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Find a spot to relax in the Garden Room, with the “living wall” — a vertical garden stretching eight stories up — as a backdrop, or enjoy a lavish afternoon tea service (the “Gentleman’s” tea includes savory items and a dram of whisky). If you really want to feel like a local, however, book one of the luxury apartments in the Victorian townhouses. Complete with a kitchenette, stylish sitting room, and private entrance, these suites will make you feel like you’ve decided to call London home rather than bop in for a short stay. The townhouses are where many A-listers have had discreet stays (Steven Spielberg reportedly set up an editing suite and cut E.T., Close Encounters, and Indiana Jones there), so be on the lookout: You might get a star sighting at no extra charge. AthaeneumHotel.com