It’s my first time at London Collections: Men, for those who don’t know what it is, it is 4 days of presentations and catwalks throughout the city of London. I was hosted at The May Fair Hotel which is historically known as a hotel where fashionistas and celebrities mix. In the last seven years, it has hosted high profile events such as the London Critics Circle Film Awards, which this year included Kate Winslet and Tom Hardy. The May Fair Hotel also has designers and buyers during London Fashion Week using the hotel for showcasing exclusive fashion events and collections. This hotel is also in the perfect location to access some of the most prestigious streets of London to shop for the latest trends.
The May Fair Hotel London is owned by the Edwardian Group London. It is one of the UK’s largest, privately-owned companies which has been developing luxury hotel and hospitality brands since Jasminder Singh OBE began his career within the hospitality industry in 1975 forming the beginnings of what would subsequently become EGL.
Located at Stratton Street London, The May Fair Hotel is set in the heart of one of the most enviable addresses in the world. This hotel is close to Green Park where you can walk through to Buckingham Palace and admire London’s most famous building. It is also perfectly located for the luxury fashion choices of Bond Street, the tailors of Savile Row for a new bespoke suit, and the high end the luxury grocery Fortnum & Mason, a must treat for tea lovers. The endless access to Oxford Street, Regent St, Piccadilly Circus and famous Theatres is why the May Fair Hotel is the place to stay. One thing is certain, there are never enough minutes in the day to enjoy everything available to you, both in and around the hotel.
The May Fair was first opened by King George V in 1927 and offers over 400 luxury hotel bedrooms, including 12 of the capital’s most memorable hotel suites, a discreet spa, a fine-dining restaurant and it even houses a casino and cinema. However, it has had a recent make-over and it has to trend the latest interior designs and colours. I noticed the military green and the fabric velvet at the May Fair Hotel, and both of these are showing up in the latest menswear collections in both London and Paris. This highlights that the May Fair blends the tradition of an old building with the latest interior designs.
I had a jam-packed schedule ahead of me and I needed a space that would allow me to completely relax and turn off, this is exactly what I did when I stayed in one of the Studio Suites at the May Fair hotel.
Walking into the lobby area is a little surreal. I had heard so much about the prestige surrounding the hotel before visiting so it was almost like seeing a famous person; it felt rare and exciting. The staff were exceptionally welcoming and really added to the relaxed and high-class atmosphere.
The May Fair Bar
The May Fair Bar has just had a luxurious transformation making it a great place to have a drink after work for those working in the Mayfair area. It is certainly a place to show your personal style and if cool hunting is what you do, then this is your place. The bar is not intimidating at all and with its latest interior makeover, it is a perfect place for guys to chill and show off your latest gadgets too. I like the electric blue-lit bar which really stands out in the evening.
One concept that is trending in the world of luxury is the sharing of plates and having brunch until 4 pm. This is a fabulous concept as you can explore tiny bite-size cuisines and test out what the Mayfair Hotel has to offer regarding food.
With the ban on smoking inside and also a decline in smoking, it is nice to see that there are still some upscale smoking rooms where you can buy and enjoy a nice cigar. The May Fair Hotel is the perfect place to smoke a cigar due to its history and a great place for the male peacocks to distress after business. Come here with your clients or celebrate a closed deal with your colleagues. If you don’t smoke you can still enjoy the setting and its cosy fireplaces with a drink.
The Studio Suite
I stayed in one of the studio suites and as I entered the room, I was presented with a large space with almost a living room feel. The velvet sofa created a relaxed feel and created the boundary between a sleeping area and a living area. Placed casually in front of a massive television, this sofa quickly became my favourite spot to relax and watch some TV. To the right of the TV, there was a glass desk where I was able to set up my portable office and work from my room if needed. The living area was filled with some beautiful details from the brown wooden coffee table, which is another colour trending for 2016.
The mix of different materials showcased in this room from wood, to velvet and leather gives you a taste of the latest concepts regarding luxury interior design. The bed linen was beautiful, the mattress was firm and had plenty of pillows. It was a place to reflect what I saw on those catwalks for men whilst soaking up an array of many shades of green within this room.
Now I’ll shift my attention to the bathroom. Again, upon entry you’re greeted by a large space which is rare in a hotel room. You’re often confronted with a small space and not much room to settle in with your belongings. I certainly felt a theme of ‘space’ in my living quarters.
Breakfasts in hotels are notorious for being boring, lacking quality and just a poor experience. The May Fair made a conscious effort to make sure this stereotype ends after a stay. With an array of foods from smoked salmon to prosciutto, there was something for everyone and done in style. Their smoothies are a great way to get you going for a hard day’s work and in my case more presentations and catwalks.
My stay at The May Fair hotel certainly lived up to its name, I went in with high expectations and they were certainly met. The quality and design of the room were perfect and opulent in a modern way, this was met with excellent in house hotel facilities, service and overall cutting edge design. The location of the hotel in the heart of Mayfair is perfect for exploring the best London has to offer.
- Room reviewed: Studio Suite
- Website: www.themayfairhotel.co.uk
- Address: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LT
- Tel : +44 (0)207 769 8200