Afternoon tea at The Landmark London remains one of the most sought after in town. This is due to the Winter Garden, which showcases the property’s opulent Victorian design. The same stateliness echoes through its Grand Ballroom – picture high, stucco ceilings and white-marble columns – which turns conferences and banquets into elegant affairs. At the small end of its room lineup, groups can check into the Tower Suite for well-heeled private dinners or big-wig meetings in tasteful grey-velvet chairs. With Marylebone station a few metres from the hotel’s covered entrance, arriving by rail is a perfectly pleasant endeavour.