London, United Kingdom

Como Metropolitan London

Rates from (ex tax)$271.93

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP263.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Zen in the city

Setting

Park-side

With its coveted Park Lane address, the Como Metropolitan London hotel has a well-deserved reputation for cool, urban style and comfort. Light-filled Asian-inspired minimalist rooms all have floor-to-ceiling windows, bright white interiors and views of either Hyde Park or Mayfair. Como Shambala spa specializes in holistic treatments to have you feeling refreshed in both body and mind, Nobu restaurant serves some of the best Japanese food in London and the legendary Met Bar has been revitalized with a hefty dose of trendiness.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

Full English breakfast, £25 Como Shambhala Urban Escape spa voucher and a Como Shambhala gift box; if you’re booking a Junior Park Suite or higher category, you’ll also get a bottle of Champagne on arrival

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

144, including 30 suites.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $271.93 (£220), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP263.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates generally exclude breakfast (£28 a person for a Full English).

Also

You won’t have to go without yoga during your stay: you can arrange a session through the spa, and there’s a dedicated yoga channel on the in-room TVs. Shake, rattle and roll: sign up for a sushi making masterclass at Nobu or a cocktail masterclass in the Met Bar. You’ll be a pro in no time.

At the hotel

Spa, steam room, gym with personal training, free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar with free bottled water, and Como Shambala bath salts.

Our favourite rooms

The bright and light-filled Park Suite has us hooked with its double aspect wrap around windows and Hyde Park views. It also has a dainty private balcony from which to survey your new kingdom; start perfecting one’s wave before arrival.

Spa

The holistic Como Shambhala Urban Escape spa offers a range of treatments to soothe the body, mind and spirit in its six treatment rooms. Choose from massages, including Shiatsu and Thai massage, Dr Hauschka and Perricone MD facials, detoxifying soaks, reflexology and acupuncture. Order a light spa snack from the healthy-conscious Como Shambhala menu, which is available in-room too.

Packing tips

Bring your stretchy zen-master best for in-house yoga sessions, a book to curl up with in your window seat or sofa, and boots made for walking (and rain) to make the most of London no matter the weather.

Also

All public areas wheelchair accessible, thanks to ramps and lifts. Accessible guestrooms are also available.

Pet‐friendly

Small pets are welcome to tag along for free; make sure to pack their kit. See more pet-friendly hotels in London.

Children

The hotel is aimed at an adult audience, but children are welcome. Extra beds for under-16s are free. Babysitting can be arranged (minimum four hours; £30 an hour; £14.50 booking fee). Children’s menus are available.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit at the sushi bar for live action views of the kitchen.

Dress Code

Both Nobu and the Met Bar have see-and-be-seen kind of scenes. Dress accordingly, but don’t let on that you’ve done so on purpose.

Hotel restaurant

On entering Nobu London it’s immediately clear from the buzz that people are enjoying themselves; embrace this as you’re seated by a member of the restaurant’s team after the chef’s welcome shout of Irasshaimase. Ever-hip hangout, Nobu has a reputation that extends well beyond London, deservedly – the world-ranking restaurant is hard to beat either in terms of style or the artistry of its delectable modern Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine. The signature black cod dish is the best in town, and you can’t go wrong with the sashimi or hand-rolled sushi. For mid-week lunches, take advantage of the bento-box special. Guests can enjoy leisurely English breakfasts in the White Room, and there's a variety of health-conscious, superfood-packed light bites, and revitalising drinks on the Como Shambhala spa menu.

Hotel bar

Formerly for members only, the revamped Met Bar still hangs on the some of its exclusive charm; the tables are back-painted glass with golden highlights reflecting the natural light that floods through the glass wall, which is clear by day, but turns opaque as night falls to keep things private and privileged. The resident mixologist shakes up cocktails of both the classic and creative varieties; try the pomegranate, Cointreau and vodka Spring Potion cocktail or the vodka-based Marmaduke Fresh with basil, pear, maple syrup and grapefruit bitters. Order substantial snacking fare that’s perfect for sharing or as a heartier meal, including Angus beef burgers and Thai fish cakes. 

Last orders

The Met Bar is open from 9am to 2am daily; food is served until 11pm. Lunch at Nobu London from noon until 3pm and sup from 6pm to 11pm. Breakfast is served in the White Room from 6.30am to 11am, and the spa menu is available round the clock.

