We’ve been lucky enough to grow up in the amazing capital city that is London. We’re unbelievably biased when we say it’s the best city in the world – even though it is – and we always try and promote it as a top destination for a city break. However, because of this, when people ask us where the best hotels are we often struggle to answer beyond the obvious answers.
So, when The LaLiT London invited us to stay, we were ridiculously excited to experience a night in the city and, of course, finally be able to recommend somewhere in London we’ve actually stayed and enjoyed.
The LaLiT London is a stunning luxury hotel located in the centre of London, right next to Tower Bridge, as well as some of our favourite regular stomping grounds including Borough Market, Flat Iron Square and The Shard.
Even better, because of its great location we were able to jump on the tube straight after work and arrive at The LaLiT London in plenty of time… well, before the main event… dinner.
When we arrived we were taken away by the building itself, it looked like a country manor stuck in the middle of London. Plus, as soon as we walked into reception we could already see the beautiful and intricate decor which runs throughout the whole hotel.
After checking in we were shown to our room. We were staying in one of the Senior Classrooms – all of the names of the rooms in the hotel run along a school theme, it has rooms including the Headmaster’s Room, Laboratories and Teacher’s Room. The room was spacious, beautifully decorated and had an amazing view across Potters Fields Park next door with The Shard in the background.
If we’re honest, our favourite part of the room was probably the bathroom. Now, this sounds a bit strange but bare with us. The bathroom had a huge mirror, waterfall shower head and a special panel which controlled water jets in the toilet – we won’t lie it entertained us for ages – not in a weird way or anything…
Once the novelty of the toilet had warn off we decided to finally get ready – of course, tucking into the complementary bottle of red wine and chocolates – before heading down to the Teacher’s Room for some pre-dinner cocktails and popcorn.
In the evening we had booked dinner at The Baluchi, a restaurant which the LaLit describe as the best pan Indian restaurant in London, and we have to say we agree! The Baluchi serves delicious Indian dishes with a contemporary twist using organic ingredients.
For dinner we ordered the amazing…
- Kebab Platter – kaffir lime chicken tikka, lamb chops and fish tikka
- Bharwan Zucchini – crisp courgette flower, masala soya mince, curried coconut curd and pickled garlic
- Venison – sula spiced venison, quinoa khichdi, yogurt sauce and salsify
- Lamb Rump – corn bread, roasted root vegetables, garlic spinach mash and saffron sauce
- Butter Chicken – old style tandoor roasted corn-fed chicken, tomato and fenugreek sauce
- Subz Biryani – fragrant preparation of basmati rice with vegetables and rose petals
- Burhani Raita – greek yogurt and roasted garlic
- Tadka Dal – tempered yellow lentils, cumin, ginger, tomatoes and green chilli
- Garlic Naan
- Raspberry and Chocolate Tart – with pistachio crumble and raspberry sorbet
- Ginger and Mint Cake – with dark chocolate crumble, berry sorbet and honeycomb
The food was absolutely delicious and even sweeter for us as it truly reminded us of the amazing food we had when we travelled India – the first place we travel together when it was just the two of us.
Now, when dining at The Baluchi you usually sit in The Great Hall. However, on the night we visited The Great Hall had been booked for a company event. The hotel converted the Headmaster’s Room into a restaurant for the evening – it’s usually an extension to the Teacher’s Room bar. The Headmaster’s Room was a great place to tuck into the dreamy Indian food, a Victorian room with the most beautiful mother of pearl ceiling and fireplace. Plus, all was not lost as we still had breakfast in The Great Hall to look forward to!
After an incredible evening sampling fine wine and delicious food it was time to head to bed, or should we say roll back to bed.
The next morning we woke up with the sun shining through the window and a stunning view of the top of The Shard – what more could you ask for on a Saturday morning?! As we were super excited to see The Great Hall in all its glory, it didn’t take us long to jump in the shower and throw on clothes before heading down for breakfast.
The Great Hall is an incredible room with high ceilings, royal blue walls and chandeliers, it is probably the grandest and fanciest room we’ve ever had breakfast in. We can only imagine how magical is it to eat dinner in as well!
For breakfast The LaLiT London offers everything under the sun. You can choose between a classic Indian breakfast of roti, dosas and curry accompanied by a lassi or a classic British breakfast of a full English with tea and pastries. Of course, we opted for the full fry-up with green tea, greek yogurt and fresh fruit.
Once we’d finished yet another delicious meal and ridiculous amount of food we decided to explore the hotel a little more. From the Gymnasium, The Terrace and, our favourite part, The Gallery. The Gallery is located above The Great Hall so you’re able to look down on the stunning room and get even closer to those chandeliers.
The whole hotel is beautifully decorated with authentic Indian art, huge mirrors, lanterns and fresh plants – it’s a dreamy place to be and truly reminded us of our time in India. We would highly recommend The LaLiT London if you’re looking for a unique and different place to stay in London, especially if you love Indian food!
Disclaimer: Our stay and dinner at The LaLit London was gifted to us in exchange for a review. However, everything we have said is completely our own opinion.