LOCATED on the river’s edge in the heart of Westminster, with spectacular views across the Thames of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Marriott Hotel County Hall has its roots firmly planted in the city’s history since 1951. The building was formerly home to the London County Council and was converted into a Marriott Hotel in 1998. A recent redesign has renewed the hotel’s links to its heritage and London location, while giving rooms a modern luxury update. The result is a uniquely styled space that combines quintessential British charm with the best in contemporary comfort.
Parliament View Room
Carefully redesigned in sympathy with the original architecture of the Edwardian Baroque style property, the interior takes nods from the wrought iron detailing of the council chamber’s ceremonial gates as well as incorporating elements of 1920s Art Deco design in the carpeting and bespoke decorative lighting pieces. The orange armchairs in each guestroom reference seating used in the former London council chamber, while the walls feature works by local artists based on London’s underground stations.
One Bedroom Executive Suite – Dining Room
The appreciation of all things British doesn’t end there, with Gillray’s Restaurant & Bar offering delicious English produce to enjoy while taking in panoramic views of the Thames. The restaurant specialises in beef and gin – two very British delicacies – with nine cuts of steak and more than 100 English spirits on offer. Guests can also enjoy traditional afternoon tea served in the hotel’s library among the busts of literary luminaries from Shakespeare to Milton.
Despite these traditional elements the space integrates all the contemporary luxury one might expect from a Marriott hotel. All rooms offer individual climate control with a private mini-bar, 32-inch flat-screen television, Wi-Fi connectivity and 24-hour room service. There’s also the largest indoor hotel swimming pool in London at 25 metres, as well as a 560 sqm gym and exercise studio.
With its unique history, quirky design and show-stopping central location, this is the perfect place to enjoy a very British break.
by Rachel Parker
Rooms at the London Marriott Hotel County Hall start from £300 per room including breakfast.