Discovery Destination: London Syon Park Hotel

If summer living in the city is getting a little much, but you haven’t got the time to jump on a plane, a mini-break at a luxury country hotel is always a welcome alternative (or addition to) a longer trip overseas, all the more so if you’re lucky enough to catch a couple of days with good weather.

In an ideal world, your magnificent five-star destination would even allow you to avoid hours of stress on the motorway, with a location close to both central London and Heathrow, whilst providing you with vast acres of beautiful parkland, an indulgent spa, top culinary dining experiences and state-of-the-art rooms.

Throw in a butterfly house. sundae bar and the iconic New York-chic reputation of the Waldorf Astoria, and what you have is London Syon Park; the capital’s “newest luxury hotel”; a “smart, stylish, new-build property” set in the Duke of Northumberland’s 400-year-old country home, not far from Kew Gardens.