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hreadneedles, a namesake of the famous street on which it resides, has been open a little over a decade and holds something of a unique

position within the Square Mile. Once a Victorian banking hall, the property sits just yards away from the Bank of England, and offers an ideal base for financial high flyers. My travelling companion and I visited the hotel over a weekend, when the City becomes noticeably quieter, and a relaxing, rather than business-like atmosphere was conveyed. Treadneedles is clean and elegant,

rather than jaw-droppingly extravagant. Its undoubted showpiece is its lavish hand painted stained glass dome, which dates back to 1856, and bathes the stylishly appointed lobby in sunlight. Fresh flowers adorn the centre of the room, which is encircled by six composite columns. You could well imagine matters of critical macro economic importance being thrashed out over an 18 year old Glenmorangie within this tastefully furnished space. We stayed in an Executive King room,

which, as the name would suggest, featured a large, marshmallow-soft bed that did not look out of place in such an agreeably spacious room. Te décor was a nod to sophisticated functionality, which was present throughout the hotel. A basket of fruit was a welcome sight on our arrival, while the Italian bathrobes were a convenient appendage that is all too often neglected by hotels. Treadneedles boasts the sort of regal setting that leads you to think it would make a delightful sanctuary from a biting winter morn. So it was with some irony that we were treated to that rarest of occasions in England - a warm, sunny day. We wandered

Jonathan Kearney spends a night at a boutique five star hotel in the City of London

past Monument and surveyed the famous Tames vista and headed to the fabulous Borough Market, just south of the river, where we enjoyed a spot of tapas in the shadow of Southwark Cathedral. Pre-dining we enjoyed a drink in the sumptuous lobby and marvelled once more at the grandeur of the dome. We were somewhat disappointed to be informed that, due to an issue with suppliers, we would be restricted to a set menu for our evening meal. In fairness, we were promptly assuaged by the quality of the food and the luxury of our surroundings. Te tables at Bonds Restaurant are generously spaced, to provide privacy in a convivial atmosphere. My travelling companion enjoyed the grilled asparagus, with poached egg and a Hollandaise and truffle dressing, followed by slow cooked pork chop with potato and leek gratin, English asparagus and red wine jus. I opted for the seaweed cured smoked salmon with warm blinis and horseradish crème fraîche, with steamed Colchester mussels and triple cooked chips to follow. We both selected the raspberry brulée from the desert options, and clean plates were to be found all round. We concluded that for such delectable cuisine, a set price of £24 represented excellent value.

As part of their Champagne in the City

package, Treadneedles is offering one night luxury bed and breakfast, with champagne and canapés on arrival, from £200. For further information visit


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