Traditional Indian Heritage Meets Modern 5-Star Hospitality at The LaLiT London
September 5, 2019
Blending Indian culture with modern design, luxury boutique 5-star hotel The LaLiT London is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital. With hotels in 12 cities across India, including Bangalore, Jaipur, Mumbai and New Delhi; the family-run The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group ensures that each outpost encompasses an experience that is both traditional and modern, subtle yet opulent, and most importantly, distinctly The LaLiT; a philosophy epitomised by the group’s first international hotel in London. The LaLiT promotes an overarching message of #PureLove which encompasses full inclusivity and diversity, welcoming guests from every corner of the globe to stay in a truly unique setting.
The 120-year-old neo-Baroque Tooley Street hotel, bar, pan-Indian dining destination Baluchi and Rejuve Spa near Tower Bridge, combines Indian culture with quintessential British charm. Housed in the former 19th Century St. Olave’s Grammar School, many details, from the high ceilings to the original windows, are reminiscent of the original Victorian building.
Welcomed with a humble greeting that symbolises respect – ‘namaskar’ – the beautiful marble reception area immediately evokes a feeling of peace and relaxation. With 70 individually crafted bedrooms, including nine suites, The LaLiT London offers one of the most unique stays in the city. Rich and luxurious aesthetics are paired with old-world charm and laidback sensibility with each room differing in layout, character and design, from smaller ‘classrooms’ with adjoining nooks to the signature suite – The LaLiT Legacy Experience – with three interconnecting rooms, adorned with ornamented ceilings and warm oak panelling, and featuring an extraordinary view of The Shard.
Similarities, however, are clear throughout, with all rooms complete with a 40-inch LED television, wireless charging, fluffy bathrobe and slippers, digital media for any magazine or newspaper you could wish, and 24-hour room and laundry services. For an extra touch of luxury, senior classrooms and suites also feature a complimentary mini-bar with soft drinks and snacks and a Nespresso coffee machine. Welcoming guests into their rooms, a small cuddly replica of The LaLiT elephant mascot, Elphie, sits on each bed to take home as a souvenir, and decadent bathrooms are filled with natural toiletries from French-Indian brand, Kronokare. Specially designed accessible rooms come complete with wet rooms and specific features in place, ensuring a relaxing stay for disabled guests.
The hotel’s knowledgeable concierge service offers help with everything from airport transfers and personalised limousine tours, to theatre tickets and restaurant recommendations.
Set in the historic Grade II-listed hotel’s Great Hall, pan-Indian destination Baluchi provides an opulent and decadent backdrop in which to enjoy Executive Chef Santosh Shah’s Indian cuisine, fusing authentic flavours with modern influences. Restored vaulted ceilings and magnificent Hyderabadi hand-crafted, deep cobalt glass chandeliers warm space and large windows flood natural light into the restaurant whilst bespoke artwork and handmade silk tapestries hang from the walls.
Fresh seasonal flavours and beautiful presentation are brought to the table, with refined dishes which simultaneously embrace and elevate traditional Indian recipes synonymous with the North-West Frontier. Dishes showcasing Santosh’s experimental signature style include seabass with grilled avocado, olive crumble and coriander chutney, and tandoori octopus and colocasia leaf terrine with clay oven-roasted baby potatoes, labneh, coriander chutney and puffed quinoa.
Setting the bar when it comes to Indian bread, experience a true taste of India at the Naan’ery, the dedicated Indian bread bar within Baluchi. Enjoy signature variations on naan, roti, kulcha, paratha and phulka with flavours and fillings from mango and coconut, to porcini and truffle, and fig and cheese.
New for 2019, the Naan’ery Experience allows guests to take a front-row seat as Chef Shah works his culinary magic and creates delicious dishes right in front of you. The Experience offers a selection of four Indian breads made using seasonal ingredients, each paired with a complementing wine and accompanied by a traditional tiffin – choose from butter chicken curry, or an aubergine and tamarind curry, alongside the signature dal Baluchi, soft pilau rice and authentic carrot halwa.
The Gallery mezzanine overlooking the restaurant offers an alternative High Chai afternoon tea which balances traditional English favourites with a signature Indian twist. Guests can enjoy Chooza Pakoda and Punjabi samosas, alongside mango lassi, teas, or a glass of champagne.
Champagne, Cocktails and Cognac
Perfect for pre-dinner cocktails and after meal aperitifs, The LaLiT London is home to two beautiful bars. The Headmaster’s Room, restored to its former glory and complete with original Victorian fireplace and wooden furnishings, offers a refined list of cognac alongside flutes of champagne. The Teacher’s Room complete with an intricate mother of pearl ceiling, is a more contemporary setting, ideal for evening cocktails or mocktails. Enticing twists on classics include; the Bloody Madhavi (Ketel One vodka, Tio Pepe dry sherry, and LaLiT bespoke Bloody Mary mix) and the Kesariya Martini (saffron-infused Tanqueray London dry gin, fresh lime juice, honey mix, saffron, and egg white). Drinkers can add some sparkle with champagne cocktails featuring Indian flavours; sip on the Srinagar Punch (cognac, Tanqueray London dry gin, crème de peche, English Breakfast tea, fresh lemon juice and Pommery Brut Silver champagne), or the St Olave’s Summer Cup (Sipsmith gin, Pommery champagne, grapefruit and pink pepper bitter, ginger beer and fresh fruit).
Take it Alfresco
Open all year round, The LaLiT London’s expansive terrace, adjoined to Baluchi, offers creative cocktails under the stars alongside alfresco dining from an Indian street-food menu including Bombay bhel, kathi rolls and Punjabi samosas. With heaters, blankets and awnings, as well as views of the iconic Shard, the terrace at The LaLiT London has all your outdoor dining needs covered year-round.
Revitalise, Restore, Rejuvenate
Continuing the blend of Western and Eastern cultures, holistic therapies at the hotel’s Rejuve Spa combine herbal infusions that take the mind, body and spirit on a journey of pure relaxation. Available Ayurveda treatments, developed more than 3,000 years ago in India, include Shirodhara, which uses a continuous stream of warm oil that flows on the body, as well as Noor Elnnyat and Rani Padmadvati facials. An ancient Himalayan Salt Ritual and the energy improving Chin Mudra therapy will also induce maximum relaxation. A fully equipped gym is also available exclusively to guests.
A stay at The LaLiT London will provide guests with a welcoming and comfortable experience that is steeped in history and Indian culture.
A: 181 Tooley Street, London SE1 2JR
T: 020 3765 0000
W: LaLit London