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OVERVIEW

This hugely stylish, purpose-built hotel is a welcome addition to the Westminster area. Much of the attraction comes from its club-like atmosphere, with the restaurant and bar only being open to residents, but also from its small scale and thoughtful design - making it a real find.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Just around the corner from St James's Park and Buckingham Palace; Wellington Barracks, home of the Foot Guards, is also very near. There are numerous shops and cafés on and around redeveloped Victoria Street, while Tate Britain is only a 20-minute walk away. Aside from Tate Britain, head to the Queen's Gallery with exhibits from the Royal Collection. For a great bakery, try Royal Artisan on Petty France.

By car: the hotel is over 4 hours from Manchester and 2.5 hours from Bristol. Parking costs £44 per day.

By train: St James's Park tube is two minutes' walk away. Victoria station is ten minutes by taxi. Book trains to London.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Behind the discreet entrance of the slick grey-brick exterior, The Guardsman doesn't attract attention - in a good way. Designs feature a bold Modern British style with a touch of Art Deco, while the inviting drawing room and library have Persian rugs and bright furnishing; there are books everywhere, many of a political nature.

THE FACILITIES

As this is a fairly small hotel, facilities are limited, for instance, there is no gym on-site, but guests can go for a workout at Gymbox on Victoria Street. The lobby reception is nicely understated and doesn't feel as though you are checking into a hotel but rather a private club.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The hotel's rooms come in five delightful categories and six larger residences, which offer small dining areas and kitchens and some have a balcony. Bedrooms are both imaginative, roomy and hi-tech, and the black and white bathrooms are a treat.

Room types: Single Room, Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Executive Room, Guardsman Room, Residence

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, coffee-making facilities, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The cosy restaurant is lined with both traditional and modern portraits and prints, and the Art Deco-style bar is reached down a winding open staircase. The menu is modern British with dishes such as Camden Hells beer battered cod or spiced Cornish crab. They do lovely à la carte breakfasts too.

The Dining Room: British cuisine, locally sourced ingredients. All-day menu, open daily. Mains from £15.

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