A weekend in London UK

Driving through a stone archway, past an intricate wrought iron gate, you will find yourself in a handsome Edwardian courtyard, where dapper, uniformed doormen guide you into a Belle Epoque lobby. Here, tall, elegant bundles of single-hued flowers surge out of vases, and immaculate, marbled floors are accented with shimmering glass. A stone’s throw from Covent Garden, the Rosewood London is a quiet retreat, located in the midst of the city bustle.

The true highlight of staying at Rosewood is the bathrooms. Marbled and generously mirrored, they are accompanied by highly considered amenities – including Marvis toothpaste, lilliputian natural sea sponges, and other bathroom essentials housed in delicate glass boxes.

The hotel is housed in the former headquarters of Pearl Assurance – built in 1914. Constructed of hundred-year-old solid Pavonazzo marble staircases, rare marble pillars, deep mahogany fittings, and intricate tiling, it has an air of confidence and luxury that accompanies a building of such heritage. The rooms, designed by Tony Chi, are classic in styling – jewel-toned sofas, soft lighting, and wool Etro blankets artfully strewn across crisp white sheets. But the true highlight of staying at Rosewood is the bathrooms. Marbled and generously mirrored, they are accompanied by highly considered amenities – including Marvis toothpaste, lilliputian natural sea sponges, and other bathroom essentials housed in delicate glass boxes.

Venture outside during a weekend, and you might stumble across their Slow Food and Living Market, which is held at the inner courtyard every Sunday. Executive chef Amandine Chaignot is the force behind this enterprise, and the sole aim is to recreate and promote the traditional marketplace shopping experience, with wholesome, fair produce from local growers and artisans. It is the only dedicated slow food and living market in London, with access to offerings such as ethically sourced fish from Hansen & Lydersen, delicate cheeses from Ellie’s Diary, and an heirloom tomato stall, to name a few.

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