Where to stay
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You can’t go wrong with any of the small
boutique hotels in the Firmdale group.
All are charming, colourful and chic — pick
according to which location you prefer. Rooms from $240.
What a clever idea: the Grazing Goat is
a gourmet pub with eight quietly stylish
bedrooms, close to Marble Arch. The look
is English country house with open fires,
bleached wooden tables, sage-green walls
dotted with vintage prints and polished
antlers. The bedrooms are lovely — fresh
and comfortable, with iPod docking stations
and thoughtful touches such as organic
Earl Grey tea and soft throws — and you are
perfectly situated to pop into the new shoe
hall at Selfridges. 6 New Quebec St., W1. Doubles from $314.
Alternatively, of all the old-school,
big-player hotels in London, pick the
Connaught. It’s unfaultable, especially
after a huge renovation: sublime rooms,
impeccable service (a silver flask of hot chocolate is left by your bed at night)
and a brilliant location — central, but
hear-a-pin-drop quiet. Carlos Place, W1. Rooms from $949.
And for an absurdly good, cheaper option,
Dean Street Townhouse bills itself as a
39-room “bed and brasserie.” It is utterly
stylish and well executed, with superb
food to boot. 69-71 Dean St., W1. Rooms from $225.