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Como Metropolitan is the lush hotel for curious Londoners

Maureen Jordan
26 June 2023

IF YOU really want to dive into London life by walking the historic streets of this unique city, basing yourself at a hotel like the Como Metropolitan is a smart move.

Located in Mayfair’s famous Park Lane (which many have tried to ‘buy’ when playing the board game Monopoly), rooms at the “Met,” as it’s affectionately known, have views over the extensive fields of Hyde Park, one of London’s Royal Parks established by King Henry V111 in 1536 for use as a hunting ground. The parklands now form a majestic chain of over 700 acres, where you can stroll, run, cycle, horse ride or even, if you’re lucky, catch a concert — and there have been many held by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Geldorf, Pink Floyd, Elton John and Eric Clapton, to name a few).

Buckingham Palace, the lively Soho, the crowds of Piccadilly and the high-end shops and restaurants of Mayfair are all within walking distance of the Met hotel, while the shops of Oxford Street and the debaters of the renowned Hyde Park Corner are on your doorstep.

While historically well-placed, Como Metropolitan is anything but old fashioned. With its décor tagged as ‘hip’ and minimalist, Como’s rooms are über cool, tech-savvy and bright, aesthetically telling you it’s a new-age hotel experience, while delivering what would be expected of high-end accommodation.

Shopping addicts will love the nearby fashionable shops of Mayfair, Bond Street, Belgravia and Knightsbridge, while the ubiquitous corner pubs are great to frequent when a glass of bubbles or a cool pint break is needed before heading back to Como’s in-house Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Nobu. Nobu is an “in” place for food in London — but best to book in advance if you want to experience the cuisine and ambience of this top-notch eatery and nightspot. Although, Met guests do get priority bookings, just if you need anymore reasons to stay there!

And there are Asian touches from a hotel that had its birthplace in Singapore (Como hotels were founded by Mrs Christina Ong) so the bright white zen-like lobby, the rock garden in the penthouse suite, shiatsu and Thai massages are hardly surprising. A further addition for good food lovers is the healthy in-room dining that includes Shambhala cuisine, which focuses on a menu of raw and cooked ingredients, all inspired by Mrs Ong’s passion for nutritionally-balanced food.

The Met houses 144 rooms, suites and 19 private residences. Click here for more information and booking.

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