A Haven Way Up High – Royal Lancaster London

Panoramic views from the Royal Suite at Royal Lancaster London

 

London can often feel like a concrete jungle of soaring tower blocks and tarmac, especially on these sweltering summer days. A visit to Royal Lancaster London (website) last week showed us that this is not the case. Stepping out of the lift onto the eighteenth floor and into the hotel’s exclusive Royal Suite revealed Hyde Park in all its colossal, leafy glory, providing a welcome moment of respite from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis below.

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From the suite’s panoramic windows, London’s iconic skyline sits on the horizon, while the vast greenery of the park and the mirror-like surface of the Serpentine take centre stage. Skyscrapers are reduced to toy-like imitations, barely disturbing the large expanse of sky overhead, allowing London’s lungs a little breathing space.

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Meanwhile, inside, the suite is decked out with sapphire-blue sofas, marble tables and touches of gold, providing an ideal spot from which to city gaze, curl up with a book or raise a glass to the sunset. A geometric theme runs through scatter cushions and light fittings. The hotel even has its own beehives located on the rooftop which provide honey for the morning buffet.

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The suite is perfectly positioned for lovers of people watching. Guests can delight in picking out the ant-like joggers, dog walkers and selfie-stick-armed tourists scurrying about below, while peacefully lounging in their caramel-hued cocoon.

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Royal Lancaster has been described as ‘the most Instagramable hotel in West London’ with its view-ogling rooms and suites. The hotel first opened its doors to the public in the swinging sixties and was re-vamped last year in time for its 50th birthday. As part of this celebratory refurbishment, Ultimate Library worked alongside the hotel to add a splash of intelligent luxury to the plush interiors, in the shape of coffee table books and colourful hardback reading titles.

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In keeping with the spectacular city views, Ultimate Library selected titles aimed at giving hotel guests a sense of place in their London surroundings. From Simon Phipps’ photographs of the capital’s Brutalist architecture to a vivid portrait of twenty-first century London as told through residents’ weird and wonderful tales. The Royal Lancaster’s specially curated collection was hand-picked to give guests a unique taste of London, incomparable to the average guidebook. The retro-feel of the hotel’s furnishings is captured through titles on 20th century design, while its birth-decade is honoured with beautifully-illustrated books on the revolutionary 1960s.

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The book collection is positioned between owl-shaped bookends on sideboards and placed on coffee tables and forms an integral part of every guest’s Royal Lancaster experience. Way up high above London, guests are offered an alternative angle of the city, made possible by the hotel’s soaring height, stunning location and riveting view-side reads.

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Written by Molly Hugh