At Decimo restaurant on the 10th floor of King’s Cross’s buzzy The Standard hotel , dessert is more than just a third course. Last entry on the menu after the chocolate mousse and crema catalana? A spur-of-the-moment night’s stay.
Called The Night Doesn’t End Here, The Standard’s teaser course is the ultimate party package for diners who don’t fancy packing onto a busy Victoria line when the curfew starts: an exclusive on-the-day bedroom booking complete with a sleepover survival kit including toothbrush, toothpaste and knickers — no pre-booking allowed (a treat amid this time of curfews and pre-planned tables).
Rooms are priced from £120 and if you’re not ready to elbow-tap farewell to your fellow revellers, the offer lets you bring up to six guests back to your room for a late-night party bubble. It’s just £20 a head.
Meanwhile, The Hoxton is raising the stakes and offering rooms free of charge — so long as you’re happy to hit it hard on the lobster and whisky. Spend more than £200 in its Seabird or Rondo restaurants in Southwark and Holborn and you’ll get a free room for the night to save you the journey home (and Uber surcharge). Just quote “early bird” in your booking for two between 4pm and 6pm to book your spot.
Rooms are becoming the hottest new menu item across many of the capital’s restaurants. In Kensington, the world’s first boutique hotel Blakes — a favourite with A-listers including Victoria Beckham — is offering 25 per cent off rooms for guests who decide to book during or after dinner, while riverside hotspot Sea Containers, the official partner for London Cocktail Week, is running a 15 per cent discount for drinkers who fancy a nightcap and a sleepover. Quote LONCOCKTAIL when booking a bedroom until the end of the month.
For ultimate comfort, book a stay at Shangri-La at the Shard and you don’t even have to leave the room. It’s £180 Dining In The Sky package is a private-dining experience in a reconfigured guest room overlooking the city’s skyline (the bed is taken out and set up for dining). Kick off your heels after the office and sit back for a glass of champagne, three-course dinner and half a bottle of wine before settling down for bed. 10pm is just the beginning.