41 LONDON HOTEL REVIEW
A GENTLEMAN’S PARADISE ON BUCKINGHAM PALACE ROAD
The fact that this 5 star luxury boutique hotel located in Victoria only has 28 rooms certainly plays to its advantage. This is probably why Hotel 41 currently sits at the top of Trip Advisor’s top hotels in London. Just from the arrival alone you get a slight feeling of what it might be like to be either very important or super famous, with personalised attention given throughout. Front of house welcome you with a handshake and a champagne trolley is swiftly wheeled over for you to choose a complimentary welcome drink... which is promptly topped up once it’s nearly finished.
The lounge area is a gentleman’s paradise with large leather seating, book shelves and a huge world globe as the centre feature of the room. It feels like a home away from home mixed with a private members club.
There’s also a corner area where there’s complimentary food and snacks such as wasabi peas, nuts, crisps, chocolates (and ice cream) with an honesty bar. Through the day this includes afternoon tea or olives and bread-sticks etc.
'The evening (until 1am) includes a brilliant cheeseboard and a selection of desserts. Why can’t all hotels do this!'
We also had a superb breakfast in this room where you can order anything from Eggs Benedict to Waffles with a higher class service provided from the waiters.
Our room was large and had a great view of the Royal Mews from the windows. The Penhaligon’s products in the bathroom was a nice touch and the bed was quite huge. Admittedly the width of this bed was the same as the length of our bed at home.
The room is filled with unique framed art illustrations of gentlemen wearing exquisite tailoring such as top hats and overcoats. On a closer look, they’re actually Vanity Fair supplements dated from around 1869.
The room, though it looks classic and regal, has all the modern equipment a modern man would need including a Bose speaker with surround-sound and a flat screen HD TV. There’s also a departure menu which interestingly includes ‘Packing of your Luggage’ – genius!
bbar Restaurant & Bar
This South African inspired restaurant has a laid back feel. In fact, we thought bbar seemed a bit like an American style sports bar, but for a civilised crowd. The relaxed atmosphere with stylish South African furnishing is the perfect place to grab a cocktail and some serious dude food. Choose from Bobotie Spring Rolls, Wild Boar burgers, Boerewors Hot Dogs, Cape Malay Chicken Curry... hungry?