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Iconic Hotels: Grandeur, grace, and glorious gastronomy at The Connaught, Mayfair

Each detail of The Connaught, from its historic staircase to the luxurious King's Lodge suite, reflects its commitment to combining heritage with luxury, making it an exemplary London experience. Share

Situated in the heart of London’s prestigious Mayfair, The Connaught is a sanctuary where history and modern sophistication meet. Since its opening in 1897, this iconic hotel has welcomed a host of luminaries, from silver screen legends like Lauren Bacall and Alec Guinness to world-renowned figures such as Ralph Lauren, who found inspiration within its storied walls​.

Upon entering The Connaught, guests are enveloped in an atmosphere of unmatched grandeur. A deeper exploration into the hotel’s art offerings reveals an illustrious assembly of works by artists such as Graham Sutherland, Barbara Hepworth, Damien Hirst, Julian Opie, and Louise Bourgeois. The Connaught’s art collection, boasting over 3,000 pieces, is a dynamic and growing testament to the hotel’s dedication to the arts. The sweeping mahogany staircase that graces the hotel’s interior is so iconic that it was replicated by Ralph Lauren in his flagship Madison Avenue store​​​.

The hotel’s accommodations, elegantly designed by Guy Oliver and David Collins, offer a respite from the busy, capital charm of London. Each of the 121 rooms and suites is a masterpiece of design, combining muted tones, bespoke furniture, and luxurious amenities to create a restful and opulent environment. The meticulous attention to detail extends to the marble bathrooms, equipped with LCD televisions, walk-in showers, and organic Bamford toiletries, ensuring a stay that is as comfortable as it is lavish​​​.

Recently, The Connaught unveiled the King’s Lodge suite, a luxurious space crafted in collaboration with King Charles III’s charity, Turquoise Mountain. This suite, through its Mughal-inspired decor and a rich colour scheme, alongside craftsmanship from around the globe, encapsulates the suite’s grandeur and the charitable ethos of Turquoise Mountain.

Dining at The Connaught is an indulgence in culinary excellence. The hotel is home to several world-class restaurants, each offering a unique dining experience. Jean-Georges presents a menu of eclectic, globally-inspired dishes, while Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, an award-winning restaurant, showcases the finest French cuisine with a contemporary twist.

For those seeking an intimate dining experience, the Sommelier’s Table offers a bespoke menu crafted by Chef Hélène Darroze, paired with exquisite wines selected by the sommelier. The Connaught Grill, a modern reincarnation of a classic, showcases the art of grilling with a menu that features the finest ingredients cooked to perfection. The dining space is adorned with craftsmanship by Nakashima woodworkers, adding a touch of elegance to the ambience.

The Connaught’s Aman Spa provides a secluded retreat for guests seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. With its black granite swimming pool and an array of treatments inspired by Asian and Native American traditions, the spa offers a sanctuary of wellness within the hotel. The attentive staff and serene environment ensure a spa experience that is both luxurious and restorative​.

The Connaught’s outdoor spaces, including The Garden of Illusion with its Moon Tree by Tom Stuart-Smith, offer guests a tranquil outdoor gallery within its courtyard. The hotel’s engagement with the arts extends into its neighbourhood, underscored by its significant role in commissioning Tadao Ando’s ‘Silence’ water feature. The hotel’s proximity to the theatres of the West End, the green spaces of Hyde Park and Green Park, and the luxury boutiques on Mount Street places guests at the heart of London’s cultural and social scene.

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