The entrance to Threadneedles Hotel is pretty discreet, but once inside you’re treated to the spectacular glass dome that dates back to the 19th century. I stayed at the weekend over London Fashion Week, it made a perfect base for hopping to shows.
I always wonder why bathrooms at home never match up to the feeling of luxury of a hotel bathroom, when I become a homeowner I am totally kitting out my bathroom hotel-style. The marble bathrooms at Threadneedles are no exception to this rule, spacious, luxurious and with nice touches like a heated towel rail, magazines and a plentiful array of Korres goodies. The best bit? There is a TV in the bathroom, amazing! My LFW early start was made a bit more bearable by wallowing in a bath and watching BBC Breakfast until my brain fully switched itself on.
The bed in my room was ridiculously comfortable, I’m a light sleeper but the combination of giant bed, firm but yielding mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets and supersoft pillows meant I had a really good night’s sleep. The hotel offers a Brooks Brothers and Louis Vuitton concierge service, so if you wish they can come round and kit you out in their finest without even leaving the hotel. Fancy!
I had no choice in the morning than to go with their award-winning Power Breakfast, a full English which comes with a round of toast, tea, fresh juice and pastries if you wish. It’s a perfectly portioned plate of eggs, sausage, mushroom, tomato, bacon and black pudding. I’d heard about the sausages they use, which are specially made for the hotel from three cuts of pork, they certainly lived up to their reputation. What really slayed me though was the black pudding, I love black pudding and the one in the Power Breakfast is obviously something special so I grilled (pun intended) head chef Barry Tonks to find out more.
Barry used to be a fisherman and he once ended up docking at Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, an island off the west coast of Scotland. Whilst staying there, Barry tried the black pudding made by the local butcher Charles MacLeod and thought it was absolutely delicious. Barry now gets the black pudding sent to London to use in his breakfasts, it’s really the crème de la crème of black puddings, no word of a lie. Light, fluffy and full of flavour I know where I’m getting my black pudding from now on.
What with London Fashion Week I had a bit of a whistlestop stay, my only regret is that I didn’t have more lounging time to relax and enjoy the room. With a TV, ipod dock, minibar, fluffy dressing gowns and great room service you’d never have to leave!
Isabelle was a guest of Threadneedles Hotel.