London Calling

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Entrance to the Athenaeum Hotel

Entrance to the Athenaeum Hotel

Home Away From Home: Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments

Located in the heart of London on Piccadilly, the Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments offer five-star service with a family-friendly atmosphere. Named a Conde Nast Traveler “top London hotel” five years running, the Athenaeum features 111 guest rooms and 12 luxury suites, in addition to 30 apartments that occupy a row of Edwardian townhouses adjacent to the main hotel.

The Guests
Business travelers and spa day-trippers are constants at the hotel, while families and professionals looking for extended stays wrapped in luxury frequent the apartments. As such the Edwardian townhouse clientele could best be described as both busy and “homey.” It’s not Romper room by any stretch—it’s simply a family-friendly.

The Rooms
Kitchens and individual entrances for maximum convenience and privacy. Rooms and suites provide English elegance coupled with modern conveniences. Reserve a suite overlooking London’s Green Park for best views.

Where To Eat (And Drink)
Leave the kids with the nanny and reserve a table at Bulloch’s Restaurant, which serves “modern British” cuisine with an elegant Mediterranean twist using such ingredients as homemade Italian mozzarella, organic produce and grass-fed Aberdeen Angus beef. The Windsor Lounge, open 24-hours-a-day, offers light meals, cocktails and tea. For rainy London nights (of which there are many), visit The Whisky Bar. It offers more than 250 varieties of the spirit from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, America and Japan.

What to do
Forgo the fish & chips and dig into a body wrap with enzymatic sea mud or a mineral salt scrub instead. The hotel’s spa is run exclusively for Athenaeum guests. For travelers looking to explore the city, the hotel is a short walk from such London mainstays as Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Chinatown and the theater district. Nearby Soho is a cab ride away, where if you know the right people (or you’re a member in New York), you can sample martinis at the exclusive members club, Soho House.

Rates: $515 to $1300 per night for rooms and suites; $870 to $1,300 per night for apartments. For reservations call (800) 335-3300, e-mail or visit

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