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This London Hotel Will Pamper You And Your Pets

With an extensive pet room service menu and welcoming open-door policy for animals of all types and breeds, Kimpton Fitzroy London is one of the most pet-friendly hotels in the capital.

Pets aren’t just permitted at the five-star Kimpton Fitzroy London in leafy Bloomsbury, they’re welcomed with open arms. Thanks to an animal-friendly philosophy and the pet-focused amenities to match, pets of all breeds and sizes are welcomed to stay at the hotel for free, as long as they fit through the door and into the hotel lifts. There’s even a dedicated Director of Pet Relations in place to source pet-friendly room set-ups and snack boxes upon arrival.

Recently, the hotel launched a new room pet service menu by local sustainable pet food producer Marleybones. The new ap-PET-isers menu has been crafted by certified animal nutritionists and caters to dogs and cats, as well as smaller pets like rabbits, hedgehogs and hamsters. Most of the menu items sound good enough to share, like the Hoppy Rainbow for rabbits, with blueberries, chard, kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, and (of course) carrots. These farm-to-bowl gourmet meals can be tailored by size and tastes, so that even the pickiest pampered pets are accommodated.

Spacious rooms—especially the massive, 730-square-feet corner suites—are perfect for pets too, with dark, hardwood floors; high-quality (but not too fussy) fabrics; and an elegant modern-classic design with pops of whimsy. (Think: Kit Miles decorative pillows; creamy, canopy beds; fire-engine red rotary telephones; and vetiver-scented toiletries by The Perfumer’s Story.) The free-standing, gold-tapped bathtubs provide a particularly luxe touch.

Right across the street from Russell Square Garden and within walking distance of Regent’s Park, Hyde Park and Green Park, Kimpton Fitzroy London is fantastic for dogs in particular, and many of the nearby restaurants are happy to accommodate pets.

Beyond its pet policy, the hotel has an impressive pedigree in its own right. Built by famed Victorian architect Charles Fitzroy Doll (who was also responsible for designing the dining room on the RMS Titanic), this stately property first opened its doors in 1900 as Hotel Russel. In 2018, it became the Kimpton Fitzroy London and Kimpton Hotels & Resorts’ European flagship. History is alive and well throughout the 334-key hotel but especially in the grand lobby and entrance foyer, with impressive Pyrenean marble staircase; intricate Zodiac mosaic flooring; and glass displays featuring historic ledges and newspaper clippings that date back to the hotel’s early days.

The hotel also boasts a new restaurant Galvin Bar & Grill, by esteemed brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin (of the Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle) in collaboration with Head Chef Adam Gray. Carnivores will rejoice over the beef-heavy menu that bills itself as modern British fare but is actually quite traditional with expertly cooked dry-aged steaks sourced from Mywood Farm in Wiltshire and Cheswell Grange Farm in Shropshire, plus all the standard sides, like buttery heritage carrots and velvety, whipped potatoes. Galvin Bar & Grill resides in the hotel’s lofty, ornate dining room, which Fitzroy Doll used as inspiration for his dining room on RMS Titanic.

If you don’t have a pet of your own, say hello to the hotel’s unofficial mascot, Lucky George, a bronze dragon statue based on the second-floor staircase. Legend has it that Lucky George had an identical twin, who went down with the RMS Titanic (thus Lucky George’s moniker). Tradition dictates that guests should rub his head for good luck when passing on the staircase.

Kimpton Fitzroy London’s Pet-Kation package starts at £309 per night for two adults and one pet, including a one-night stay in an Urban Double; breakfast; pet-friendly set-up and amenities upon arrival; and in-room dining via the ap-PET-isers menu. Book via email ([email protected]) or online.