London, United Kingdom
InterContinental London Park Lane
What it is
A legendary 449-room and 71-suite Mayfair retreat with a panorama over Buckingham Palace, spa with local treatments, and four exquisite bars and restaurants.
What it isn't
Boring. Staffers have curated experiences for guests that range from a British picnic complete with lawn games (croquet, anyone?) to horseback riding through the century-old trails of Hyde Park.
What we think
Built on the exact spot where Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood home stood—145 Piccadilly—Intercontinental London Park Lane maintains a certain regal grace. (Case in point: it was originally opened in 1975 by His Grace the 8th Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley.) And lest you think the royal treatment is reserved for the uppermost suites, think again. Even the “starter” room category here, a Cosy Room, is plushly adorned—with Tuxedo Frette linens, a Nespresso machine, Bluetooth sound system and Byredo toiletries included amid the traditionally outfitted 226 square foot floor plan. If you want to spread out a bit, we love the 376 square foot Junior Suites for their separate living rooms and notch above details, such as leather and embroidered silk finishes. It’s worth booking a Club-level room, or even splurging on a separate entrance fee, for access to the Club InterContinental Lounge—where guests are treated to unforgettable breakfasts, afternoon teas and cocktail hours.
You're here because
You’re somewhat addicted to the level of service that InterContinental provides, especially at their Club InterContinental Lounge—where you’ll be welcomed with a drink at check-in; have a personalized concierge; and even be able to shower post-flight if you arrive early.
There’s something about a terrace in London that feels so very…London. At Theo’s, the hotel’s al fresco restaurant, the only thing you’re enjoying more than your view over the Royal Parks is your peach Theo’s Bellini…reportedly a favorite of Princess Diana.
Restaurants & Bars
Alex Webb on Park Lane - A gastronomic journey with an inventive and surprising menu characterized by clever and creative flavor combinations.
Theo Randall at The InterContinental - The capital’s best Italian restaurant where Chef Theo Randall carefully blends the best local ingredients with hand-picked Italian imports to create rustic fare that continues to attract rave reviews.
Number One Park Lane Alpine Chalet - A terrace restaurant transformed into a Swiss-inspired winter chalet – perfect for a cosy dinner and drinks in Mayfair this season.
The Arch Bar - A sophisticated location in the heart of Mayfair for pre or post dinner drinks, celebratory Champagne or a discreet meeting. Delicious coffee or an eclectic cocktail combined with the views over Green Park make the unique space an enviable destination in the city.
The Wellington Lounge - An ideal meeting place for an early morning coffee and pastries, famed afternoon tea or an all-day menu featuring classic seasonal dishes.
Between Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park in the buzzing heart of Mayfair, just one block from Apsley House museum—a Georgian-era estate stocked with Old Masters, from Caravaggios to Titians.