01 NEO-VICTORIANA CHRISTMAS
No 41 Buckingham Palace Road has a storied past. The site was once part of the grounds and stables of a former house owned by the Earl of Mulgrave, a man so haughty that he was nicknamed ‘Lord Allpride’. The property would change many hands as time went by. In the Victorian era, it became the linen-drapery emporium that was John Parton & Son, where all kinds of haberdashery, including butter muslin for cheese curd makers, patterned netting for parlour windows and fan spread knitting patterns, were sold. By the end of the century, No 41 had transformed into a ladies’ outfitters and, later, the office of one C Vandyk Ltd, photographers.
No 41’s Victorian owners may well have inspired the interior of its current embodiment as the exclusive Hotel 41. The luxury boutique hotel goes by a decidedly striking neo-Victorian black and white theme, and all rooms include luxurious Savoir beds. No two rooms, however, are quite alike in décor. The Executive Suites include a lounge that also serves as a dining or meeting room, and comes with your own daytime personal assistant. Three Junior Suites offer split-level accommodations and the glass-roofed Master Suite remains inspired. Some rooms come with open fireplaces but all have discerning touches such as fresh fruit and flowers, scented candles and rich mahogany furniture.
Beyond that, impeccable service sees two staff to every guest and an intimate executive lounge done up in the style of a Victorian parlour. Upon check-in, guests can indulge in a glass of champagne in the lounge and, later, enjoy all-day dining as well as complimentary treats and drinks. When it is time to leave, guests have a wonderful send-off pack with fruit, a bottle of water and the famous rusks by the Co- Founder and President of the hotel, Mrs Tollman.
Hotel 41 is also unique in that pets are welcome, with a personal pet concierge to ensure all of Rover’s needs are met. Upon check in, your pet will receive a welcome hamper of a toy, a treat and a 41 tag. Rooms have special 41 pet beds, food and water bowls, pet menu and turn down treat.
From now until the 22nd of January, Hotel 41’s Magical London celebrates the best of Christmas and New Year’s in the city. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate on arrival, a festive afternoon tea for two, a special turndown treat and a full English breakfast daily. Guests staying on Christmas Eve will also receive a Christmas stocking bursting with surprises while a Christmas Tree awaits in every suite.