Nestled within the heart of London’s vibrant tapestry, The Guardsman and Middle Eight, both distinguished members of the illustrious Preferred Hotels & Resorts, stand as refined bastions, each with its own enchanting tale to tell.

As I, Laura Bartlett, embarked on a journey exploring the exquisite properties within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts, my path led me to two distinct experiences – The Guardsman and Middle Eight.

Spending two nights at these refined establishments, I found myself in the company of a dear friend, creating memories in a city where we shared countless stories and eagerly anticipated the creation of new ones.

As we traversed the hallowed corridors of luxury, we discovered a poetic dance of tranquillity and indulgence etched into the very walls of these splendid abodes.

Join me on this immersive journey as we unfurl the tales of The Guardsman‘s captivating suite and Middle Eight‘s enchanting in-room oasis, where London’s luxury takes centre stage…

An Address of Distinction: The Summerskill Residence

In the heart of London’s ceaseless rhythm, I found myself embraced by the luxurious narrative of The Guardsman, unravelling in the form of the Summerskill Residence. I immersed myself in this exquisite haven, where the world beyond the private balcony melted away, and the suite transformed into a canvas of serenity.

The Guardsman

Perched on the fifth floor, the Summerskill Residence offers more than a prestigious address—it unfolds into an unparalleled experience. The large open-plan living area, complemented by a dining space and a fully fitted kitchen, creates an expansive and airy ambience. After 30 seconds in the property, it was clear to see why this address is coveted by those who appreciate the pinnacle of luxury in London.

Your Home in London

As my friend and I revelled in the grandeur of the Summerskill Residence, we discovered more than just a place to stay. This two-bedroom haven provides the perfect blend of privacy and shared space, with separate rooms for each guest, a spacious living room, an open-plan kitchen, and a sprawling balcony. The residence became a home away from home, a personal sanctuary in the heart of London.

The Private Balcony: A Dance with the Stars

The pièce-de-résistance of the Summerskill Residence is the vast, landscaped terrace. Extending seamlessly beyond the sitting area, it offers nearly 65 square meters of pure delight, put frankly, big enough to swing a cat around in.

With a dining area for six and occasional seating, the terrace becomes a tranquil rooftop escape. Located away from the hustle of Buckingham Gate, it provides a quiet haven with stunning rooftop views of St James’s.

In the evening, I found myself gazing through the floor-to-ceiling windows, ensconced in a ballet of lights. The private balcony, a stage suspended above the city, offered an intimate encounter with the stars.

London sprawled beneath, a living tapestry of dreams, as my friend and I revelled in the unparalleled views that unfolded like a canvas painted with the hues of the city’s heartbeat.

Sumptuous Bedrooms and Bathrooms

In the master bedroom of the Summerskill Residence at The Guardsman, the queen-sized bed proved to be more than just a piece of furniture—it became a sanctuary of unparalleled comfort.

As I settled in for the night, the plush bedding cradled me in a cocoon of softness, inviting me to surrender to the peaceful embrace of sleep. The night unfolded in a symphony of serenity, and the gentle hum of London’s streets below seemed to fade away.

The design of the space, meticulously crafted, contributed to an atmosphere of complete peace. The architectural elegance of the room, coupled with the quality of the furnishings, ensured that not even a whisper from the adjoining guest bedroom disturbed the calm of our night. It was a testament to The Guardsman’s commitment to providing an environment where every moment is a sanctuary of restful bliss.

As the morning light painted the cityscape beyond my window, I awoke refreshed, having experienced a night of uninterrupted sleep in a bed so comfortable that it felt like a hug from the clouds.

The master bedroom of the Summerskill Residence had indeed proven to be the epitome of tranquillity and comfort, offering a haven where the night unfolded in blissful peace.

Luxury in Every Detail

The spacious open-plan living and dining room of the Summerskill Residence at The Guardsman isn’t just a space; it’s a hilarious tug-of-war between productivity and distraction.

Picture this: there’s a large desk, ready to be the stage for your groundbreaking work, but wait—there’s a fully fitted kitchen with top-tier appliances, an integrated Fridge/Freezer, and views that will make you forget your to-do list even exists.

As you attempt to conquer your workload, the apartment throws in bespoke Noble Isle toiletries, a mini-bar stocked with temptations, luxurious bathrobes that practically beg you to lounge, slippers so comfortable you’ll consider wearing them to your next meeting, and a personal safe for your valuables (and maybe your secret stash of snacks).

So, good luck trying to focus on that spreadsheet when there’s a panoramic view of London’s splendour competing for your attention. The Summerskill Residence isn’t just a place to stay; it’s a hilarious challenge of work versus play, and I can guarantee, that the distractions are as top-tier as the appliances in that kitchen.

As my friend and I created lasting memories within the Summerskill Residence, it became evident that The Guardsman’s commitment to providing a curated and exceptional experience was not just a promise but a reality etched into the very essence of our stay.

Views Across London: A Symphony of Lights

As the day gracefully surrendered to night, the views across London transformed into a symphony of lights. The iconic landmarks, delicately illuminated, whispered tales of centuries gone by.

The Guardsman, part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts, had curated not just a suite but a haven where the soul could wander amid the constellations of luxury.

Our night at The Guardsman may have drawn to a close, but our exploration of exceptional properties within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts is far from over. The next chapter awaits at the Middle Eight Hotel, promising another enchanting tale of luxury and discovery.

Middle Eight’s Rhapsody of Luxury

Amidst the poetic verses of London’s allure, Middle Eight beckoned with an enchanting melody of its own. As I discovered the captivating in-room oasis, the hotel whispered secrets of indulgence that transcended the confines of the ordinary.

The In-room Bath Tub: A Tale of Luxurious Immersion

In the heart of Middle Eight’s warm embrace, the in-room bathtub emerged as my personal haven. Anyone who’s glimpsed my social media for even a minute knows that a candle-lit bubble bath is an essential part of my daily routine.

So, imagine my delight when I found a freestanding bath in my room at Middle Eight—complete with doors that could swing open to the bedroom or close for the ultimate bubble bath privacy.

Hours melted away as I revelled in the soothing waters, finding solace and rejuvenation in the midst of London’s vibrant energy. The doors provided the perfect balance, allowing me to choose between a private retreat or a seamless connection with the bedroom.

In that freestanding bath at Middle Eight, time seemed to stand still, and every moment became a celebration of indulgence. It wasn’t just a tub; it was a sanctuary where I could unwind, reflect, and let the day’s stresses dissolve in the luxurious embrace of bubbles and warmth.

A Symphony of Luxury

Having handpicked these two gems from the Preferred Hotels & Resorts based on location alone, it’s become clear why they bear the prestigious Preferred Hotels seal of approval.

The standards are sky-high, and the rooms are so incredibly equipped that you wouldn’t blame us for momentarily neglecting to explore other parts of these extraordinary hotels.

But fear not, dear readers, for this is just the beginning of our journey through the entire Preferred Hotels & Resorts. We’re on a mission to create more memories, discover more hidden treasures, and bask in the luxury that each unique property offers.

So, buckle up and join us as we navigate the lavish landscape of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, where every stay is an opportunity to revel in the extraordinary. The adventure has just begun, and the tales are waiting to be written. Cheers to a symphony of luxury and the countless memories yet to unfold!


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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