A Crown Jewel

by Rona Berg

The Halkin redefines understated elegance with wellness offerings, tapas and high tea

COMO Shambhala, the renowned Asian-inspired wellness hospitality brand that now includes 15 properties in nine countries, began at The Halkin in Central London. Tucked away on a quiet side street in Belgravia, one of the toniest addresses in the city, The Halkin is walking distance to Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, and close to Mayfair, where 90 percent of the historical area is “conservation protected.” 

With 41 stylish guest rooms and suites, The Halkin provides a serene oasis for business travelers or anyone seeking respite from more densely populated areas of the city. Enter the small, beautifully appointed lobby, designed by Laboratorio Associati Italy, and you can feel yourself exhale, a state of well-being that remains throughout your stay. 

Rooms feature soft silk and linen textural touches in calming neutral tones, with floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms. Dining experiences are inflected with a Spanish flair, from the New Basque cuisine at Amesta to The Halkin Bar—a discreet hideaway off the lobby renowned for high tea, cocktails and tapas (above). The Halkin culinary team works with small-scale producers and farmers to source seasonal ingredients from around the UK, and partners with The Felix Project, a local nonprofit that distributes food to undernourished and vulnerable people in the city. 

A perfect spa experience can be found a five-minute walk away, where guests can access the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at The Halkin’s sister hotel, the COMO Metropolitan London, featuring six treatment rooms, including two couples’ rooms, a gym and steam room. comohotels.com/thehalkin 

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