Checking into The Cumberland Hotel in London

PA Life checked into a central London hotel with a difference. The Cumberland Hotel, also formerly known as the Hard Rock Hotel is still the most rocking hotel in London with live music performances every night of the week.

The vast 900-room Cumberland Hotel is located in a prime position off Oxford Street and Marble Arch, on the corner of Hyde Park, one of the most beautiful parks in London. Its central location makes it the perfect base from which to access the rest of London, whether you are visiting for leisure or business. And if you want to stay in the hotel after a busy day, you’ll find everything you need with a buzzing bar, a restaurant, an executive lounge, a gym and fantastic Wi-Fi of course. They also cater for meetings and events and have plenty of room options to choose from.

Eat and drink at The Cumberland Hotel

The large hotel lobby and reception area is the heart of the hotel and a hub of activity. As soon as you step inside from the street you are taken aback with a striking sight of colour and lights. The centre of area is dominated by a large circular bar, the SOUND Bar, and the restaurant, SOUND Cafe, is right behind it, in front of the large stage. A great spot to enjoy live music over a delicious cocktail or a drink of your choice.

You instantly get the feeling of quirkiness in a very fun way when you arrive at this eclectic hotel.

After enjoying a pre-dinner bubbles at the VIP Backstage Lounge we felt pretty peckish and were ready to head over to the SOUND Cafe. We were seated near the stage where a guitar and singer due were performing great pop covers – very enjoyable indeed. The restaurant serves a great selection of burgers, steaks, Mexican favourites and salads to satisfy most tastes.

There are are also plenty of comfortable looking seating areas for you to chill with friends and rather take it all in from a distance. But do take a walk around as not to miss the great collection of music memorabilia and themed decorations gracing the lobby. There are very Instagrammable spots spread throughout the hotel, from photobooth taxis to robot waiters.

If you are staying overnight, make sure to enjoy the breakfast in the Green Room. As well as a full English, you can opt for freshly brewed coffee, a variety of pastries, plenty of healthy choices and local delicacies.

Take your meeting to the Backstage Lounge for a spot of privacy

The exclusive Backstage Lounge is a haven reserved for hotel guests. Open all day after breakfast until 10pm is offers a serene retreat from the busy main lounge. You can savour complimentary gourmet delights, drinks and coffee throughout the day.

There is even an electric guitar there if your fancy playing a tune or two. In fact, the hotel has plenty of guitars available for any guest who wished to have a go. They can also arrange for a lesson for you. That really is trying true to their music heritage.

What are the meeting and event spaces like?

The Cumberland Hotel offers seventeen meeting rooms accommodating any size meeting from six up to 400 people in the Arena. It’s perfect for central London board or business meetings, as well as larger events and conferences. You will be able to stay well connected with free, fast Wi-Fi throughout the venue.

Sweet dreams are made this… and of luxurious hotel rooms

At Cumberland Hotel you really can indulge in the most luxurious rooms and suites with a rocking level of personal service. It’s music to your ears, and The Cumberland, London is perfectly in tune. From Studio Suite, Classic Single or Gold Family rooms, the hotel has a fantastic choice of newly refurbished luxury rooms.

We settled into the Deluxe Suite, complete with a retro LP player and as soon as the needle hit the vinyl, we knew we found something unique and special. The genres of the vinyls were were great with a superb collection. The uplifting mood this hotel encompasses hits you instantaneously. We even had our very own electric guitar – all guests can ask for one. The room came with a minibar, drinks trolley and a Hollywood mirror with markings of the height of famous guests from Kylie to Steve Wonder. That just for starters made us feel more like Jimmy Hendrix than Jimmy Hendrix himself!

We were treated to a complimentary minibar which can be refilled three times a day, a bottle of prosecco and chocolates, as well as popcorn and snacks. Rose petals and fruit platters awaited – very romantic. If you are looking for the celebrity wow factor or for special occasion this is a hotel to keep firmly on your radar. The sense of fun, happiness, serotonin, and escapism was a refreshing treat.

The beds were spacious, and very clean and comfy, with a turn down service each night, they even leave you with eye masks and robes and slippers and you don’t even need to take your own toothbrush! We certainly danced like no-one was watching and sang a very happy evening away….a one night stay could have easily turned into a week and still wouldn’t have been long enough!