The Lounge has a 7-metre-long green velvet sofa, made bespoke by Sheffield-based designers 93ft.
More bohemian than nearby Mayfair or Kensington, Paddington and Marylebone tend to inspire a look that’s considered but not flashy.
The Lounge is the hotel’s social heart, straddling the boundaries between a restaurant, cocktail bar and drawing room. Unmistakeably British in character, it showcases furnishings made from materials that have stood the test of time, now revived and repurposed by expert hands. Mid-century modern furniture sits alongside chevron parquet flooring, a velvet banquette and a bar with a top cut from racing-green marble. The cuisine nods towards Paddington's relationship with the city and the wider world, with British charcuterie from Cannon & Cannon of London’s Borough Market, a dahl of the day inspired by the flavours of India, and pork-belly ramen that acknowledges the city’s ties with the Far East. Downstairs by the entrance, there’s also an elegant, vintage-styled café with exposed-brick walls, parquet flooring and supple leather banquettes. The hotel has had their own bespoke blend of coffee made, which is best accompanied by one of their flaky pastries or aromatic cinnamon buns.
Like so much at the hotel, the bar is bound up with the idea of a journey – fitting when it sits so close to the station. For their cocktail offering, they’ve partnered with some of world’s best-loved cocktail bars, who are pre-bottling their signature drinks exclusively for the hotel. For a taste of Athens, try the Reverse Martinez, which hails from the Greek city’s renowned Clumsies bar. A reimagining of the drink that inspired the Martini, this fine-tuned tipple muddles rose vermouth with gin, maraschino liqueur and bitters.
Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am in the Lounge; the café opens at 6:30am and serves until 4pm; drinks flow from 12 noon to 11pm in the bar.
There's no room service, but you'll find a list of pantry snacks in the Lounge.