The Bloomsbury hotel, part of the Doyle Collection, has recently undergone a dashing makeover with much of the design work courtesy of Martin Brudnizki (he and the team also did Aquavit, the Ivy Collection, Sexy Fish, Scarfe’s Bar and The Wigmore to name but a few).
If food and drink is your thang, there’s plenty here to get you going. We have dinner on the Dalloway Terrace which sees two rectangular dining rooms complete with retractable roofs and walls covered in flowers from floor to ceiling. Each is a gorgeous space and unlike anywhere else in London.
It’s a menu filled with simple dishes using top notch products. We start with a burrata to share (£15) which comes with roasted tomatoes and sliced country loaf. It’s a combination that never gets old: sweet tomato and gloriously gooey cheese.
Tiger prawns (£16) are grilled to smokey perfection. The same smokey wallop can be found in the 28 day dry aged Aberdeen Angus rib eye (£28). It’s a fine piece of beef with a tangy béarnaise for added zing.
100% acorn fed Iberico pork cutlet (£24) is a sweet piece of pig which comes with a contrasting celeriac and apple remoulade. The fat is the really exciting part; it’s both crisp and squishy and so full of flavour.
The Coral Room is the hotel’s main bar and arguably the most attractive space. It’s all gold and pink (sorry, coral) with luscious foliage aplenty. It’s like being in the Grand Budapest Hotel. We sip on a perfect Espresso Martini while perched at the bar.
Our room (no. 501) is probably the least exciting part. There’s nothing wrong with it, not in the slightest, we get lost in that huge bed and have the best night’s sleep, but with its muted grey colour scheme it doesn’t quite match the rest of the hotel’s glamour.
With marble at every turn, the bathroom is a touch grander. The walk in shower is a decent size and there’s a separate bath which is always a welcome sight.
Elsewhere in the hotel The Bloomsbury Club Bar is another gorgeously appointed space. It sits in the basement of the hotel and is the perfect hideaway for a post dinner drink. It reminds me of the Ralph Lauren Café. We go for a smoky Old Fashioned which packs a punch.
Breakfast can be taken in the Dalloway Terrace or in a separate dining room for hotel guests. It’s nice to see some healthier options like rainbow açai bowls and bircher muesli. Both are a generous portions – who needs bacon eh.
The Bloomsbury is a veritable fun house full of brilliant bits and bobs with some of the prettiest spaces you’ll find in London right now. And it’s right in the centre of town. As hotels go, this one is a good’en.
Would we go back? Yes
We stayed as guests of the hotel