Nestled in between London’s Regent’s Park and Camden rests the charming York & Albany Hotel and Restaurant, owned by Chef Gordon Ramsay. When one thinks of Chef Ramsay, their mind often turns to his household name and franchise that has reached stardom through various celebrated restaurants around the world, Hell’s Kitchen and other culinary endeavors. Ramsay’s reputation as a talented chef preceeds him but many would be surprised to find that his London restaurant, York & Albany, also boasts a lovely hotel for guests.
Each of the nine bedrooms at York & Albany has a regal feel with a four poster bed and sweeping curtains that hang loosely on the sides, framing it. During my short stay at York & Albany, I was greeted by an attentive staff that placed a skelton key in my hand and led me to a charming room that effortlessly mixed modern amenities with antique decor. The resut was a decadent room with rich fabrics, period decor and artwork that gives a nod to England’s rich and storied past.
Perhaps the best feature of York & Albany is its proximity to lively Camden with its bustling pubs, array of eateries and shops. Of course, if staying at York & Albany and jonesing for a delicious dinner you need look no further than the downstairs restaurant. Chef Kim Woodward is the head chef at York & Albany and brings to Camden her impressive experience of training at top restaurants around the United States before joining the Gordon Ramsay family in 2007 as a Sous Chef at Boxwood. Today, Chef Woodward whips up quintenssential British meals at York & Albany that incorporate local ingredients, celebrate classic British cuisine and surprise the palate by lending the food a modern twist.
Book this Hotel if…
You are a foodie and looking to stay at a hotel that is in close proximity to Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant and other eateries. Also, York & Albany is a great hotel to stay if looking for a classic London experience–away from tourists–where you can get a feel for living like a local. Camden is charming and the hotel’s location to Regent’s Park make the area a nice place to stay and explore while still being close enough to the major attractions via the tube, yet far enough from the crowds of tourists that swarm Picadilly Circus.
*I was invited for a complimentary stay at the York & Albany Hotel in London in exchange for editorial coverage. As always, all opinions expressed on The Pin the Map Project are unbiased and my own.