Come evening, the vibey Owl and the Monkey cocktail bar turns up the soundtrack and turns out great cocktails and satisfying small plates. Especially impressive here is the choice of non-alcoholic concoctions (as a teetotaller, Heaton had a hand in creating them) – try The Other Memory with cacao nibs, chilli, strawberry shrub and Everleaf Mountain or the heat-packed Jungle Fever with fresh cucumber juice and chilli vinegar. Among the small plates are padrón peppers with creamy whipped feta, delicious carrot and coriander arancini and a horseradish-topped short-rib-beef sandwich.
The hotel’s Other Space does wellbeing with a spiritual and holistic twist – from amazingly relaxing one-on-one sound immersions involving crystal singing bowls with Lauren Raby to astrology and tarot card reading. There’s also a vitality pool for laps, with sexy black tiles and a light installation, plus a sauna, steam room and seriously kitted-out gym with Peloton bikes and hi-tech rowing machines. Group sessions of body work such as yoga take place three times a week.
The shopping of Knightsbridge, leafy paths of Hyde Park and local-haunt restaurants of Chelsea are on the doorstep. The idea behind the Other House is to bring the fun-loving members’ club set-up to a new part of London while still rooting it in the area.
The young and upbeat staff strike up a rapport with you from the minute you walk in the door, and are equally friendly right through to making sure your pre-dinner drinks are as stiff as you like them. This is all part of the traditional hotel service here, but for guests who are treating it as their London flat for longer stays there are extra bells and whistles such as a separate post room for Amazon deliveries and an area off the lobby for Deliveroo drop-offs. You can even take up a residence for a year, leave for a few months and return to find your belongings back in situ. The in-house app allows you to have the run of the place: order food, see how busy the gym is or book the viewing room for a film night with friends.