Surrounded by the grand banking institutions of one of the City of London’s oldest neighborhoods, Threadneedles is a regal pile of bricks and itself happened to be an old bank. Modern luxury and classical architecture chime in the public areas and guest rooms, where dramatic cornicing, impressive pillars and stylish interior décor create a seductive environment. Located in the heart of the City, the hotel is ideal for those in town for business.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Filled with bank headquarters, hedge funds and insurance offices, the City is hardly the most liberal or exciting place to be based, so if you’re after the thronging buzz of London then look to nearby Shoreditch for an alternative hotel.
Available in an extensive range of sizes and prices, the rooms all agree on one thing, which is their desire to inject a little sense of place into your stay. London-centric artwork hangs on the walls to complement the elegant décor. Beds are no smaller than queen size in all rooms.
Unless you want a huge room, think twice before upsizing as even the entry-level Luxury Rooms are fairly spacious.
Simple, neutral bathrooms come with walk-in showers and bathtubs and thick, fluffy oversized towels for drying off in luxuriant style.
Arguably the highlight of the hotel, the lobby lounge’s grand domed roof is a spectacular sight worth booking for alone. Close to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Threadneedles might just be home to the second-best dome in the neighborhood. Relaxed but fairly formal, this is a lobby to dress up and have a drink in.
Superstar chef Marco Pierre White lends his name to the Wheeler’s Oyster Bar and Grill but don’t expect to find him anywhere near the kitchen. Still, he had a hand in the menu and the rather extravagant restaurant is as good a place as any in the area to get your steak fix.
With great links to Bank Station, the Bank of England, and City Hall, Threadneedles Hotel is in a location made for business. In terms of leisure, there’s plenty to admire about the neighbourhood from an aesthetic point of view and even if it isn’t the most exciting spot, the absence of crowds on the weekend is perfect for an impromptu walking tour. Getting away from the area is simple, with Monument and Bank Stations providing a short Tube ride into Central London, or swarms of black cabs offering a quick connection to lively Shoreditch to the east.
If you don’t mind going from one hotel to another, then head for The Ned, a grand hotel with a plethora of dining options in its lobby. We’d recommend The Nickel Bar (5-minute walk) for American classics and the liveliest restaurant atmosphere this side of Dalston. The City is all about power moves and money so why fight the appeal of the steak houses you’ll find all over it? Hawksmoor Guildhall (6-minute walk) is always a good option—morning, noon, or night.
If things are a little stuffy in the City, take a walk down Bishopsgate where you’ll find the Crown and Shuttle (16-minute walk), a rowdy City pub with a crossover appeal with Shoreditch that lends it a fun weeknight atmosphere. For something completely different, nature-themed bar The Folly (6-minute walk) is an ideal place for brunch drinks in an airy, light-filled spot adjacent to London Bridge.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Setting aside the appeal of that fabulous dome for a second, the charm of the Threadneedles Hotel is in its refined style that never lets guests succumb to the stuffy nature of the City. Staff are excellent, drinking and dining options are tempting and—depending on the reason for your stay—the location is excellent.