For me hotels represent who you’re as a personality or a brand. So it only seemed right that I chose to include The Moncalm at the Brewery London City because if its history both regarding beer, amazing chandeliers and Bowler Hats. Set in a former brewery dating back to the 1750s, this upscale hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Barbican Centre and a 15-minute walk from St. Paul’s Cathedral. It is a place that really allows men to showcase their personal style and also their love for meat.
The moment I entered this fabulous historical building I got a sense of nostalgia. I couldn’t help pondering what this building would have been like in its formal glory. The staff who represented many different nationalities instantly caught my eye by their bowler hats. This is what I love when a hotel creates its own unique personality. It couldn’t have been a better match indeed. Throughout the were very large chandeliers everywhere, so make sure to look up at all times. There was a lot of history to the place so also take time to explore and read what is literally showcased on the walls. My favorite was the tapestry wall at the Club Lounge, you get access to this lounge when you book a suite room.
The Barbican Duplex
I stayed at the Barbican Duplex, which is one of The Montcalm at The Brewery London City’s largest suites, as it was set over two floors. The ground floor had a sofa and work area, separated from the bedroom, which was upstairs. As it was London Fashion Week, and I was getting deliveries all the time, this was the perfect space I needed to layout all my clothing for the catwalks. The suite benefits from 18th century styled floor to ceiling windows, and maintains some original heritage features from the Whitbread Brewery era. Whilst I was drinking some prosecco, thanks to the hotel. I thoroughly enjoy meditating on the contemporary amenities which included complimentary wireless and wired Internet access, a 40″ flat screen LCD TV and a private butler service.
The private butler service came in very handy, when my buttons fell off, or being able to explain to them that valuable merchandise was being sent to the hotel. It took a lot of pressure as I had the reassurance that they were working with me on such a set time scale. I also loved the amount of fresh fruit I was given and had access too. Through out my stay I can be so busy I just need to have food available to me to keep me going.
The bed was comfortable and it was really nice to have all my mess tucked away beneath me so I could have a relaxing sleep. The duplex concept is trending more and more and it suits my lifestyle. So for those looking for that extra space, this is worth the extra cost.
The luxurious marble bathroom had an indulgent, deep-soaking bathtub, complete with a Gessi rain shower and Hermès toiletries. My favorite was the clear glass that allowed me to look into my room. I hate dark bathrooms and it was also nice to see that prosecco was there for the taking. This for me was all about luxury and those hidden touches that were exclusive to me and my stay.
What was fabulous that during my stay I had a lot of events in one night. Therefore the hotel organised a luxury car, in this case a Mercedes Benz to drive me around. This was a real treasure and something the hotel always has on offer. So for those going into central London and want a real treat, make sure you book a couple hours in advance.
The Jugged Hare
If you are a lover of everything meat then this is your place to eat. The food and the atmosphere was just really brilliant. There were so many people flocking into this restaurant, so make sure to book in advance. In a nutshell it is a Gastropub with open kitchen, ceramic-tiled dining room with oak floors, and lots of stuffed animals. So it is really for those carnivore lovers.
Game Tasting Board
More so than ever eating has become more than food only, it is all about the experience. In this case, there were no rules when it came to tucking into these rare and organic birds. The idea was that you simply approach eating these animals anyway you like. This was what I loved about The Jugged Hare, the food was of a very high standard but without the intimidation of luxury etiquette. I could clearly see that locals were flocking in and that the environment was fun, loud and very casual. Even if you’re not a big meat eater, this is a dish you must try. There was plenty of good wine to select from and the staff will guide you just depending on your budget and your taste buds. The food was fresh, made from scratch and the chef Steve is experienced in selecting the best when it comes to meat. For me this dish needs to be experienced by a large group looking to be educated when it comes to fine meat eating.
Once again giving the Jugged Hare gave their own signature taste to what is commonly known as the traditional rice pudding. But I have to say, there was nothing common about this. I am a sucker when it comes to anything rice, fresh clotted cream and fresh figs. A real hearty winter dessert.
I like hotel breakfasts where you have the personal option of choosing healthy food as well as that traditional English Breakfast. On this occasion the food choice was endless and it really came down to what I felt like in the morning. A wide selection of fresh juices also were also there for the taking. As it was a dedicated restaurant then there was no compromising on food or beverages.
The Montcalm At The Brewery London City is a hotel that offers so many historical experiences. The old brewery building alone is already a selling point. However you can have the best food, and building but for me it is all about the staff. Thanks for making me feel so welcome and being part of our London Lifestyle and Fashion Week.
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- Website: www.themontcalmlondoncity.co.uk
- Address: 52 Chiswell St, London EC1Y 4SD, United Kingdom
- Phone: +44 20 7614 0100