A Bit of History
The building hosting the London Marriott Hotel County Hall is an absolute landmark. Set in the country’s political heartland, its vaulted ceilings and listed wood paneled chambers have witnessed many important moments of London’s history. Opened by the Royal family in 1922, the building served as the former London County Council until becoming a hotel in 1998.
The hotel recently underwent a multi-million pound transformation and has been refurbished in a quintessentially British in style, combining contemporary hotel design and luxurious functionality. All 206 rooms have been specifically designed to reflect the building’s incredible history and tell the story of its iconic setting.
All 12 luxury suites in the hotel are River Thames facing, which gives them amazing views across London. Seven of these are balcony suites, each featuring a private balcony for guests’ uninterrupted viewing pleasure.
Silver Lining Service
The London Marriott Hotel County Hall has recently announced the hiring of the world’s first Meteorologist in Residence, Senior Meteorologist Kirsty McCabe, who currently presents on Sky News. Spurring on Britain’s favourite topic of conversation, Kirsty will make sure that guests never find themselves closed within a museum while there are blue skies and sunny outside, or at the top of the London Eye shrouded in fog.
Under Kirsty’s watch, the hotel has also launched its Silver Lining Package – a weather reactive service for guests staying in the hotel’s premier suites, meaning that the rooms will respond, in real time, to the conditions outside.
The Silver Lining Service is now exclusively available for those booking a suite at London Marriott Hotel County Hall until mid-November 2017 at an additional cost per night.
During our many walks over Westminster Bridge, we often found ourselves wondering what an amazing view there must be from that hotel that faces directly onto the London eye. When we found out about the London Marriott Hotel County Hall’s new silver lining service, we couldn’t help but to go find out ourselves!
We checked in into one of their beautiful balcony luxury suites, where we could basically touch the London Eye from our balcony, hear the applause from The Globe and use Big Ben as our alarm clock!
There was a beautiful sunshine outside, so Sara decided to go for the Sunshine Ready manicure as suggested by the silver lining service, while I preferred a neck and shoulders massage as I had the feeling that it was going to rain later in the evening (and I was right!). After this relaxing experience, we were absolutely ready for dinner in the Gillray’s restaurant.
The restaurant is named after James Gillray, a famed caricaturist of the late eighteenth century. The restaurant and bar reflect the political history of the County Hall’s past, and the intelligence, style and humour of the English personality.
As for mains, I couldn’t help but order the 400g T-bone as meat is the speciality of the house, while Sara order the catch of the day with a delicious roasted field mushrooms & thyme.
We were really full and happy about our delicious meal, so we headed off to our room for a drink on the balcony before going to bed.
It is no secret that breakfast is our favourite meal of the day, but when it comes with a balcony view over the London Eye and Big Ben it becomes absolutely special.
It was really a shame for the wind and the rain, but nonetheless the view was amazing and the tourists waving to us from the capsules put us in such a positive mood!
After our lovely breakfast, it was time for us to head home. Thank you London Marriott Hotel County Hall for the amazing stay, now we will always know who to ask when we need tips on where to go when the sun is shining or when its raining cats and dogs!