Hotel Hit Squad: Vintry & Mercer is a bright and charming arrival in the City of London, but it’s not without its niggly shortcomings


I suffer terribly from second-hand nerves when a trendy new London hotel opens. Most of the newer establishments suffer from a combination of masterly attention to detail and disgraceful basic negligence. They forget the milk when serving tea in their elegant Wedgwood cups. Rooms have bergamot shower foam but unconnected telephones. Cocktails are served with hand-picked exotic herbs but too much ice. Inexperienced staff wear limp expressions and ironic bow ties. 

So when I first walked into freshly opened Vintry & Mercer, London’s hotel flavour of the month, I had butterflies on the establishment’s behalf. Would I be rushing to recommend it to all my friends – and parents’ friends – visiting…

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