Threadneedles Hotel

A very stylish needle in the city haystack

Money might make the City of London go round, but it’s an area not really known for its hotels. However, the financial district is hiding a little gem.

Nestled in the heart of the Square Mile, right opposite the London Stock Exchange, sits Threadneedles – a former 19th-century Victorian banking hall, which has lovingly been turned into the area’s favourite boutique hotel.

And while visiting bankers might luxuriate in its rooms during the week, at weekends, it’s the perfect place for a romantic night away from home.

From the minute you walk in, underneath a fabulous glass domed roof, everything unfolds immaculately before you.

The lifts are lined with leather, the products in the showers come courtesy of Korres, plasma televisions feature in every bedroom, and every bathroom, all bed linen carries the Frette tag, every guest is presented with bespoke business cards (not strictly necessary for my one-night stay, but it made me feel extremely important, nonetheless)… the list goes on and on.

The jewel in this exclusive crown, however, isn’t the sophisticated rooms, nor the amazing service (seriously, I have never had so many people ask me if there’s anything they can do to make my stay better), but the restaurant, Bonds, which has become a foodie destination in its own right.

Of course, all this 5-star luxury doesn’t come cheap, but there are plenty of good offers available, including Friday night, three-course dinner, bed and (very extravagant) breakfast breaks for as little as £250 per room. Even the bankers round the corner couldn’t quibble over that price.

Details: Threadneedles Hotel, 5 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AY (020 7657 8090, www.theetoncollection.com)

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