Over the past couple of years, worker mental health has been a major talking point for companies. With employees being asked to work from home for months and only interacting with colleagues virtually, there has been a focus on how companies can ensure the well-being of their staff.
Wellness is “more than a buzzword,” Naz Beheshti told Forbes. Corporate wellness has “come a long way in the past two decades” and is an $8 billion a year industry. Yet stress and burnout “are at epidemic levels.”
A loosening of restrictions has seen workers return to offices across the country. And in the City of London in particular, the capital’s financial district has come back to life.
If staff burnout is a problem for any City business, fortunately there is a solution. Because the big return to work coincided with the opening of The Westin London City – a new five-star retreat on the banks of the Thames. Here, wellness is not a buzzword, it’s a way of life.
why come here
It is the first UK property of luxury brand Westin Hotels & Resorts and also the 1,000th hotel in the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It held its soft opening in November and was officially launched last month.
With its proximity to London’s financial district, and a few minutes’ walk from Mansion House, Cannon Street and Bank tube stations, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s just another business hotel. . However, there is no congestion here.
Designed by British architects Dexter Moren Associates, the Westin is simply stunning. The look is elegant, the atmosphere is relaxed and the facilities are first class. There are 222 rooms, including the lavish duplex and the St Paul’s Presidential Suite.
The philosophy of well-being is also felt throughout the hotel. The comfortable rooms are all equipped with Heavenly Beds and on the ground floor of the Heavenly Spa by Westin there are six treatment rooms and an indoor swimming pool. For the more active visitors, the state-of-the-art WestinWORKOUT fitness studio offers TRX exercise equipment and Peloton bikes.
Eat and drink
It’s not all work and no play at the Westin. Because when workouts are over, guests can order 24-hour room service or relax at the hotel’s two restaurants: Mosaic Restaurant and Hithe + Seek Wine Bar.
For all-day dining, the bright and airy Mosaic offers a menu of international cuisine with nutritious dishes from sustainable sources. But after dark, head to the third floor and sample a range of wines, cocktails and delicious plates.
Overlooking the River Thames with fantastic views of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and Tate Modern art gallery, Hithe + Seek is a classy place to spend an evening.
At this chic bar, wine is the hero and the list is made up of 80 varieties and divided into two sections – Hithe, which features ‘old world’ favourites, and Seek, which features undiscovered ‘new world’ gems. world”.
As we were enjoying a night out on the town, we decided cocktails were the way to go. Highlights included the 1666 (£14, with Laphroaig, Amaretto, IPA and rosemary reduction, and fresh lemon) and The Corn Harbor (£14, with Woodford Reserve, corn infused syrup, egg white and fresh lemon) . Both looked and tasted amazing.
For food, from the ‘Hithe’ menu we chose the lamb kofta, tzatziki and flatbread (£9) and from the ‘Seek’ we had the Westholme steak sandwich with ripe cheddar and bacon jam (£16). On the recommendation of the staff, the latter was accompanied by a glass of St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz (£12.50), a red wine from the Barossa Valley region of South Australia. Delicious.
Hithe + Seek has also launched its new Seekers wine club. Each month, the bar hosts an event, and membership includes a free “unusual bottle” chosen by wine curator Erin Summers, as well as access to wine advice and wine pairing tips. Membership costs £40 per month.
Out and about
With its proximity to the “Square Mile” and its location on the River Thames, the Westin London City truly enjoys a fantastic location.
If you want to venture away from the bedroom, spa, or wine bar, a stroll down the South Rim is recommended. As mentioned, directly across the river you can indulge in some culture by visiting the Globe or the Tate Modern.
Staying on the hotel side of the River Thames, things to see in the city include iconic attractions such as Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral, shopping at historic Leadenhall Market and a dip into the capital’s history at Museum of London.
The Westin London City, 60 Upper Thames St., London EC4V 3EH. Double rooms start from £309; marriott.co.uk