Near Portman Square and Hyde Park is The Thistle Marble Arch Hotel, a beautiful property in a great location. The property’s public areas are immaculate and it’s two signature gathering spaces are The Lounge and Glen Miller Bar, both of which provided excellent experiences without the trappings of typical hotel bars–bland drinks, overpriced and served in even blander environs.
The Lounge is located in the main lobby and offers a wonderful afternoon tea service. If you’re at all concerned that the service caters to middle-age matrons, don’t be. It has a light menu if you’re not a big tea fan and the interior definitely has a masculine vibe to it.
The Glenn Miller Bar, named after our very own jazz legend, also has a masculine vibe and great drinks. The bartenders were affable and offered much-valued advice on bars and restaurants frequented by locals. I also liked the range of customers all enjoying themselves before dinner–business people, a couple of media types, and visitors staying for a few days before traveling onward to Canada.