The Guardsman resort is an unusual-looking purposed-built piece of grey-bricked structure primarily based in St James. I’m not positive whether it is extremely forgettable or just discrete however I walked previous it a few instances till I noticed the plaque with its title in a distinguished golden brass.
On reflection that’s precisely how a non-public members membership ought to be, discrete but distinguished. The Guardsman guarantees precisely that and it delivers it behind its obscure exterior adorned with a brass-like latticework on darkish doorways.
The doorways open to the small dimly lit reception desk and from right here you might be led to the drawing-room.
There are chandeliers overhead, parquet flooring and Persian rugs underfoot, and an array of sofas and armchairs and a good-looking hearth place.
You get to decide on the place you sit, handed a glass of Prosseco to sip when you check-in. All very easily accomplished.
Wooden key playing cards (a nod to its eco-credentials) provide you with entry to the lifts and your room. The resort makes use of 100 per cent renewable vitality to complement that offered by the photo voltaic panels put in on the roof.
These on the lookout for just a little hidden quiet luxurious throughout their keep in Westminster.
There are 53 rooms and 6 residences over 9 flooring – the latter take up the highest flooring. Intelligent ergonomic designs supply a sense of area and subdued colors and marbled partitions within the ensuite create a way of calm.
Our room, 106 on the primary flooring, was spacious and exquisite. An ample dimension mattress, all mod cons and an open plan rest room.
The lavatory comes with underfloor heating – beautiful – and a slick stand-alone bathtub, marble partitions, a bathe moist room and a separate rest room. Plus you get to make use of Noble Isle toiletries. Although the toilet is open plan, you’ll be able to siphon it off with black folding doorways.
Meals & Drink
A part of The Guardsman’s unique nature is that its bar and restaurant, which share the identical area within the decrease echelons of the resort, are usually not open to the general public. Each are reached by way of a surprising spiral staircase. The bar is hemmed in by an virtually shiny green-hued counter, edged by tall gold chrome cushioned stools with excessive backs, whereas the partitions are adorned by interval artworks. The model could be very a lot Artwork Deco, with brass fittings, darkish wooden and loads of eye sweet.
We began on the bar for cocktails after which made our strategy to our desk. We started with tuna and avocado tartare and smoked salmon with cream cheese, each conventional dishes executed effectively. Adopted by Stone bass served on samphire, succulent fish with crispy pores and skin with a dish of triple cooked chips. The Damaged Tart for dessert was a mouthwatering melody of coconut ice cream with pineapple and mango squares doused in mango sauce.
An à la carte breakfast is served within the restaurant too and contains full English (and vegan).
There’s an enormous quantity of leisure available within the drawing-room and the hooked up library on the bottom flooring. It options an eclectic mixture of furnishings together with a deep buttoned couch an identical to the one within the music room of the White Home throughout the Presidency of JF Kennedy as chosen by Jackie Kennedy.
There’s free Wi-Fi all through.
How a lot:
Rooms begin from £250 per evening. The breakfast prices £15.00. The Residences are perfect for households and price from £750 per evening.
What’s close by
The neighbourhood of St James has a way of ritual afforded by its historical past because the seat of presidency for the previous thousand years. The Wellington Barracks, house of the Foot Guards and the Guards Museum is close by, Homes of Parliament and Buckingham Palace are each a brief stroll away, as is the extremely floral (in spring and summer time) St James’ Park.
The resort faces Buckingham Gate and extends down the quieter, extra hidden, Vandon Road.
Customers will be reassured as Harrods is barely a mile away and nearer nonetheless are the London Eye and Trafalgar Sq..
Slick service feels spacious but intimate, and positively a spot for relaxation and leisure in a trendy a part of London.