The UK's next top wellness hotel is in the City of London

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Photo credit: Jack Hardy
Photo credit: Jack Hardy

The City of London is famed for its impressive skyscrapers but it’s not exactly the first place you’d visit for a wellness escape... until now. If you’re searching for a luxurious location for some new year pampering, there’s one place you’ll want to know about before the secret’s out: elegant, new hotel the Pan Pacific London.

A landmark in its own right and standing proud among the area’s most familiar towers, like the Gherkin and Cheesegrater, it's anything but a business hotel and we predict it will be the next go-to for relaxing mini-breaks without the long distance travel.


The first European outpost from the Singaporean hotel group, the Pan Pacific London achieves what Singapore does best: serene, natural spaces within a metropolis. It is one of the greenest cities in the world, after all.

Whether you're after a top-notch spa, afternoon tea worth talking about or dining that delights, the Pan Pacific ticks all the right boxes for a surprising stay in London.

Photo credit: Jack Hardy
Photo credit: Jack Hardy

Let’s start with the eco credentials. With sustainability being a hot topic among the luxury hotel world, it’s only natural that the Pan Pacific wanted to assure guests that they can indulge in five-star surroundings while reducing their carbon footprint.

Here, you'll find Diptyque toiletries packaged in aluminium (one of the most environmentally-friendly metals on the planet), bamboo toothbrushes and toilet paper, as well as recycling bins in the rooms.

The food and drink served in the hotel have also been selected with the environment in mind. The spices used in the restaurant’s dishes were sourced in Singapore for authenticity but grown in Norfolk. Similarly, the bubbly served with the afternoon tea is quality British sparkling wine that rivals French champagne.

Check into an Executive Room to make the most of the area and the amazing towers all around. Located on floors 13 to 19, the Executive Rooms include corner rooms that place you right in front of the Gherkin and offer prime people-watching, if peering inside the offices of City workers is your thing.

Photo credit: Jack Hardy
Photo credit: Jack Hardy

From the marble bathrooms with enormous shower spaces and bath tubs to small touches including bamboo and moss-filled plant pots to bring nature in, the bedrooms provide a peaceful place to retire after days out exploring. You’ll also appreciate the floor-to-ceiling windows and king-sized beds with butter-soft bed linen.

When it comes to wellness, the Pan Pacific London certainly delivers and deserves a spot on the list of best luxury spa hotels in the UK. Its swimming pool with a view over Bishopsgate Plaza and historic church St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate is arguably the most excellent place for a dip in London. The 18.5-metre infinity pool is backed by loungers for you to laze away the hours.

The hotel promises a tailored approach to wellbeing too and you’ll find everything you need for top-to-toe pampering, including an in-house nutritionist, a couples’ treatment room, a mindfulness studio and a TecnoBody D-wall training system with body recognition in the gym.

Dining at the hotel is an experience that takes you on a far-flung journey. In restaurant Straits Kitchen, Executive Chef Lorraine Sinclair transports you through the streets, hawker houses and fine dining restaurants of Singapore with her authentic flavours. Start with the Merlion Platter, a selection of street food favourites from around Asia: chicken satay, spring rolls, kueh pie tee and chilli prawns.

The mains feature the likes of Hainanese chicken, Singaporean chilli crab and lobster laksa. The soft shell chilli crab dish comes with fried mantou (steamed buns) for a spicy dining experience. Meanwhile, dessert is a dainty affair to complement the generous mains. The coconut panna cotta comes with a sago pearl soup and lime grated on top for a refreshing finishing.

While at the Pan Pacific, you'll want to experience the afternoon tea. Served to you in courses to ensure you don’t feel bloated, it’s as beautiful as it is delicious. The work of Executive Pastry Chef Cherish Finden (yes, of Bake Off: The Professionals fame), it takes place in the sophisticated Orchid Lounge and brings Asian flavours to the traditional British meal.

The tea selection is vast and exotic (Tarragona Almond Blossom and White Silver Tip are some of the options), while the food menu features traditional, themed and Singaporean (Kopi Tiam) afternoon teas.

Opt for the Kopi Tiam for its delectable dim sum, curry puff and bao. The scones in this tea with a twist are plain and matcha-flavoured, served with homemade kaya and traditional jams. Naturally, there are bubbles on offer - mostly from Kent and Sussex - to wash it all down.


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