On my debut to trip to London it was rather special to be staying in one of the most iconic hotels in the city, The May Fair Hotel. Without knowing much about London, you need to have played monopoly just once to understand that it sits pretty high in terms of location and prestige. The hotel itself first opened its doors in 1927 in the presence of King George V and Queen Mary, since then it’s changed hands numerous times and as of 2002 sits within the Edwardian suite of international hotels.
Greeted by a lime green Aventador at check in, it’s evident that the hotel is a place of preference for London’s elite. The main foyer is grand, yet comforting and flanked by the May Fair Kitchen and May Fair Bar. I thoroughly enjoyed the personal feel of the hotel, and despite being 411 rooms in size the intricate layout makes it feel small and intimate – like you’re visiting good friends mansion.
Our King suite is much larger than I’d anticipated being an inner-city London hotel, with ample room for a couple with a lot of luggage and sitting space. The bedroom consists of rather traditional furnishings and finishes, which are juxtaposed beautifully by the modern bathroom. Sliding doors open to reveal a feature bath tub, a huge open style shower and separated toilet. Perhaps my favourite feature of the room are the two large bay windows that invite natural light into the room from sun up to sun down.
Within the hotel exists a number of bars, one of which is the recently added Cigar Room – an intimate lounge area and beautiful facilitator for those who enjoy a fine scotch and a stogie. If a massage and sauna sounds more relaxing to you, then the Spa has every treatment under the sun, including a specially crafted men’s product.
Perhaps the most unique feature of this wonderful hotel is the 200 seat theatre. Over the past 90 years, The May Fair Hotel has had a large role to play in the theatre and film industry not only in London, but globally. The theater has hosted hundreds private screenings, award nights and events – and with a recent upgrade is looking especially beautiful. It’s features like this unique and enchanting venue that continue to make The May Fair Hotel a favourite amongst the fashion and film elite (they are also the official hotel partner for London Fashion Week).
In terms of location it sits nestled between the likes of Saville Row, Hyde Park and Regent Street. Whether you’re visiting the iconic sites of the city, or looking for a quiet meal in Shepherds Bush (just a short stroll away) the May Fair is amongst it all and offers the very best in luxury accommodation and services.
Special thanks to Sunita and the team at Edwardian for accommodating me during my stay at the May Fair.