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Eating in your hotel isn’t the cop-out it used to be. Staying in could really be the new going out. By Rachel Truman
This hotel exudes the kind of low-key, cool urban charm that could only belong in Shoreditch. And while Hoi Polloi may be a haven for hipsters, it’s also a seriously good eating spot. Dishes are refreshingly unpretentious with a nod to trendy ingredients. The killer cocktails are another good reason to bed down for the night. Rooms from £160.
Best bite: Balance out that healthy superfood salad with a heady dessert cocktail.
Experience the days when train travel was glamorous at King’s Cross station’s revitalised Great Northern Hotel, with its ravishing rooms and seductive restaurant Plum + Spilt Milk. Amid the glinting glass lamps and decadent leather banquettes, the modern British menu bursts with seasonal and regional produce. Rooms from £227.
Best bite: The signature milk pudding is a beautiful thing.
As you’d expect from a Terence Conran establishment, Boundary on Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street is big on style: rooms and loft suites are each inspired by a designer or type of design. Head to the basement for irresistible provincial French cooking in a convivial atmosphere. Finish with a digestif on the rooftop bar. Rooms from £190.
Best bite: Romantic dinner à deux? Entwine forks over rib of beef or roast sea bass.
Sea Containers, the über-gorgeous restaurant in the South Bank’s hot new hotel, takes design inspiration from transatlantic liners. The cuisine straddles the Atlantic too, and the bedrooms are elegant. There’s even a Curzon cinema in the hotel. Rooms from £254.
Best bite: The bottomless brunch on the weekends.
Jason Atherton (pictured) may be opening restaurants apace, but it’s still hard to bag a table in his eateries. Guests at Fitzrovia’s London Edition, however, can be pretty sure of a seat in his glamorous Berners Tavern. The grand, painting-clad dining room is a wonderful space to lose an afternoon enjoying the Michelin-starred chef’s playful take on British classics (pork pie, prawn cocktail and roast chicken, to name a few). Rooms from £295.
Best bite: Egg, ham and peas, a delicious spin on an Atherton classic.
For a super-luxe experience, check into prime Park Lane spot The Dorchester, home to French chef Alain Ducasse’s triple-starred London restaurant. The contemporary French cuisine is intricate, refined and luxurious. There’s a nod to British ingredients, but no mistaking that this is French fine dining. The dining room is chic and light and the wine list weighty. Rooms from £468.
Best bite: Seasonal tasting menu – a tastebud tour of all that is delicious about summer.