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October 1, 2013updated Feb 14, 2014

On the Scene in London

By Chris Boyle

LONDON SUITE / GROSVENOR HOUSE APARTMENTS BY JUMEIRAH LIVINGA hotel built just for you, or a private residence you don’t have the hassle of owning? At Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living it can be tough to tell, but there is one thing that remains certain: No matter how you choose to define it, the elegant and thoroughly modern property’s new London Suites (about $6,360 to $10,042 a night) sit at the pinnacle of their namesake’s luxe living options.

Boasting tranquil views of either Hyde Park or the stunning Mayfair rooftops as well as expansive, sleekly appointed spaces that measure over 2,400 square feet at their largest, these unique residences are as inviting as they are secure, buffered from outside interruptions thanks to in-suite check-in, fast-track customs service, and a private bar.

Grosvenor House Apartments lives up to these lofty standards in its public spaces, such as the glass-canopied Atrium, where guests of the hotel can meet for an array of dining and relaxation options, and a full-service fitness facility stocked with the latest Technogym equipment.

Pair all that with signature At Home services, providing everything from in-residence office setups and massages to a fridge full of your favorite foods, and it becomes clear that Grosvenor House Apartments requires a classification entirely its own.

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A stone’s throw from Parliament and Big Ben, InterContinental London Westminster—the brand’s first London opening in 36 years—is a landmark among landmarks, blending into historic surroundings with its own unique past.

Located in a renovated townhouse, the hotel unfolds intimately with classical design cues and modern amenities, both of which make the Penthouse Suite one of the most stunning, yet livable in town ($5,200 a night).

And with a massive skylight bathing the 1,216-square-foot space in warm natural light, the commissioned artwork all but glows. The property’s public areas are equally inviting, of course, and the Blue Boar Smokehouse & Bar—serving moreish feasts slow-cooked in the style of America’s best pit-masters—embodies this welcoming spirit in every bite.

For a more ethereal option, Emmeline’s is a soothing lounge perfect for private functions and tranquil evenings alike, while Club InterContinental offers one of the most exclusive experiences in a neighborhood predicated on exclusivity.

Featuring personalized concierge service, a tech-outfitted entertainment area, and all-day refreshments (including breakfast in the morning and cocktails at night) the Club treats guests like the royalty that surrounds them.

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