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Sleep Here: The Curtain
Given the weather, it would be entirely sensible to make an immediate beeline for this Shoreditch trendsetter’s rooftop pool, but try to admire the hotel’s edgy urban decor – all exposed brick and custom artworks courtesy of Mick Rock – before you do. There’s also a gospel choir-toting restaurant (they sing on Sundays; hallelujah) that serves Obama’s favourite fried chicken and waffles, a spa, a rave-worthy gym and a duo of bars, one of which aces boozy slushies.
Drink Here: Oriole Bar
Get your Grey Goose fix at nearby neighbourhood favourite, Oriole, which is decorated with warm amber tones and pops of teal. The decadent Orsini cocktail combines Grey Goose vodka, cognac, artichoke rubino and neroli foam.
Sleep Here: Artist Residence Brighton
You’ll be tired after long afternoons on the beach and eating fish and chips; step forward Artist Residence Brighton: its charms include knee-weakening sea views, a prime coastal location, industrial decor, artist-decorated rooms, a pair of tempting restaurants and a pirate-worthy bar. Opt for a south-facing bedroom for best-in-house views of the sea; Room 23 is a top contender, thanks to its claw-foot bath tub.
Drink Here: BYOC Brighton
BYOC Brighton has a novel concept – you’re invited to turn up with a bottle of your favourite spirit (Grey Goose vodka, natch), which the bartenders will then use to create a series of inventive, bespoke cocktails. Set in the tangled South Lanes, BYOC’s unlikely lures also include a fully functioning pipe organ for impromptu singalongs, a silent cinema and a private snooker room.
Sleep Here: Bristol Harbour Hotel
Drop anchor in buzzing Bristol for Bristol Harbour Hotel – its grand old building was once the Lloyds and Midland bank HQ. This sound-investment stay is worth every penny, thanks to its excellent Jetty restaurant (a seafood haven), luxurious beds, a spa set in the vaults and a bar with a creative cocktail list. Bonus points for the hotel’s clotted-cream afternoon teas.
Drink Here: Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar
Having flexed your plastic athletically in Bristol’s retail mecca, rest your feet (and credit card) for a bite in the chic Second Floor Bar at Harvey Nichols, graced with a metallic ceiling and an elegant long bar. The seasonal drinks list has some Grey Goose highlights; there’s also an accomplished team of award-winning mixologists.
Sleep Here: 21212 Restaurant with Rooms
We could give you 21,212 reasons to head to this Georgian beauty on Royal Terrace – but the main one is the Michelin-starred restaurant, where nimble-knuckled chefs rustle up edible magic behind a Perspex screen. Third-floor rooms are top of the class, thanks to their sizeable Spanish showers, chunky egg-shaped bath tubs and views – pick from the garden or the Firth of Forth.
Drink Here: Tigerlily
Prepare to feel your eyes widen with admiration at Tigerlily Hotel: its bold maximalist decor throws the ‘less is more’ maxim to the wind. Similarly, the bar’s cocktail list has more than 100 contenders, devised by a well-travelled gang of master mixologists. The refreshing Buzz the Tower blends Grey Goose vodka, wild strawberry liqueur, pear liqueur, lemon, sugar and egg white.
Sleep Here: The Scarlet
You’ve probably never bubbled away in a ruby-red, log-fired cliff-top hot tub overlooking Mawgan Porth’s sandy bay. Change that at the Scarlet, which is decorated with lashings of glass, paintings by Cornish artists and prime sea views; each room has a balcony or outdoor ‘pod’ to maximise the latter. Additional reasons to come here include the al fresco natural swimming pool and the restaurant, which shines a light on local produce.
Drink Here: The Watergate Bay
This handsome hotel is a short drive – or scenic stroll – away from the Scarlet, set on a spectacular surf beach. Cool down with a Pear & Rosemary Cooler – Grey Goose La Poire vodka, pear liqueur, Chateau Civrac Late White wine and Fever-Tree tonic – in the laid-back Living Space bar. And relax.
A refreshing summer tipple, Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz stars Grey Goose vodka, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime and soda water, served over ice. To discover more best-of-British stays for this summer – and beyond – visit MrAndMrsSmith.com.
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