"Britannia meets Bohemia" is the phrase that Belgraves London uses to describe itself. And it's an apt one: it's a boutique Belgravia hotel that oozes New York chic while preserving the classy Britishness expected of the Knightsbridge-King's Road locale. After all, it's part of the North American Thompson Hotels group, whose properties have brought added elegance to New York, Nashville, Seattle and Mexico, and the London property is designed by renowned British interior architect, Tara Bernerd.
The hotel has the means to host a variety of events for both business or pleasure – but when summer rolls around, Belgraves is certainly the place to be thanks to its relaxing open-roof terrace. This 23sqft. "Cigar Terrace" is a highlight on the hotel's first floor, seating up to 12 for dinner parties, or up to 30 for cocktail receptions.
On The Terrace, guests can settle into comfortable Dedon chairs, surrounded by slick, contemporary furnishings and climbing ivy. The retractable glass roof is the summer centrepiece, and breezy evenings can stay warm due to the outdoor heaters.
The open-air atmosphere makes it an ideal location for cocktails, and the hotel offers its signature spin on classics, such as the Jalapeño Tommie's Margarita, made with jalapeño-infused tequila and a dash of green Tabasco; and The Belgraves Breeze, comprising muddled blackberries, vodka and cinnamon liqueur. Or, if guests would rather pair a tipple with a Cuban cigar, they could opt for the hotel's signature cigar-and-whisky tasting.
What's more: this year, Belgraves is offering three summer-party packages. Starting from £75 per person, all will include a number of the following: BBQ-style canapés, beer, wine, soft drinks and "summer cocktails" such as the English summertime favourite, Pimm's. The most high-end package will also include four Summer Bowl Food specialities.
That's not all! Lastly, there's a special offer: a complimentary summer drink for any event booked with Belgraves until the end of July.
Now all we need is the sun to come out.
To view Belgraves' other spaces, or to book an event – summer party or otherwise – check out their Hire Space page here.