Built as the Great Eastern Hotel in 1884, the 5-star luxury Andaz London Liverpool Street still dazzles with the opulence and grandeur you’d expect from one of Britain's foremost hotels from the era of rail travel.
Today’s updated Terence Conran interiors are a marvel, and you could happily just wander the hotel to take in its myriad stunning spaces.
With 3 restaurants, one in a Grade II listed room, 2 bars and a wine lounge within the hotel, you should be sure to take the time to explore them all and take in the variety of top quality cuisine on offer here. I can’t stress enough that the rooms themselves, the lighting, and the atmosphere are simply magical, a perfect combination of historic beauty and modern flair.
The hotel is located right beside Liverpool Street station too, so it's very easy to get to. In its early days, it even had its own private railway line to take delivery of food and the salt water for its spa baths.
(Catch Champagne Bar & Lounge)
Uniquely, the Andaz is also home to a hidden Masonic Temple, one of the most lavish ever discovered, which was unearthed by workmen redeveloping the hotel in the 20th century.
Today it's used as an events venue, and you can stop by here for everything from burlesque to fashion week events and film screenings.
It was even used in the Johnny Depp film, 'From Hell!' But don’t worry, it’s not that scary in real life. Although this part of London was originally the hunting ground of Jack the Ripper, and you should be sure to catch a Jack the Ripper tour to learn the local tales!
Our room was stylish and beautiful: a queen-sized bed and luxurious bathroom, complete with a complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates.
The windows overlooked the majestic buildings and towering modern architecture of the City of London: the capital’s historic heart, and an incredible location to explore and take in the sights. The Andaz is fantastically situated between some of London’s most interesting and buzzing locales: the bars, restaurants and boutiques of Spitalfields on one side, the creative hubbub of Shoreditch on the other, with St Paul’s Cathedral and many of London’s best known sights just a few stops away by Tube.
With the Andaz’s London Restaurant Festival offer, we took the opportunity to sample some cuisine at one of the nearby participating restaurants to get in the mood. We went for the Merchant’s Tavern, a laid back spot just around the corner on Charlotte Street that serves classic British cuisine, finely cooked with European influences. Put simply, it was delicious, the staff are lovely, and we highly recommend it.
The next morning, we were treated to the Andaz’s hearty (and comprehensive) breakfast — everything from full English to pancakes, pastries, fresh fruit and artisan bread — in the magnificent 1901 Ballroom, which will have you taking breaks between mouthfuls just to gape at the grandeur.