The Cavendish – First Impressions
A short walk from the hustle, bustle and retail paradise of Regent Street brings us to the entrance of The Cavendish, a chic four-star boutique hotel tucked behind Fortnum & Mason on a quiet corner of Jermyn Street. The address couldn’t be more stylish, with Fortnum & Mason (aka, “The Queen’s Grocer”) just opposite and the ever-fabulous Royal Academy of Arts just around the corner. As we enter we’re greeted by the scent of fresh lilies and orchids displayed throughout the lobby – a nod to the hotel’s green credentials – and genuinely warm reception staff. (No surprise to learn, then, that The Cavendish is the only UK hotel to make the Sunday Times’ list of the 100 Best Small Companies to Work For).
The Cavendish – Room With a View
The first thing we notice when we push open the double doors to our penthouse Westminster Suite (apart from its size – if only our flat were so spacious!) is the view. A wall of windows overlooking the London Eye and Houses of Parliament offers a vista clear across London to the Gherkin and the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. The sitting room is decked out with a flatscreen TV, cool leather furniture and a Bose iPod dock, with homely touches like a selection of glossy magazines and a Nespresso espresso machine thrown in for good measure.
The Cavendish – All in the Details
The bedroom, too, is sleek and spacious but still cosy with an equally awe-inspiring view and little comforts like Clipper organic teas, shortbread and complimentary bottled water (glass bottles filled on site, so planet-friendly, of course). I fall in love immediately with the deep soaking bath, oversized shower and his-and-hers vanities. Luxe toiletries from Taylor of Old Bond Street are the perfect way to indulge in the tub.
The Cavendish – Think Globally, Eat Locally
The Cavendish’s Petrichor restaurant specialises in modern British cuisine with a sustainable twist – indeed, it’s received three gold stars from the Sustainable Restaurant Association and the name itself refers to the scent of rain on the earth after a dry spell (how lovely is that?). The wine list is helpfully divided into tasting categories, and we opt for a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc from the “juicy, fruit-driven and ripe” section. Next up are our locally sourced menu selections: for me, Jerusalem artichoke and cheese tart followed by mushroom gnocchi in a sinfully rich black truffle sauce; for him, chicory and feta salad and a Shropshire mutton hot pot (bonus points for presentation in a cool black crock on a rustic slate board).
The Cavendish – Stylish Surroundings
The service is exceptional (friendly and attentive but never rushed), and after the meal we linger in the dining room – done up with Gaugin-style jungle paintings, long ecru banquettes and chic red velvet chairs – over a couple of espressos. While we opted for a late dinner, it’s also the ideal spot for a pre-theatre meal; full English breakfasts and other a.m. classics are also served here each morning.
The Cavendish – Don’t Leave Without
Sharing a cocktail – or two! We sipped a sophisticated champagne concoction called the Dark Side, expertly mixed by Warryn in the Lobby Bar (think muddled blackberry, Chambord and a generous pour of bubbles). As a lover of all small bites and nibbles, I was also enamoured with the Olive Menu, featuring an array of gourmet varieties, from kalamatas in rosemary-infused olive oil to Moroccan-style with coriander.
The Cavendish – Catch Royal Wedding Fever
Want a front-row seat for all of Kate & Wills’ nuptial pageantry? The Cavendish is less than a 10-minute walk from the procession route along St. James’ Park and the perfect base to soak up all of the excitement in the capital. Classic rooms on the big day, 29 April, are just £199 including breakfast in the Petrichor. And throughout wedding week (Monday 25 April through Monday 2 May), the hotel will be offering a special “Taste of Royal Tea” in the Lounge, including scones, finger sandwiches, cakes and truffles for just £15.
The Cavendish – Go There!
Prices start from £159 for a Classic Room, £324 for Junior Suites and £424 for Penthouse Suites. Visit thecavendish-london.co.uk for more details and to book.