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When you’re visiting a busy city like London and time is of essence, location is key when it comes to a hotel. And with the Hilton London Metropole just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Street’s shopping, Marble Arch and Hyde Park and trendy Notting Hill and High Street Kensington within easy reach by tube, it really is a great place to prop up your feet at the end of the day and enjoy all it has to offer. In fact, this busy hub of a hotel is like a mini community in itself. That was one of the first things I encountered when checking in. There were throngs of people walking in various directions as they meandered into various shops, grabbed a newspaper from the news stand, popped into the convenience store, headed to the beauty salon, or hurried to the gym for a workout. It was a wonder anyone needs to leave this place once inside I pondered.
The rooms here are comfortable and spacious with some on the higher levels offering awesome panoramic views of the capital like our double bedded deluxe room. I refrained from switching on the television during my entire stay because it was much better to look out of the floor-to-ceiling window watching the world going by than any drama on a black screen. The staying arrangements work incredibility well hell for families and group of friends alike with interconnecting rooms making it easier to go from one to the other.
If like me keeping in shape while away from home lists high on your priorities, you’ll be pleased to know not only has the hotel have a gym but it also has an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room. A perfect pick me up if you’ve been traipsing around London sightseeing. I decided upon using both (to counteract the food and drink I anticipated on having later) and enjoyed a vigorous workout in the compact but well-equipped gym before jumping into the 12.5m pool to relieve those aching muscles.
We all know a good workout stimulates the appetite for food and drink. So seemingly ahead of schedule for my dining booking, my friend Mandy and I decided to head to the contemporary surroundings of the modern Edge bar and lounge. With comfortable beige and yellow sofas and plump armchairs to sink in, it was a great way to start the evening sipping on bespoke cocktails made by the bartender depending on your taste requests. I noted there was an ‘invisible’ pianist in the background too which felt relaxing in between all the chatter of fellow guests.
Alternative drinking holes include a bustling sports bar and a whisky lounge offering an impressive collection of whiskies from around the globe. The room is intimate featuring lighting in the form of suspended whisky decanters and whisky display cabinets framing the venue offering aficionados a full whisky tasting experience which my dad, I thought, would simply love.
Fiamma restaurant is the main room where all the food action takes place from breakfast to dinner. And thanks to the cocktail inducing hunger, I was ready for a feast. The restaurant is decorated in bright, contemporary colours including rich red, cool grey and silver hues which work well from dawn til dusk. The menu offerings comprise of international cuisine with a Mediterranean twist as well as everything else in between from pizzas, pastas and salads.
There really is everything on this menu so whether you’re a meat lover, fish lover or prefer vegetarian food you’ll find plenty of choice. The Fiamma Mixed Grill consisting of chicken shish, lamb cutlet, lamb kofta, salad, flat bread, tomato chilli sauce and tahini looked amazing as the waiter took it to the table next door. Wanting to leave room for pudding I instead opted for the warm Duck and Mango salad complete with a personal favourite of mine chilli dressing. The duck was beautiful and complimented the mango well. The meal was rounded off perfectly with the gluten-free Strawberry and Raspberry Buckwheat Streusal tart. Well I had certainly worked for it!
Where and how?
Rooms at Hilton London Metropole start from £149.00 per night, inclusive of breakfast. For more information visit hilton.com.