Millennium Mayfair Hotel44 Grosvenor Square
London, UK, W1K 2HP
+44 (0)20 7629 9400
The Millennium Mayfair Hotel has a bit of magic to it. The posh hotel conjures a new, modernistic approach to the simpler pleasures of an age nearly forgotten. Overlooking some of London’s key landmarks and the beautiful gardens on Grovesnor Square, the Millennium was built as an 18th century townhouse in the simple Georgian style of that age. With large marble bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes, the hotel basks in a luxurious glow. Attached Italian restaurant Avista offers a menu with a heavy focus on seafood and game, giving further weight to the sense of history and heritage.
Restaurant Sat Bains with RoomsLenton Lane
London, UK, NG7 2SA
+44 (0)11 5986 6566
In 2005, Chef Sat Bains took over his self-named restaurant and re-opened it as Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms, marking it a “destination restaurant” with an attached boutique hotel. While he focuses on the back of the house, his wife, Amanda, helps run the bed portion of the bed-and-breakfast. The eight rooms there are all elegantly furnished in different styles, all of them far more stylish (think beautiful armoires and bed canopies) than your typical standard hotel room. Bains often meets guests who stay for dinner and shows them the inner workings of his well-oiled machine; a kitchen workshop most mornings allows the more daring to help chop and filet (often under head chef John Freeman’s supervision).