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Short stay: The Cavendish, Mayfair, London, UK

I recently had the pleasure of staying at The Cavendish, a four-star hotel in London which can be found on Mayfair’s Jermyn Street which runs parallel to Piccadilly, and is close to West End shopping and theatres. Built as a hotel in the 1830s, it has served as a hotel for most of the last 200 years and was purchased by The Ascott Ltd. in 2012, having undergone a succession of notable owners during the last two decades (Granada, De Vere and Ellerman Investments, owners of The Telegraph Group). The welcome I arrived in the evening and was welcomed at a spacious and modern reception desk where I was kindly informed that I’d been upgraded to an Executive Room. Check-in was swift and efficient without being overly-formal. Planning to go for a quick run before dinner, I checked when the restaurant closed for last orders – the slightly earlier time of 9.30pm on a Sunday evening, which gave me just enough time. The room My Executive Room on the twelfth floor had a King-size bed, Samsung TV, Bose docking station, Nespresso machine and writing desk from which to work. Free WiFi is available and reading material included ELLE magazine and Revolution. cavendish-executive-room cavendish-desk cavendish-nespresso A chaise longue, chair and table in one corner of the room offered a small area in which to relax. cavendish-table The room looked out towards a number of notable landmarks on the horizon such as the ‘Walkie Talkie’, the Shard and the London Eye, shown here just after sunrise. cavendish-view The bathroom The bathroom consisted of a bath and separate shower, hand basin, towel rail and WC. cavendish-bathroom Bathrobes were supplied as were Noir toiletries. cavendish-toiletries The facilities I dined at the hotel’s Petrichor restaurant on the first evening of my stay, and found the staff there to be very attentive. My starter was a pan-fried crab cake with a green apple jelly, avocado and chilli salsa, and micro leaves. The sweetness of the green apple jelly really came through and complimented the dish rather well. cavendish-crab-cake My main was the pan-fried Norwegian cod fillet with a lemon and chive mash, sautéed beets (samphire), baby artichokes, mussels and sesame seeds, with sides of spinach and leaf salad with pomegranate. The fish was succulent and with a beautifully crisp and crunchy skin, whilst the lemon in the mash gave the dish quite a tangy twist that I really enjoyed. cavendish-norwegian-cod My least favourite course of the three was a rhubarb cheesecake, rhubarb jelly and shortbread crumbles which for me was a little underwhelming yet nicely presented. cavendish-rhubarb-cheesecake Other nice touches A card was laid on the bed each evening, along with a copy of the Evening Standard, outlining all the extras that could be provided without charge – anything from shaving kits to shoehorns. Many of these items could be found in the room already but I was to just ask the housekeeping team if I needed anything. Cost Classic Double rooms start from £189, including breakfast. Executive King rooms, as you see presented here, start from £239, including breakfast. The best bit Although the hotel has much to praise, possibly one of its biggest assets is its location. One of the entrances is directly opposite Fortnum & Mason and there are many upscale, designer shops in the immediate vicinity. It is just a stone’s throw from Green Park and Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster, the National Gallery and many of London’s theatres are all within easy walking distance. The final verdict The Cavendish is a centrally located hotel in a prestigious area within the capital.  It is exceptional for a four star hotel and very affordable for a good quality, well-positioned London hotel. Disclosure: Our stay was sponsored by The Cavendish.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Olivier… thanks for dropping by. And yes, the location is very good. I haven’t stayed in (or seen) the standard rooms, but reading online reviews it sounds like they are quite small. If you can afford it, I would guess it’s worth going one or two room categories up if you enjoy a little more space.

  2. I’m surprised how affordable the Cavendish is with a Classic Double room from £189, including breakfast!
    It looks great and I might just treat myself on my next London visit.

  3. I have stayed at this hotel about four or five times and love the location and find it mostly acceptable BUT in one major area. The London View side overlooks Tramps nightclub on Jermyn Street which is open weekends and sometimes during the week. When Tramps is operating, their clientele stand in the alley behind the hotel shouting and drinking all night until 5:30-6:00 am. The only time that was not happening was during Tramps two year renovation. The hotel mostly denies this is happening but I spoke at length with a staff member who finally admitted it is an on going problem. You absolutely cannot go to sleep the nights that Tramp’s is in operation. Why doesn’t the hotel call the police every night until Tramps makes adjustments, i.e. security in the alley to disperse people and the behavior. I am originally from London and people ask me all the time to make hotel recommendations. I would love to recommend this hotel but cannot due to this problem A hotel’s main service is to provide a good night’s sleep which they cannot guarantee

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