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REVIEW: The London NYC

REVIEW: The London NYC

Chic touches abound at The London NYC – and at the London Bar therein

Why stay in a standard hotel room when in New York, when you could indulge in the luxury of a suite?

Absolutely every room in The London NYC is a suite of at least an indulgent 500sq ft. It’s quite a shock if you are used to the cramped spaces you get in most Manhattan hotels.

And these are not just any suites – each of them has been crafted by internationally-renowned interior designer David Collins.

Our living room came with stylish seating and a giant work desk. Certainly big enough for entertaining and a pleasure to have a separate space to work. Plus, of course, an automated mini bar and LCD TV.

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The bedroom is on the same grand scale, the enormous bed with fine Filli d’oro Italian linens and hand-woven throws. Naturally there is another large LCD TV and plenty of hanging and storage space.

High tech expectations are met with an iPod dock and complimentary high-speed wifi.

The two rooms are separated by a gleaming white bathroom suite. No bath, but a long wet-room with two shower heads at opposite ends so two people can shower at once, saving vital New York minutes in the morning.

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Best of all, for the foreign visitor, when you look out of the window you have Manhattan literally at your feet – so you can enjoy the city’s dramatic views.

So why call it the London? This is no themed hotel. In fact the entrance lobby is more a descendant of American Art Deco than a homage to England’s capital. In choosing the name the owners appear to have been thinking of nothing more than internationally-spirited hospitality and cosmopolitan good taste.

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The stylish London Bar does, however, have a gastronomic twist on traditional UK pub food. In particular, the ‘fish and chips’ is proper cod in ale batter served with crispy-coated, English-style potato fries. You can see why America’s greatest British hero, Winston Churchill, called this national dish ‘the good companions’.

You can also order food ‘to go’ from the London’s kitchen. What could be more British than a gourmet picnic with Champagne, finger sandwiches, cheeses, berries, scones and pastries? Central Park is only a few blocks away.

Luckily there is a large gym to burn off those calories. Lots of New York hotel gyms are poky, tired and underground. The London’s is a bright, airy space. Wood and mirror paneled walls surround modern cardiovascular and weigh-training equipment, more than enough to get you through your favorite work out.

The London’s final advantage is location. We found it a great base to walk to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the shops of Fifth Avenue, the shows around Times Square and the LGBTI bars and clubs of Hell’s Kitchen.

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