Room service

Order from the room-service menu, which includes Nobu specialties, burgers, sandwiches and drinks, any time of the day or night. A children’s menu is available during the day too, and dishes from the Como Shambhala spa menu can be summoned.

Location

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Address
Como Metropolitan London
Como Metropolitan London Old Park Lane
W1K 1LB
London
United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airports are Heathrow International and Gatwick International. Heathrow is 45 away by car and Gatwick 75 minutes away.

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

Driving in London is not for the faint-hearted, but if your courage levels are up to it, on-site parking is available for your noble steed for £45 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Row, row, row your boat in Hyde Park’s Serpentine, or canter down Rotten Row, on hired steed. Cross your fingers and try to catch a show at diminutive Donmar Warehouse theatre (41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LX); under the artistic leadership of Josie Rourke and executive producer Kate Pakenham, it stages six shows a year. There’s no shortage of shopping in Mayfair; head towards Bond Street or nearby Burlington Arcade.

Local restaurants

Clubby Dean Street Townhouse (69–71 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3SE) serves simple food done extremely well and old-school cocktails. It also offers breakfast, brunch, high tea and nightcaps for the post-show crowds. Stained-glass windowed fixture The Ivy (1-5 West St, London WC2H 9NQ) is an old-school London classic; there’s a glamorous restaurant and private room upstairs, and an impressive central bar downstairs. A recent revamp has the Ivy serving breakfast for the first time in its hundred year history; expect English classics, house-made pastries and classic brunch fare. Cecconi’s (5A Burlington Gardens) in Mayfair, serves mod-Italian classics, including hand-made pasta and seafood; it’s open for pastry-laden breakfasts too. For staunchly British high-end comfort food head to Berner’s Tavern and order the likes of quail on toast with foie-gras parfait, lobster, fish and chips, and classic Sunday roasts.

 

Local cafés

Pimlico gasto-pub The Orange has a seasonally changing menu, but the wood-fired pizzas are always a good bet. Helmed by former Dean Street Townhouse chef Radek Nitkowskir, Cambridge Street Kitchen has an open kitchen, copper-topped bar and on-trend reclaimed wood seating. At lunch, order on piled-high open sandwiches and charcuterie platters from Blackhand in Dalston; at breakfast go for cold-press juices and vanilla-cream-smothered banana pancakes.

Local bars

Libation mastermind Tony Conigliaro dreamed up the bespoke cocktail menu at Seymour's Parlour in nearby Marylebone. The fir-tinged Vallais Fizz is as refreshing as Alpine snow, and Le Sphinx is a crowd favourite, too. Go for the signature rum-laced cocktail at The Henderson Bar and nibble on high-end bar snacks, including roasted almonds, olives and cheese straws to stay ahead of its mighty punch. You’ll find Bar Boulud in Mandarin Oriental’s low-ceilinged basement; New Yorker Boulud hosts informal, themed wine masterclasses on Friday evenings to share his grape-based secrets.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

On arrival in a new city, I love to be driven through it, watching people go by and soaking up the atmosphere. It's a voyeuristic ritual that both calms and inspires as I watch the city unfold in front of me. On this occasion, there was the added anticipation of a weekend break; I could sense the working week drawing to a close, and our excitement and anticipation levels rose as we sped towards the Como Metropolitan London hotel on Park Lane.

As luck would have it, traffic was at a standstill and a detour was needed, so we ended up passing many of the capital’s beautiful landmarks on our drive. We were whisked past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament – the perfect backdrop to our city break. But, the sightseeing didn’t end there: the Como prides itself on having Hyde Park on its doorstep; and so it should, this location is prime London. With autumn in full swing, the park looked just that little bit more beautiful than normal – it was clearly showing off. It couldn’t get any better I thought; only it did once we arrived at our suite. However, I'm jumping ahead – as I said, excitement levels were high.

Walking into the simply styled, minimalist lobby, we were greeted by polite, helpful staff, who escorted us up to our junior suite. We were given an in-person review of the room’s features: a thoughtful (and necessary) touch if, like me, you aren't a natural when it comes to all things tech. Even the many different light switches needed a debrief. As I said, I'm not a natural… Truth be told, neither myself nor Mr Smith (he speaks tech as his second language) could manage to crack the ‘atmospheric lighting’ during our stay; it was either on – bright and bold – or dimly lit by our two tiny, glowing bedside lights.

