It’s somewhere I’ve walked by numerous times, but now I know what’s lurking inside 30 Portman Square it’s somewhere I’d definitely recommend as a more luxurious spot to stay in the city.
The rather austere-looking building is home to the five-star Hyatt Regency London The Churchill, named and decorated in honour of the former Prime Minister.
Not only does the place boast a prime location – around the corner from Marble Arch tube station and Hyde Park – it also serves up top notch service and delicious food, with a Michelin star restaurant on site.
The moment you step into the Hyatt Regency, it has that wow factor, with giant chandeliers, lashings of marble, polished floors and attentive members of staff zipping around.
I checked in on a Sunday evening and it was bustling in the run-up to Christmas, understandably so with its proximity to Oxford Circus.
Despite it being busy, check-in was swift and I was directed to a king room on the second floor, overlooking the garden square outside.
I loved the neutral decoration in the hotel corridors, with it having a simple yet refined edge.
On walking into the room, it instantly had a luxurious yet cosy feel, with soft lighting and warm hues.
It was well-appointed with a huge bed, desk area and wardrobe.
In the bathroom, there was a large marble sink, a tub, shower and a heated toilet with lots of buttons to experiment with!
The TV proved easy to use, as did the bluetooth sound system.
Next to the bed, I discovered a little package with a range of sleeping aids. There was a bag to put my phone in – to prevent me from checking it in the night – some soothing tea bags and soothing sleep sticker.
It was a fun idea but I couldn’t help but think the money in producing these things could be used elsewhere, and I never got around to using the phone sleeping sack or sticker.
After a quick shower, using the delightfully citrus-scented Pharmacopia shower products, I hopped downstairs for a pre-dinner drink at The Churchill Bar.
If you’re a Churchill history fan, then you’ll love the Hyatt Regency, with knickknacks dotted around the place – there’s even a statue of him in the lobby!
In the bar, there are various pieces of decor inspired by the man himself and the menu also follows a Churchill theme.
The small bar is a jewel box of a place, with low lighting, velvet upholstery and bottles of liquor acting as the twinkling centrepiece.
I opted for ‘A Beet of Scotland’, which featured a interesting mix of gin, tarragon shrub and beetroot cordial. The piquant drink came sweetly dressed with a strip of tartan and a little beetroot waffle.
The menu explained that the drink was inspired by the fact that Churchill was elected as an MP in Dundee in 1908.
THE MONATGU KITCHEN
I took the red berry-coloured drink though to dinner at The Montagu Kitchen next door.
The restaurant, one of two on the premises, features an open dining / kitchen area giving it a relaxed and informal feel.
The menu has been beautifully curated, with seasonal ingredients shaping what’s on offer.
Our waiter informed us that each dish / drink has been inspired by the National Trust’s Chartwell House and Garden in Kent – Winston Churchill’s illustrious former residence.
To start, we gorged on a delicious fresh loaf with creamy paprika butter on the side.
We also shared a creamy broccoli and courgette concoction, which was divine and had a fun blend of textures.
For main, I opted for roasted portobello mushroom, topped with garden peas, keen cheddar, charred corn and beetroot ketchup, while my friend went for a meaty cut of steamed Brixham turbot, served with Swiss chard, fondant celeriac, razor clams, tomato and grape salad.
On the side, we went for a portion of roasted potatoes and pan-fried spinach.
The flavours were spot on and needless to stay, we polished our plates clean.
As a palate cleanser, we each put in an order for a cocktail. The Montagu Martini, crafted Churchill Craft Gin and Lillet Blanc comes highly recommended.
Our friendly waiter convinced us that we still had room for dessert and we selected a raspberry rose bakewell tart and vegan trio (cashew nut passionfruit cheesecake, coconut macaron, mango sorbet) with seasonal fruit.
As with all of the dishes, our selections were presented like small works of art, with pieces perfectly balanced and angled on chic pieces of crockery.
We soon realised that the cake wasn’t a bakewell as we ordered, and we were told that there had been a mistake in the kitchen and it was actually a slice of egg custard tart.
The egg custard was actually delicious but the waiter still insisted on bringing us the bakewell we’d missed.
After three desserts, we felt positively stuffed but luckily I didn’t have far to go before rolling into bed.
Before hitting the hay, I filled out the breakfast room service menu and the lady at reception informed me that I would be able to request an early serving at 6am, which was great to hear.
I slept like a dream and before I knew it, there was someone at the door waking me for breakfast!
Often with hotel room orders there’s something missing from the sheet, but everything was there as I’d requested.
Begrudgingly, I showered and slipped downstairs to check out.
A stay at The Hyatt Regency London The Churchill ticked all the boxes.
It’s a big hotel (in total, 440 guestrooms, including 50 suites, 273 king and 90 twin rooms) but despite its size, it hasn’t let attention to detail slip.
The Hyatt Regency London The Churchill is located at 30 Portman Square, London, United Kingdom, W1H 7BH
To book a room call Tel: +44 (0) 20 7486 5800 or visit www.hyatt.com