Mod-minimalist Como Metropolitan London hotel has enviable Hyde Park views, floor-to-ceiling windows in all of its bright white rooms and Asian- and nature-inspired interiors by Linzi Coppick. Refresh and unwind with holistic treatments at eucalyptus- and lavender-scented Como Shambala spa and limber-up in a yoga session, then eat sushi to your heart’s content at always-on-trend Japanese restaurant Nobu.
Get this when you book through us:
Full-English breakfast, £20 spa voucher and a gift box; if you’re booking a Junior Park Suite or higher, you’ll also get a bottle of champagne
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £339.14, including tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per booking on check-out.
Rates generally exclude breakfast (£28 a person for a Full English).
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. At Nobu, join one of the sushi making masterclasses – with chefs this good, 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.
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.
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.
All public areas wheelchair accessible, thanks to ramps and lifts. Accessible guestrooms are also available.
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.
Sit at the sushi bar for live action views of the kitchen.
Nobu has a see-and-be-seen kind of scene. Dress accordingly, but don’t let on that you’ve done so on purpose.
Ever the hip hangout, Nobu London has a reputation that extends well beyond the city limits. The world-ranking restaurant is the go-to spot for modern Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine, and the signature black cod dish is the best in town. Helmed by leading British chef Colin McSherry, Gridiron is the hotel’s grill restaurant, where ethically-source meat, native fish and succulent vegetables are prepared over leaping flames. Specialities include grilled squid with roast cod and girolles, pig cheek popcorn and wood-roasted scallops, which are best paired with a bottle from the sommeliers ‘under the counter’ selection. Guests can also enjoy leisurely English breakfasts in the White Room and superfood-packed light bites from the Como Shambhala spa menu.
Cocktails, fine wines and bar snacks are served in the Lobby Lounge.
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.
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.
Como Metropolitan London is in the heart of the British capital; it’s bang on Park Lane, overlooking Hyde Park.
The nearest airports are Heathrow International and Gatwick International. Heathrow is 45 away by car and Gatwick 75 minutes away.
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.
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; 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.
Clubby Dean Street Townhouse 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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…