However, a beauty in itself and indeed successfully used was the 60-inch Loewe TV. It even had its own yoga channel, which got my attention. As space was no issue here, I was almost inspired to unroll my mat and assume the downward dog position. I was good to go. No excuses. However, as is often the case, I was distracted by my next port of call: the minibar. It was impressively stocked, however, we were lucky enough to be given a gratis chilled bottle of sauvignon blanc on arrival – don’t mind if I do…

I’m a creature of habit – when arriving at a hotel, I immediately want to take a bath. Perhaps the room’s restful, lily-white decor was starting to take effect? It was while wandering around in the hotel’s robe, post soak, glass of wine in hand, I had a proper look at the room – and not just the minibar. From our suite’s panoramic windows, you could see Harrods twinkling in the distance. Other than the Queen herself strolling past, I'm not sure the view could be more ‘London’ if it tried.

We headed downstairs to the Met Bar, which used to be a members-only club and the place to be in the 1990s. And again, for its location, I could see why. Yet oddly, it wasn't lively. However, still revelling in our central London getaway we ordered drinks and a snack to kick-start our Friday night. The drinks were good, the service was considered and prompt. After our drink, it was time to go and explore – London was waiting for us. Friday evening was spent peering into the many shop windows, then having dinner at a lovely wine bar.

Saturday started early (and without yoga). Breakfast was in the White Room, so-called as it was indeed white and bordering on nondescript. Perhaps this was done on purpose to let you focus on the food, because breakfast was amazing. I ordered the granola with yoghurt and fruit, followed by eggs and smoked salmon. I promised myself I’d hit the gym or at least fire up the yoga channel later. This may or may not have happened (spoiler alert: it didn’t). Mr Smith, showing his American heritage, ordered Como’s pancetta pancakes. According to him, everything’s better with bacon. He also swore to swing by the gym, and actually did, a little later. We read the papers and planned our weekend. Exhibitions, wanderings and a cocktail or two felt about right; that pretty much summed up our Saturday. 

Without a doubt, Saturday night’s dinner at Nobu, which is housed on the second floor of the Como Metropolitan, was the highlight of the weekend. The restaurant was buzzing with energy. Delicious sushi, crispy rice and cocktails were only the beginning. Mr Smith ordered the signature black cod in miso, which was one of the best dishes I’d ever tasted – I may or may not have stolen a few bites (spoiler alert number two: I did).

Sunday was spent with breakfast in bed, the curtains open, enjoying views of Hyde Park and watching the continual flow of red buses and joggers. I had a spa treatment booked, so in terms of Sunday mornings, it was starting very, very well. I headed to the Como Shambhala spa for an indulgent 60-minute massage. It was over before I knew it, then I floated back to the suite and looked forward to the rest of Sunday. 

We checked out, and headed to Hyde Park. Thanks to Como’s prestigious location, we felt we had done everything we had hoped to during our weekend in London. Everything, that is, apart from yoga…

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 Como Metropolitan London ’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Exceptional staff. Superbly equipt rooms. Wonderful location. Breakfast was perfect. A calmness pervades the hotel and all its staff, making the stay here so different from other high class hotels In London. Spa facility first class. Nobu was a great place to eat. Eat also at the superb Galvin at Windows in the Hyde Park Hilton directly next door to the Como.

Don’t expect

Clutter and lots of people milling around.The atmosphere is chic and discreet.

Rating

Stayed on 3 Jan 2017

We loved

Everything

Rating

Stayed on 3 Jan 2017

We loved

The incredible service we received from every member of staff we met, from the moment we pulled up outside in the car to the moment we drove away. Go to Beast restaurant in Marylebone - amazing steak and crab.

Don’t expect

Anything to be too much trouble!

Rating

Stayed on 27 Dec 2016

We loved

The bed linen, the view over Hyde Park from room 514, the Met Bar, but above all, the wonderful service from Como staff. Plus, this is Mayfair!! Everything you could possibly want in London is in walking distance.

Don’t expect

Not to be made very welcome and cared for.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Dec 2016

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