The Spa

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.

LaLiT London

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.

LaLiT London

LaLiT London

Verdict

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?

Maggie Oxox

Please note that my stay at The Lalit London was complimentary however as ever, all opinions are my own.

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18 Comments

  1. Becs
    July 3, 2017 / 7:42 am

    Your post and pictures make me want to book in there tonight!! Certainly one to look at for a staycation for Londoners! Amazing post Mags! X

    • July 6, 2017 / 6:23 am

      You should!! It’s a wonderful addition to the luxury boutique hotel scene! Thanks Bec 🙂 xx

  2. July 3, 2017 / 9:51 am

    That blue dining room is stunning! What a fabulous venue!

    • July 6, 2017 / 6:21 am

      Isn’t it?!! It’s definitely my favourite room…I would love to paint one of my rooms at home that colour at some point!

    • July 6, 2017 / 6:20 am

      Me to!! The food was fantastic and the cocktails were excellent too!

  3. July 3, 2017 / 11:09 am

    I love the mix of heritage and bold colours! Such a unique combination to add to London’s boutique hotels xx

    • July 6, 2017 / 6:20 am

      Isn’t it just! I love it when hotels are a little more daring! xx

  4. July 3, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Wow! The room is gorgeous. And they do masala dosa. My absolute favourite. Slightly indulgent for me to stay somewhere literally 15mins from my home. But yes I still want to!!

    • July 6, 2017 / 6:19 am

      Haha I don’t think you’re alone 😉 – i’m gutted I didn’t try his actually. I don’t think I’ve had masala dosa before either but hopefully there will be a next time!

  5. Hadas
    July 3, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    this is so luxurious and I love the location of the hotel!

    Hadas – luxury travel and fashion blogger @The Fashion Matters

    • July 6, 2017 / 6:18 am

      The hotel is situation in a fantastic location – right next to Tower Bridge!

  6. Gabrielle
    July 3, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Thanks so much for this (spectacular!) introduction to London’s new luxury hotel – every inch of the place looks incredible! More than anything, I’m swooning over that staircase haha. Still loving you in that hot pink dress by the way; the perfect evening Summer look 🙂 Have a lovely week!

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • July 6, 2017 / 6:17 am

      Hahaha thank you Gabrielle 🙂 – have a fabulous week too! xx

  7. July 3, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    So lovely, Maggie! It’s a gorgeous hotel and I love hotels like this which have a history. I’d love to try their spa – it looks amazing. If I’m ever on the hunt for a staycation I suspect the Lalit may be one of my ports of call!

    • July 5, 2017 / 10:57 am

      It is a gorgeous hotel isn’t it and I love how spacious the outdoor terrace is!

    • July 5, 2017 / 10:45 am

      Thank you so much Jenny – I do love my Kate Spade dress 🙂 ! The LaLiT is beautiful and the Great Hall is definitely my favourite room! xx

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