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Hotel Highlights

  • One of the best addresses in central London
  • Nobu and the Met Bar – two of the city’s most happening venues
  • Pampering Como Shambhala holistic spa

Overview

Since this enviably located Park Lane hotel opened, Metropolitan by Como, London has more than earned its reputation for extravagantly hip urban comfort. With its prime Hyde Park Corner setting, exquisite Japanese food at Nobu and a revamped bar with quite a reputation, the Met has become a byword for stylish stays in the capital.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Metropolitan by Como, London with us:

A bottle of Como wine and a £25 voucher to use at the Como Shambhala Urban Escape spa; guests booking a suite or a stay of three nights or more will also get a bottle of champagne (instead of wine) and a fruit platter

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Metropolitan by Como, London

Plan ahead and save 10%: advance purchase offer

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

144.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $445.13 (£268), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast.

Also

Day-spa devotees can properly pamper themselves at Como Shambhala Urban Escape with one of the vast medley of Asian-inspired holistic treatments, including reiki, Thai massage, reflexology and shiatsu on offer. The newly expanded space features six plush rooms and relaxation zones.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In-room amenities: flatscreen 60-channel TV, CD juke box and film library, DVD player, minibar. All studios and suites have iPod docks and yoga mats.

Our favourite rooms

The choice is between the view over Mayfair or Hyde Park – if it’s city vistas you’re after, plump for a City Studio (which includes a dining table); for gazing at the green, green grass, pick a Park Suite. It would border on negligence not to mention the Metropolitan’s rock-star-ready Penthouse Suite, which, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, boasts one of the most brain-boggling king-of-the-world views in the capital.

Packing tips

Your finest designer threads – being out-dressed by the fashionista clientele is one thing, but being out-dressed by the Armani-clad staff is quite another.

Also

The Metropolitan also has 19 self-catering apartments nearby that can be rented by the week.

Children

Extra beds for under-16s are free. Babysitting can be arranged (minimum four hours; £10–£14 an hour; £14.50 booking fee). Children’s menus are available.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Ever-hip hangout Nobu has a reputation that extends well beyond London. And deservedly too – the world-ranking restaurant is hard to beat either in terms of style or the artistry of its delectable New Japanese cuisine.

Hotel Bar

A decade-old veteran of the London scene, the revamped Met Bar has dropped its longstanding members-only policy and turned up the lights. The long glass wall is clear by day, but turns opaque as night falls to keep things private and privileged. The bar itself is leather-clad lava-stone, surrounded by plum-coloured chairs and butterscotch banquets, and a corrugated cardboard relief depicting dancers ticks the maverick-modern-art box. Cocktails are a highlight – try a 'Storm in a Teacup', a gin/liqueur concoction served in antique china, with a side of Turkish delight.

 

Last orders

Nobu closes its kitchen at 10.15pm on weekdays, 11.15pm on Saturdays, and 9.45pm on Sundays.

Room service

24-hour room-service menu, including Nobu specialties, burgers, sandwiches and drinks.

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Dress code

Papped and pampered A-list.

Top table

Tucked away in a corner by the window – make sure you get a view of Hyde Park.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Italian fine dining and superb martinis are to be had at Brunello at the Baglioni Hotel (+44 (0)20 7368 5700). Lovers of Japanese cuisine should put Zuma on Raphael Street (+44 (0)20 7584 1010) top of their list – and remember to book ahead. The Enterprise on Walton Street (+44 (0)20 7584 3148) is a cosy gastropub serving delicious British fare. Maggie Jones in Old Court Place off Kensington Church Street (+44 (0)20 7937 6462) has been a favourite for years, serving hearty English and modern food at a reasonable price. Their three-course Sunday lunch is filling and fantastic.

Local bars

The infamous Boujis on Thurloe Street (+44(0)20 7584 2000) is where the fashionable Kensington crowd flock. Get past the CCTV door inspection at Apartment 195, hidden away on King’s Road (+44 (0)20 7351 5195), and sip a cocktail on one of the bashed-up leather sofas.

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Pride of park-side Mayfair

Metropolitan by Como, London

19 Old Park Lane, London W1K 1LB, United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airports are London Heathrow and Gatwick. Heathrow is a 45-minute drive, or 15 minutes by train.

Trains

The Gatwick Express operates from nearby Victoria station. The nearest Tube stations are Green Park (on the Jubilee line) and Hyde Park Corner (on the Piccadilly line), both a five-minute walk from the hotel.

Automobiles

You'll find the hotel on Park Lane, with Mayfair to the east and Hyde Park to the west. Knightsbridge and Piccadilly aren't far.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

As we drive down a very pretty Park Lane by night, we pass the lit-up windows of all the grand dames – Grosvenor House, the Dorchester, the Park Lane Hotel… the vanguard of London’s luxury-hotel front line. When we catch sight of the London Hilton, we know we’ve almost reached our destination: the Metropolitan. This decade-old design hotel may not stand head and shoulders …
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Metropolitan by Como, London

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

As we drive down a very pretty Park Lane by night, we pass the lit-up windows of all the grand dames – Grosvenor House, the Dorchester, the Park Lane Hotel… the vanguard of London’s luxury-hotel front line. When we catch sight of the London Hilton, we know we’ve almost reached our destination: the Metropolitan. This decade-old design hotel may not stand head and shoulders above the other bricks-and-mortar boltholes, but its sleek, pale modernist façade exudes an air of contemporary cool absent in the grander classics, ensuring it towers above its peers in the eyes of London’s fashion pack.

