5 New Hotels Hit The British Capital
The famous poet, writer, essayist and scholar of the enlightenment, Samuel Johnson, once remarked that “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” Today, his great admiration for the British capital holds truer than ever. Resilient in its resolve, London holds firm against global shifting global tides and challenges – providing a veritable cornucopia of options to entertain and sustain its citizens and visitors.
Through war and pandemics, the British capital’s vibrant hospitality industry has proven that it will not be deterred from claiming its place among the upper echelons of the world’s best. Indeed, Johnson’s maxim remains true; “London has all that life can afford” as new hotel openings continue to be announced every month.
DDW takes a sneak peak at the very best new hotels to come:
Proudly inhabiting Covent Garden’s historic Victorian Bow Street Magistrates’ Court, this NYC import is the latest from American hoteliers, the Sydell Group. Boasting 91 hotel rooms alongside an exciting new restaurant and bar, this property promises to bridge the Atlantic, bringing NY cool with a dash of London grandeur to the capital.
As with Sydell’s previous projects (such as banker-inspired Soho House member’s club/hotel The Ned) the building’s heritage will be preserved across the design. NY firm Roman & Williams play on the property’s previous lives as a Court House (where characters such as the Krays, Oscar Wilde and Pinochet were tried) and police station, integrating many original elements into the design (the building’s original Magistrates’ Courtroom will be reimagined as a space for private events and gatherings while a museum with rotating exhibitions will honour the history of the Metropolitan Police Force).
The chicest hotel in Paris lands its first outpost outside of France in London’s fashionable Sloane Square. Nestled on a side street off of the square and within an Edwin Thomas Hall designed building (architect of the iconic Liberty shop in central London) this hotel promises to give real global cool points to the once quiet Chelsea area. Hotel Costes in Paris is famous for oozing glamour and being a favourite haunt of the city’s chicest residents and travellers (a visit here is almost guaranteed to be accompanied by a celebrity sighting) and many anticipate that it will draw the same loyal fanbase to its London home.
Denmark Street has long been the home of British rock n roll. Known as the birthplace of the British music scene it is the place where The Rolling Stones recorded their first album, the Sex Pistols once lived, Chrissie Hynde spent time, Ziggy Stardust was born and Elton John first played Tiny Dancer. Recently, the once neglected Denmark St area has been revitalised by Uk firm Outernet with a view to restore it to its former cultural glory. Part of that development is Chateau Denmark a 55 room independent hotel and apartments.
Set across 16 characterful buildings in and around Denmark St (preserving the original 17th Century facades on both sides), rooms have been designed by renowned interiors team Taylor Howes in a style they describe as “punk, rock and gothic meets grandeur and psychedelia”. Each room is nicknamed as a ‘session room’, taking the guest through a figurative journey of the street’s most prolific days; starting with four themes ‘‘Vintage Gothic – charm and dramatic intrigue, “Timeless Grandeur” – opulent and indulgent Victorian-era aesthetic, ‘Modern Psychedelia’ – 60s and 70s London to life through texture, finishes and palettes and ‘Punk Now’ – a modern interpretation of the raw, anti-establishment movement.”.
Nobu Hotel Portman Square
Nobu’s second hotel in London arrives this winter at London’s beautiful Portman Square. Combining award-winning Japanese fusion cuisine alongside the brand’s celebrated contemporary luxury design, this 249 room hotel will be a marquee location for the capital. Conceptualised by interior design firm David Collins Studio with Make Architects and with a feature bar, restaurant and gym this is sure to be a new hotspot for trendsetter and visitors alike.
A second location for the hotel brand credited with originally inventing the modern ‘boutique hotel’, Blakes Grosvenor will be a 30 bedroom masterpiece centred around the creative industries and the “charming spirit” of Mayfair. Encompassing a hotel, a private member’s club and a 120 cover all day Parisienne style restaurant this will be “an erudite, elegant and creatively intelligent” hotel says owner Navid Mirtorabi.