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London Marriott Hotel County Hall offers five-star views (the suites aren't bad either)

London Marriott Hotel County Hall combines heritage with modern design touches, seriously impressive views and some pretty sweet suites

There aren’t many places designed by a 29-year-old competition-winning architect who did not survive long enough to see his dream come-to-life.

But this not-so hidden gem, which survived the First World War and later housed a now-abolished Socialist political assembly – which was shown the iron-curtains by Margaret Thatcher – is not any old building.

The famed Marriott County Hall, at the foot of London’s Westminster Bridge, was first opened by King George V and Queen Mary in 1922. Today, it offers the kind of spectacular luxury that will give you a unique window into another world.

Standing in the newly renovated Balcony suite, which boasts stunning 180-degree views across the banks of the River Thames, I had some of London’s most celebrated landmarks in my sights, including the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

There are some impressive personal touches – such as the handwritten welcome note

Once I had settled in, I stepped onto the ornate balcony overlooking the London Eye, and dare I say it, offered its guests their own view of me, enjoying a chilled glass of Nederburg chenin blanc.

There are some impressive personal touches – such as the handwritten welcome note, a selection of sweet treats, including macarons with my name scrolled out in chocolate sauce, a candle and a veritable cornucopia of fresh fruit.

Being something of a pampered princess, I ordered up the 24-hour service butler service to help with a bubble bath before dinner and was delighted by the Floris of London products that catered to my whim.

Later as I headed down to dinner, I made a quick stop-off at Gillray’s world-famous gin bar where head barman Rui rustled me up a martini before personally escorting me to my table at the steakhouse.

Although the views are the stars of the show here, the suites are a very close second

The pan-fried scallops complete with roasted butternut puree, chilli, toasted pine nuts and sage were simply delectable as an opener. I left room for a 300g rib-eye with béarnaise, a healthy (OK, unhealthy) portion of triple-cooked chips, and creamed baby leaf spinach. The only regret – not enough room for one of the tempting desserts.

By this point my suite – and its 300-thread count Egyptian cotton linen bedsheets – beckoned. Although the views are the stars of the show here, the suites are a very close second. Seven of the suites feature private balconies, while the four executive suites offer a separate living area.

At the top of the tree is the Westminster Suite, a show-stopping 135sq m space offering a dining area set for 12 and an unrivalled view of the Houses of Parliament. Just don’t look too closely, or you might catch a glimpse of Boris.

London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB; 020 7928 5200; For more info, see londonmarriottcountyhall.co.uk

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