I’m slowly coming back down to earth after London Fashion Week. The laundry is sorted, the overnight bags wiped and put away, the invitations and show releases recycled or filed, piles of shoes are shoe-treed and back on their shelves and I’ve re-stocked the fridge.
That being said, I am missing the joy of a nice man bringing me a tray of eggs, avocado and coffee each morning at 8am precisely, and knowing that however many of my possessions are scattered around by the time I leave, by the time I return late at night the tidying pixies will have been and done their thing.
The May Fair Hotel asked me to be their Blogger-in-Residence over the weekend of this season’s LFW, and I accepted with alacrity. As the official hotel of London Fashion Week they are all set up for the whirlwind week, and no eyebrows are raised at high-heeled editors tottering through their lobbies at all hours of the day – and night.
They are in the midst of a collaboration with Anya Hindmarch and Chaos Fashion at present, who have designed not only the room keycards but their afternoon tea. I sadly was too busy with the shows to check it out, but I shall be back.
My room was 766, the Bamboo Suite. When I opened the door I couldn’t find the bedroom – until I realised that there was a staircase in the corner.
This means that the bed is wholly self-contained, which works brilliantly if you want to, as I did, host a cocktail party in the living area, and keep your guests away from the chaos in your room. There’s no window in the room, but there is a snazzy porthole cut of the double height living room wall.
The only downside is having to go back downstairs to use the loo, but that’s a small price to pay.
Speaking of the loo…back downstairs, the bathroom and separate loo are on a little corridor off the living area. There is a very generous double wardrobe, with plenty of hangers and lots of deep drawers. (You’d be amazed how few hotels have drawers. At one, in Copenhagen, I was reduced to tipping stationery out of its basket to store my underwear.)
The bathroom is well-sized, with a lovely window giving plenty of natural light for doing one’s makeup – I’d rather sacrifice daylight in the bedroom for daylight in the bathroom, which is very very rare in hotels. I particularly liked the heated towel rail with plenty of towels and the extremely generous provision of products.
And extra props for having large refillable bottles. My only gripe: waffle dressing gowns not fluffy towelling ones which get saturated very quickly.
It was almost impossible to do the ginormous walk-in rain shower justice: suffice to say that it is the size of the bathroom again, with an easy to understand console – another rarity. The amount of times I’ve been scalded/frozen by incomprehensible dials….
(Style note: Printed silk shirt by Whistles.)
Back in the living room, I made friends with the resident cat:
And waved at the cows:
I liked the gratis Nespresso machine with plenty of capsules, and the giant flatscreen telly, which I used for listening to Radio 4 in the morning. The sofa was extremely squishy, nice to have one that seemed designed for sitting in, rather than perching. (Regular hotel users will know exactly what I mean.)
And, just in case I was completely boggled by London Fashion Week and forgot which country I was in, the SMEG fridge was there to remind me.
I was also super pleased to discover that the LFW Fashion Monitor Beauty Lounge (that’s the going home bag below) was in full swing on the same floor of the hotel, so was able to pop along for a blow out by one of the great Sassoon session guys and a raspberry tartlet – the hotel’s pastry chef is GOOD, before dinner downstairs with my girlfriends in the May Fair Kitchen on Saturday night.
The May Fair Hotel
Address: Stratton Street, London W1J 8LT
Telephone: 020 7769 4041
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with The May Fair Hotel. Many thanks to them for hosting me for two nights bed and breakfast, and dinner for me and three girlfriends, during London Fashion Week in February 2015.