Search

Hotel review: The Lancaster London’s breathtaking views over the city skyline

10:37 01 May 2015

City view from the 18th floor

City view from the 18th floor

Archant

Walking into our hotel room on the Lancaster London’s 18th floor was one of life’s jaw-dropping ‘wow’ moments.

Lancaster Hotel's Radnor SuiteLancaster Hotel's Radnor Suite

Wall-to-wall windows boasting sweeping panoramic views over Hyde Park and the capital’s skyline greeted us in our executive room, alongside sophisticated decor and sumptuous furnishings, including a huge bed with crisp white, plumped up pillows you just want to sink straight into.

As the sun set, bouncing its pink glow off glistening skyscrapers and landmarks like the London Eye, I was reminded how magical London really is – as you sometimes need to be, after a long and dreary winter barely seeing the light of day. It also hit home that I don’t take advantage of what’s right on my doorstep enough, and a weekend at this luxury four star retreat allows you to do just that.

The 416 room hotel – just around the corner from Lancaster Gate Tube – is Thai owned, and it’s not long before that South East Asian influence shines through. From a vast marble-floored reception and Buddha statuettes, to the renowned Nipa Thai restaurant.

Run by an all-lady kitchen brigade headed up by Sanguan Parr, this restaurant has won a raft of awards – including one from the Thailand government for the authenticity of its cuisine.

Nipa Thai at the Lancaster LondonNipa Thai at the Lancaster London

It’s easy to see – and taste – why, with all the herbs and spiced flown directly in from Thailand and its focus on country’s central region, combining hot flavours with the mild and sweet.

And if its traditional food offering isn’t enough to transport you to the Land of Smiles, then the decor most certainly is. Recently revamped, there’s shimmering gold details, artefacts, big white orchids, velvet furniture and teak panelling, making it every inch the opulent Thai experience.

Manager Kaseam Jongpitakrat – who has been at the restaurant since its opening 18 years ago – recommended for starters the kao krieb pak moh, which were delicate gem-like rice parcels in different colours, filled with sautéed chicken fused with shallots, roasted peanuts and served and with crisp lettuce, fresh chillies and coriander. With these, and our sharing platter of traditional Thai treats, we were already blown away and the rest of the meal lived up to the lofty expectations.
The chicken in my kaeng massaman curry fell away from the bone at the slightest touch of my fork, smothered in a rich and creamy coconut sauce with onions, peanuts and potatoes.

My partner also devoured his pad Thai dish, with its huge juicy prawns, crunchy peanut shavings and a perfectly zesty kick. It was the best – if not better – than I tasted in Thailand itself.

Lancaster HotelLancaster Hotel

After some drinks in the lounge area, it was back up to the room to admire the striking city views at night time – even more stunning lit up with thousands of glittering lights.

Having enjoyed one of the most restful night’s sleeps in ages, the following day was kick-started with breakfast in the hotel’s buffet restaurant which overlooks Hyde Park and serves a range of options, from traditional Thai to continental or a hearty full English. The Island Grill which serves up traditional British fare also offers breakfast, a la carte, as well as lunch and dinner.

The breakfast set us up perfectly for a day of exploring, ambling and people watching – through the park’s Italian 150-year old ornamental gardens, along the Regency streets surrounding the hotel and onto Notting Hill.

After another night of pure relaxation at this stunning hotel – which is well on its way to becoming five star – we headed home, fully refreshed and even more in love with London than ever.

Rooms at Lancaster London start at £129 for one night. To book or to find out more click here

Latest Islington Stories

09:00
Peter and Alan Arthy at the Mears Group HQ in Caledonian Road

“I was 14 and the career officer came round. He said to me ‘right you’ve got three options; making women’s handbags, a dustman or a painter and decorator’.”

Fabric nightclub in Charterhouse Street. Picture: Polly Hancock

Two 18-year-old boys who died after taking ecstasy at Fabric had bought the class A drug from strangers inside the Farringdon club, where substance abuse is rife and security lax, an explosive report today alleges.

Fri, 16:11
Emergency services and displaced commuters outside Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station (Picture: Sam Gelder)

A commuter has described his horror at seeing a boy attacked on a bus in Caledonian Road, in an incident believed to be linked to a stabbing on a nearby Overground platform.

Fri, 15:57
Marco Polo: An Untold Love Story at the Shaw Theatre

The Philippines and UK celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations, and the Shaw Thearre’s Marco Polo charts the explorers journey

Fri, 15:12
John Ball, pictured on January 31, on the balcony of the second floor flat in which he died

Firefighters called to a housing block three times could not have saved the alcoholic found dead in his soot-covered flat the next day, a coroner has ruled.

Fri, 07:30
Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh

With just a month of the season remaining, Middlesex appear better-placed to become county champions than at any time since their last title 23 years ago.

Fri, 07:15
Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue

The match stats team at bettingexpert pored over the recent history of league contests between Arsenal and Watford – who meet at Vicarage Road on Saturday – and discovered that, while the Gunners secured a 3-0 win in the corresponding fixture last term, all of their goals came in the second half.

Thu, 17:00
Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special leather outfit.

Despite not growing up with Elvis on her musical radar, Zoey Goto has devoted the past two and a half years to finding out about his style

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now