We ditch the car outside the hotel’s understated front entrance on a cul de sac, deriving satisfaction from being able to wedge our hybrid Honda in behind a huge Bentley on double yellows, safe in the knowledge that the kindly black-suited chap lurking by the revolving doors will swiftly magic it away to a car park, away from the evil grasp of London’s onniscient traffic wardens.

A brief encounter at reception and a key card is soon in our clutches, so we skip any dithering in the bright, if slightly corporate, lobby and head to our bunk-up for the weekend. We’ve booked one of the super-spacious suites overlooking Hyde Park – and here we discover the hotel’s x-factor. Wow: what a magnificent eyeful of one of the world’s greatest urban parks – green, green grounds as far as we can see. On our far left, we can peer into the Inn on the Park; to our right, the London Hilton, but apart from these peripheral glimpses, it’s pure unadulterated parkland. Who would believe we are only a trot from Hyde Park Corner, an ever-active landmark in one of the buzziest capitals on the planet?

A dimmer switch allows us to take the spotlight off the low-key neutral interior and its simple bleached pine furniture, and in doing so, we whack up the visual volume on the big-screen nocturnal London scene through the grandstand-scale floor-to-ceiling windows. Never has seeing so much traffic been so heart-warming – the bright lights are beautiful. The cherry on the cake is the glittering domed roof of Harrods in Knightsbridge poking out above the trees.

Now for the soundtrack to this filmic vista… Further evidence that all of the room’s audio-visual enhancements are fit for a complete control freak is apparent in the all-entertainment system that exists through the super-smart TV. A prod of a few buttons leads this music-loving Mrs Smith to a music library befitting a hi-tech professional radio studio. After a nostalgic burst of John Martyn’s ‘Solid Air’, I opt for Diana Krall’s ‘A Night in Paris’, and contemplate performing a private burlesque show for one of the guests at a neighbouring window. After a quick game of ‘Can the people in the other bedrooms see us?’ (a childish flashing of undergarments in sync with an up-and-downing of that intelligent lighting again), we execute a whirlwind powdering-of-noses in preparation for dinner in London’s premier see-and-be-seen eaterie, Nobu.

In the late Nineties, the Metropolitan hotel opened to a fanfare of press attention, and provided a steady supply of papped celebs falling through its doors in the wee small hours. Tonight is Sunday, and, without its usual quota of movers, shakers, models and footballers making eyes at one another over cheekily monikered cocktails, the red, modern decor is a shade more Virgin Atlantic airport lounge than legendary boutique hotel bar.

We pop next door to Windows on the World in the London Hilton and indulge in some more panorama guzzling: this hotel bar is legendary for its across-the-capital lookout. After our aperitif, as we traverse the few feet across the pavement back to the Met, I look up and realise, yup, you can definitely see into our suite. What a shame I didn’t pack more Agent Provocateur.

Nobu lives up to all the hype – in fact, even if your hopes are as high as Mount Fuji, the Japanese cuisine in this big-hitting restaurant will surpass every expectation. As we wolf superlative sushi, we can barely be bothered to chat with so much people-watching to be done. But the questions that beg for answers throughout our dinner are: ‘Are the rings on the two older Italian ladies sitting next to us worth more than our flat?’ ‘Is the pretty young thing checking her Blackberry the heiress we recognise from the social diary pages?’ and ‘How does chef Nobu Matsuhisa make blackened cod so darned delicious?’

We poke our noses back in the bar and it’s still fairly quiet, so we return to our vast suite, its minibar and music offerings, all enough to rival any hip hangout. Thanks to a few plum wines, we don’t last long – in fact we a scrawl of the breakfast order and we’re toast. It’s incredible how peaceful these bedrooms are, up above so many red double-decker buses and black cabs bustling below.

In the morning, we have a peek in the breakfast room and are relieved we’d ordered ours in bed. The windowless room is packed and every single person is in a suit, so it was much more romantic to leave things on a croissant-crumbs-on-the-pillow note. In fact, I’d have preferred to depart after a pummel in the hotel’s Asian-themed Como Shambhala Urban Escape spa. (Mmmm… I’ve heard about the signature Como Shambhala Massage developed at the Metropolitan’s award-winning sister hotel in the Caribbean, Parrot Cay. It may be a city stay, but London’s Metropolitan hotel takes its spa-loving guests into serious consideration.) But a girl can’t have everything her way. Much as all Mrs Smiths deserve to of course. So as we walk through those revolving doors to our waiting car, you can be sure my first topic of conversation will be a suggestion for our next trip – wouldn’t Parrot Cay be perfect?

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Metropolitan by Como, London's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the great service and proximity to Nobu, as well as the friendly, attentive (but not overly so) staff.

Rating: 9/10 stars