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The Connaught
The Connaught
The Coburg Bar
The Coburg Bar
Connaught Bar
Connaught Bar
Aman Spa
Aman Spa
Helene Darroze at The Connaught
The Connaught Grill
Jean-Georges Vongerichten at The Connaught Grill
 

 

Voted the best UK hotel by Condé Nast in 2013, the Connaught hotel has been an integral part of Mayfair grandeur since its opening in 1897.

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The Connaught

This traditional slice of Mayfair grandeur takes its design cue from the English country house.

Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL

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The Connaught in Mayfair was originally intended as an oasis of calm for the landed gentry of England to retire to during their hectic visits to the capital. Little has changed since the opening of the hotel in 1897 - doormen in top hats and white gloves still usher guests into the majestic entrance hall with its magnificent mosaic floor and grand wooden staircase, and the age-old tradition of afternoon tea is still re-enacted daily. The Connaught's Gallery room exudes rich, sumptuous elegance and style and provides the perfect, luxurious setting for afternoon tea which is served. Skip the lifts and enjoy the traditional country house feel of the mahogany staircase that winds up through this grand century-old hotel. The Connaught is a traditional slice of Mayfair grandeur that takes its design cue from the English country house, while offering facilities that are absolutely up-to-date.

 
 
 

Helene Darroze at The Connaught

The tasting menu at this inventive restaurant is a true experience.

The Connaught, 16 Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 

Helene Darroze took over at the two Michelin-starred restaurant at The Connaught hotel in Mayfair following Angela Hartnett's departure in 2007. In autumn 2019, the elegant dining room reopened following a two-month refurbishment revealing lightened wood panelling, curvy pink sofas and "enough pink touches... to make even Barbie blush" - Telegraph . The look, which includes paintings by artist Damien Hirst, has been dreamt up by Paris-based interior architect Pierre Yovanovitch and continues downstairs into the show kitchen which boasts a pink marble topped chef's table for ten. The exceptional food starts with a seasonal consomme, to cleanse the palate, and continues with mains which are chosen by their key ingredient - perhaps pigeon, cep or turbot. They're very particular about provenance (even down to the day boat for fish). Presentation shows Helene's meticulous attention to detail and some of the finest wine in the world are nestled among more than 20,000 bottles in the cellar. Armagnac is a speciality. A Darroze family business for three generations, Helene's brother Marc has been brought in to manage the cellars at this "most old-school of hotels" (Telegraph).

 
 
 

The Connaught Grill

A modern interpretation of a classic grill, reopened in 2020 after a twenty year closure.

Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 

Reopened in 2020 after a twenty year closure, The Connaught Grill is "back and better than ever" (Telegraph) with Jean-Georges Vongerichten in the kitchen. It's his second restaurant at the Mayfair hotel, following Jean-Georges at The Connaught, which opened in 2016. At The Grill, his modern interpretation of a classic grill means langoustines and Dover sole, British game and Wagyu beef are cooked over a wood-burning grill and rotisserie in the open kitchen. The menu at the discrete 46-seat ground floor restaurant is served along with an exceptional wine list drawn from The Connaught wine cellar - some displayed in custom cabinets along the corridor walls before you enter. In the wood panelled dining room, handcrafted American black walnut runs throughout the space showcasing the artistry of George Nakashima Woodworkers. You can see it in the dining booths, the free-form edge tables and chairs, and the magnificent solid back panels.

 
 
 

The Connaught Afternoon Tea

Delicate finger sandwiches are served alongside a wide range of classic and modern teas.

Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 

The Connaught in Mayfair was originally intended as an oasis of calm for the landed gentry of England to retire to during their hectic visits to the capital. Little has changed since the opening of the hotel in 1897 - doormen in top hats and white gloves still usher guests into the majestic entrance hall with its magnificent mosaic floor and grand wooden staircase, and the age-old tradition of afternoon tea is still re-enacted daily. The Connaught's 'Chic and Shock' afternoon tea is served in the Espelette, a pretty room overlooking architect Tadao Ando's water feature. Delicate finger sandwiches are served alongside a wide range of classic and modern teas. Scones come fresh from the Connaught Bakery, and are joined by an incredible menu of over 16 home-made jams and a spread of cakes and pastries. For an extra dash of luxury, opt for the Champagne Afternoon Tea experience. If you're feeling a little over-indulged, then skip the lifts and enjoy the traditional country house feel of the mahogany staircase that winds up through this grand century-old hotel. The Connaught is a traditional slice of Mayfair grandeur that takes its design cue from the English country house, while offering facilities that are absolutely up-to-date.

