Northumberland House, a magnificent Victorian Grade II listed building adjacent to Trafalgar Square, has been completely restored and has reopened its doors to the public. The Italian inspired building has a wealth of history dating back to 1887 when it was first opened as the 500 guest room “Grand Hotel”. The building was later requisitioned by the Crown until a recent multi-million pound investment reinvigorated the elegant space.
STAY AT NORTHUMBERLAND HOUSE: The Grand at Trafalgar Square www.thegrandattrafalgarsquare. com T: 020 7839 8877 The rooms at The Grand Hotel retain the essence of the building’s remarkable history with features such as high ceilings. Guests can relax in elegant surroundings combining sophisticated decor with luxurious furnishings.
All guest rooms boast modern conveniences including ergonomic workstations, complimentary Internet access, iPod docking stations and multimedia connectivity. Club Quarters — www.clubquarters.com T: 020 7451 5800 Club Quarters is a membership based, full service hotel offering members a number of complimentary services within a clublike atmosphere. Club Quarters’ guests have full use of the building, including the elegant Club Living Room, while still enjoying the enhanced security of a restricted access club. Members also benefit from complimentary WiFi, purified bottled water, coffee, tea and special weekend/holiday rates.
FITNESS AT NORTHUMBERLAND HOUSE: Health conscious members can make use of the complimentary 24-hour in-house fitness suite, or can arrange for exercise equipment to be delivered directly to their hotel room.
DINING AT NORTHUMBERLAND HOUSE: Boyd’s Restaurant & Bar — www.boydsbrasserie.co.uk T: 020 7808 3344 Situated in the former Marble Hall, Boyd’s is an opulent restaurant surrounded by towering marble walls. The adjacent bar-area houses an impressive black granite bar adorned with antique mirrors, which the designer describes as a “jewel box”. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is a chic venue for a bite to eat, coffee or after-work cocktail. Watatsumi — www.watatsumi.co.uk T: 020 7036 8522 Watatsumi is a new Japanese restaurant headed by Nobu trained Executive Chef, Peter Makohus. He uses the traditional ingredients and techniques of great Japanese cuisine, alongside bold new recipes. The ultra modern minimalist setting contrasts with the grandeur of the rest of the building.
EVENTS AT NORTHUMBERLAND HOUSE: 8 Northumberland — www.8northumberland.co.uk T: 020 3263 1011 Recently used as the backdrop to the film W.E, co-written and directed by Madonna, 8 Northumberland comprises a magnificent ballroom, four large banqueting spaces, plus over 20 small meeting rooms. The sculpted, high-ceilinged Ballroom is described by English heritage as “the grandest example of a Victorian ballroom in existence today”. Many of the original features have survived, including four bay-isles to either side of the room, an Italian cinquecento-style carved apse, and hand-painted stained-glass windows. The Ballroom’s grand interior caters for up to 1,000 guests for a cocktail reception and up to 450 guests for a dinner.
WORK AND CONNECT AT NORTHUMBERLAND HOUSE: Connections @ Trafalgar Square — www.connectionsattrafalgarsquare.com T: 020 7451 5837 Connections @ Trafalgar Square is an exclusive private members business club designed for the modern mobile professional. Members are offered exclusive access to the Club Living Room and Gallery Lounge, which are ideal for working independently, holding meetings and networking with fellow Members.
Connections’ Business Club Members have access to a wide range of services such as free high speed internet access, a smart board and video conferencing studio and expert on-site IT and AV technicians. They can also enjoy preferential room rates at Club Quarters, Trafalgar Square, the charming boutique hotel located on site, as well as 14 other Club Quarter hotels in London and the US. (Northumberland House, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5BY)