Review: The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out Of Office Magazine reviews one of Convent Garden’s grandest and iconic hotels, the Waldorf Hilton Hotel

Turn the clock back to 1908; the Waldorf opened its doors, dining rooms and suites to visitors hoping to capture a piece of the American dream in London, with the latest New Yorker boutique charm.

It wasn’t to be just a hotel, but a place where tourists, passer-byes and locals could stop for dinner, afternoon tea and a glorious place to rest their heads in the height of luxury in the West End.

Three years prior to its opening, with a glitzy champagne reception, theatrical Impresario Edward Sanders decided to build a hotel on the northern rim of Aldwych. He partnered with accountant, Thomas Wild, to raise the sum of £700,000 with the assistance of William Waldorf Astor, who the hotel was named after in gratitude.

Inside, past reception is the Palm Court Lounge. It’s no wonder that’s where scenes from the Titanic film A Night to Remember were filmed, as director Roy Ward Baker thought it perfect for depicting the interior of a ship with its oaken walls.

The history of the place is plentiful. During WWII, The Waldorf placed adverts in the press reassuring visitors that its alloy structure made it safe. One stray bomb missed the hotel but shockwaves shattered the Palm Court roof and tango tea dances were suspended as a result. The restaurant then became a staff dormitory and the hotel’s legendary head waiter slept in a corner every night to keep an eye on it.

Fast forward to 2017, and the hotel, taken over by the Hilton Corporation 13 years ago, still looks as grand as it did back upon its opening. Arriving at dusk, its warm lights shine brightly outside and inside we are greeted by reception and then taken to our executive suite.

The room 

Each executive suite includes a complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, evening canapés and drinks all served in the executive lounge.

The Edwardian style suites are spacious and well decorated with a comfy king bed and windows that open out onto the bustling streets of London.

The room also featured a Handy smartphone, which gives guests access to unlimited local and international calls, free internet access, promotions and an on-the-go hotel concierge service. This gadget is a great extra for those staying who are unfamiliar with the city.

The restaurant

We visited the Homage Restaurant for our evening meal; we were treated to a set menu of three courses and a glass of champagne each for £29.50. With its high ceilings, chandeliers and gold topped pillars, it’s a special setting – great for a celebratory meal or a treat.

Our highlights were the roasted wood pigeon and seabass for mains, and the chocolate parfait for dessert.

Why choose The Waldorf Hilton Hotel?  Stunning, beautiful and historic, it provides a relaxing stay in central London.

Cost: ££££

Aldwych, London WC2B 4DD, United Kingdom

Website

0207 836 2400

 

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Review: Ca’puccino, King’s Road, London

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Out Of Office Magazine reviews Ca’puccino, a charming coffee house and kitchen located near Sloane Square 

The concept of Ca’puccino was born in Italy and it shows. The coffee house and kitchen offers locally sourced Italian food and drinks in great chic locations.

Owner and creator Giacomo Moncalvo has crafted a great brand and its success has spread, with 10 locations across Italy and five in London.

We tried out the King’s Road branch located a stones throw away from Sloane Square tube station. Most of what is on offer comes straight from Italy, so many of the food is not available anywhere else in London. But the small, yet growing chain, is eco-conscious and will source what they can locally – like meat.

We let the manager lead us through the menu and he started us off with the Italian afternoon tea which featured sweet and savoury canapé-style bites with Italian fizz and flower tea. Then a cold tuna salad accompanied with a glass of dry rosé, followed by green pesto pasta with pine nuts and parmesan with a full bodied red to wash it all done. To finish the meal we sampled some of their specially brewed coffee and were keen to buy a bag to bring home.

What? A charming and authentic coffee house and kitchen, with a wide variety of locations to choose from – and we certainly expect to see more opening up very soon.

Why Choose Ca’puccino? It has the relaxing atmosphere of a Café but the elegance and quality food of a five star restaurant. Perfect for a quick coffee or a longer appointment.

 

138a King’s Road SW3 4XB

0207 0360 555

www.ca-puccino.com