The Hospital Club, Covent Garden, London: hotel review

This swanky London stay with great service and top-notch (though pricey) rooms is a favourite haunt of media types – just be glad there are plenty of breakfast and dinner options a few steps away

It is 7pm and a very nice man called David is wheeling a cocktail trolley into my bedroom. He wants to make me an (excellent) old-fashioned before dinner. True, it feels a little awkward. I don’t have “staff”. What is the etiquette here? Can I carry on unpacking? Would phoning my wife to gloat be poor form? But as the small talk flows (easily, actually), I decide: “OK. Bit weird. But I could get used to it.”

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