Exploring a Slice of London with Three Distinct Hotels

 

No matter the season, London is always one of the most popular travel destinations. More like many cities (and villages) within one, each neighborhood has a vibe and history all its own. Today, with three luxury hotels in three distinct parts of town, the Doyle Collection is making guests feel right at home across several addresses.

THE BLOOMSBURY
16-22 Great Russell Street / +44 207 347.1000

Developed in the 17th and 18th centuries as a fashionable residential area, Bloomsbury is also steeped in literary tradition. Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and William Butler Yeats all lived here, and the British Museum remains as the heart of the neighborhood. Boasting some of London’s finest parks and formal squares, Bloomsbury is also home to an impressive assortment of bookstores—from Skoob Books to the London Review Bookshop and everything in between, like Gay’s the Word, the United Kingdom’s first gay bookshop. Whatever your literary leaning, there’s no better place to curl up with a new book than back at The Bloomsbury hotel. Centrally located, The Bloomsbury is an architectural lover’s gem. Sir Edwin Lutyens designed the building, originally conceived as London’s first YWCA. Fully renovated, the hotel houses a library and a cozy reading room, with comfy sofas and a fire, while guest rooms boast modern luxuries. High tea at Dalloway Terrace is not to be missed, but you may never want to leave once you’ve hit Coral Room, the hotel’s buzzing bar with bright glossy walls that give new meaning to its namesake color.

THE KENSINGTON
109-113 Queen’s Gate / +44 207 589.6300

There’s a sense, on being welcomed through the double-framed doors of The Kensington hotel, of stepping back in time to a more genteel age, when good service was second nature. The hotel’s luxurious white stucco façade—a collection of four 19th-century townhouses in this posh part of town, full of stately prewar buildings and embassies—and the Victorian grandeur of its high ceilings, heritage decor, and open fireplaces evoke something of a bygone era. The Kensington is less of a city hotel and more like your own pied-à-terre (albeit with a finely trained staff to meet your every need, from herbal teas delivered to the edge of your freestanding, footed soaking tub at night to ticket arrangements at Royal Albert Hall). Here, London society comes together, whether for afternoon tea in the airy drawing rooms, cocktails in the glamorous K Bar, or dinner in the refined Townhouse restaurant. After a tour of nearby Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum, or the Victoria and Albert Museum, it’ll feel just like coming home upon your return to The Kensington.

THE MARYLEBONE
47 Welbeck Street / +44 207 486.6600 

The vibrant, jewel-box feel of Marylebone, one of London’s trendiest neighborhoods, is mirrored in the stylish hotel that shares its name. A stone’s throw from the department stores and boutiques of Oxford Street and Mayfair and the independent restaurants and markets of Marylebone High Street, The Marylebone hotel reflects the energy of this charming yet buzzing village within the city. From the polished appeal of the hotel’s restaurant, 108 Brasserie (don’t skip the house-made artisanal gin), to a yoga class in the decked courtyard, or a spin and a dip at the Third Space gym, pool, and spa—the hotel is like a self-contained village of its own. With everything on offer, it’s hard to imagine how The Marylebone managed to make its guest rooms—contemporary and ultra-comfortable—as luxuriously spacious as they are, especially for this part of town.