 
 
 

Jean-Georges at The Connaught

Informal gourmet dining in a relaxed, contemporary setting.

The Connaught, Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 

Opened in late 2016, Jean-Georges at The Connaught offers informal gourmet dining in a relaxed, contemporary setting. Opened by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who has a number of Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, the restaurant overlooks Mount Street and offers all-day dining. The menus bring together dishes inspired by Jean-Georges' experiences of the Far East, with his signature use of Southeast Asian flavours putting a twist on traditional British dishes. Options include parmesan crusted chicken, Cornish lamb chops with mint puree, roasted John dory with a ginger and chilli dressing, and an indulgent cheeseburger with Somerset brie, black truffle mayonnaise and yuzu pickles. For a treat, choose from the selection of caviar dishes or book in for a traditional afternoon tea .

 
 
 
 

Connaught Bar

This award-winning bar is expensive but worth every penny.

Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

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If you're after perfection in a glass in an ultra-stylish location then look no further than the main bar at The Connaught hotel in Mayfair. The bar has been lavished with awards: senior mixologist Erik Lorincz won the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2010 and Agostino Perrone won the International Bartender of the Year 2010 at the Tales of the Cocktail event, New Orleans, where the Connaught Bar picked up the World's Best Hotel Bar 2010 award in the process. The bar also offers a signature serve of whisky and bespoke chocolate tasting to enhance the characteristics of the whiskies. It's not cheap (you won't get much change from £30 for two drinks) but given the shimmering platinum silver leaf décor, the superb individual service and the meticulous attention to detail that goes into everything that you sip, you'll agree that being treated like royalty is money worth spent. What's more, the bar snacks are refilled regularly and come at no extra cost.

 
 
 

The Coburg Bar

A traditional bar with a modern designer twist.

Connaught Hotel, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

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Beyond the doormen in top hats and white gloves outside the Connaught Hotel there are two outstanding bars, the second of which is the swish Coburg Bar, a traditional bar with a modern designer twist. Parisian designer India Mahdavi recently added to the long-standing comfort of the intimate and inviting bar with a few contemporary enhancements. Wood panelled interiors and antique pieces are counterbalanced by modern art works by Julian Opie, plush velvet and leather seats and geometric print carpet. Cocktails are expertly made - an apple martini, for example, uses the hotel's home-marinated cinnamon, pear and apple liqueur. There's even a special Bacchanology menu which provides a history lesson into the origins of each drink on the menu. Granted, it is on the expensive side, but service is excellent, there's a great vibe to the place and the cocktails are scrumptious.

 
 
 

Aman Spa

This Asian-inspired spa provides pampering at its most indulgent.

The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 

The luxury Aman Spa in the basement of the marvellous Mayfair hotel, The Connaught, is the first and only UK spa from the world renowned Aman Resorts. This is five star pampering at its most indulgent. The Connaught is a grand old building which recently emerged from a dazzling £70m-plus refurbishment which included the grand unveiling of the sparkling new spa on 25th November 2009. The spa in the hotel's new West Wing has been kitted out with a sleek Asian inspired interior and Thai silks and spa users have the pool and exercise room at their disposal too. The overall effect is a feeling of being in a unique cocoon. Reassuringly expensive - Aman resorts are famed across the globe for their celebrity clientele - a simple treatment list includes a holistic facial, Oriental oil massage and Chakra balancing treatment. For the ultimate extravagance, there's the Aman Spa Experience - a little pricey at £280 but for that you get two and a half hours of unadulterated bliss. But the real attraction is the way they make guests feel like they're queen for a day - and this is down to the therapists who are not only skilled in beauty techniques but in treating you like royalty too.

 
 
 

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