We check into the LaLiT London – once a school for boys, now a luxury hotel brimming with Indian charm and hospitality.
A former a Victorian grammar school, this magnificent red-brick building serves as a 70-room five-star hotel run by one of India’s biggest luxury hotel chains.
A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels, the family-run LaLit places great importance on those ‘little touches’ and delivering a personalised service. It’s everything you want from a boutique hotel – and more.
London Bridge station is around 10 minutes away by foot, where you’ll find the famous Borough market – a foodie’s playground. There’s the Shard nearby too and the Thames, home to hotspots like London Dungeons and HMS Belfast.
There’s a fabulous Indian restaurant in the original hall where schoolboys once sat down for lunch. Plus, an outdoor terrace for cocktails and Shisha, and two indoor bars.
The LaLiT is brimming with charm. Its décor fuses British opulence with Indian heritage. Reminiscent of an Indian palace, the hotel is stylishly dressed with original artwork and stone sculptures imported from India. Golden star lanterns hang from the ceilings and stunning tapestries line the walls.
The building has been lovingly restored so as not to lose its original character. The stucco ceilings, original fireplaces and dark oak panelling create a feeling of grandeur.
The staff wear Indian attire and offer a traditional greeting – the ‘namaskar’ – two palms together before the face with a bow, so there’s a sense of homeliness as soon as you arrive.
Rooms and suites
Most of the 70 rooms were original classrooms and are named as such. Some feature views of The Shard.
Décor is modern minimalist with traditional soft furnishings. The clean white walls are decorated with tapestries and artwork, and each of the beds features hand-embroidered silk headboards.
No expense has been spared when it comes to technology. The marble floors are temperature controlled, TVs are high-tech and the toilets are from the future, with various settings. There’s a mini fridge and a Nespresso machine too.
You’ll find artisan goodies in your room, including posh Indian tonic water and traditional sweets. Anything else you need is a phone call away as room service is 24 hours.