From makeovers of historical abodes to spectacular, super-sized, full-service apartments, London’s hotel offering has upped its game again in the past year.
KETTNER’S TOWNHOUSE LONDON
If walls could talk, Kettner’s tales would be enthralling. First opened over 150 years ago by Napoleon III’s former chef, this legendary French restaurant was once the haunt of Oscar Wilde – and its newly-opened hotel is fast becoming hot property too. The bedrooms are few but fabulous, with richly-textured wallpaper, vintage furniture and deep-soak standalone bathtubs.
Set in an old textile factory – where the owners’ father used to work – New Road Hotel is the home of Marco Pierre White’s latest restaurant, Mr. White’s English Chophouse. While that’s certainly a boon for business, the hotel doesn’t rest on its laurels: expect excellent service, edgy interior design, and Loft rooms with al fresco London-view hot tubs.
Capturing the creativity and cultural clout of Southwark, The Dixon champions local craftsmen: everything from the imposing marble staircase to the hotel’s own coffee blend are British-made. The result? A wholly unique twist on a much-loved heritage property (it’s over 100 years old) that’s guaranteed to set your Insta alight.
Where: City of London
For longer London stays, these ten spectacular apartments top anywhere else in the city. Each one boasts views of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, and combines the comfort and ease of a hotel with the luxury of a private (and huge) apartment. The Four Seasons hotel – and its Michelin-starred dining, spa and fitness centre – is a mere elevator ride below.
BELMOND CADOGAN HOTEL
Guests at these luxurious lodgings will be given the keys to Cadogan Place gardens – one of Chelsea’s most beautiful gated retreats. Festooned with English roses, fruit trees, and plenty of quiet nooks for a picnic, it’s a little rural idyll in the heart of the city. Just as you’d expect from the Belmond brand, the hotel itself
Where: City of London
With its leather door handles, silken upholstery and velvet headboards, Vintry & Mercer feels more like a heritage property than a newbie (it’s just a few months old), but those plush interiors were inspired by the area’s illustrious textile-trading past. For front-row views of London’s skyline (from the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral to the tip of The Shard, head to the Mercer Roof Terrace.
WHITE CITY HOTEL
Where: White City
White City House, the BBC’s former Television Centre, is one of London’s greatest cultural icons – so all eyes were on its transformation into a members’ club and hotel last year. It didn’t disappoint. With just 45 rooms, a fabulous rooftop pool, and exquisite dining in the Canteen (one of many nods to the building’s history), it’s an interesting and intimate retreat.
Behind the soaring archways of its ornate 19th-century facade lies the most extravagant newcomer in London. After an £85 million revamp, the Kimpton is pristine and palatial: all multi-coloured marble and rich dark woods, with chandeliers the size of small cars. Opt for a corner suite, and you can gaze over Bloomsbury from your gold-trimmed tub.
Inspired by the area’s theatrical heritage (the West End is just a stone’s throw away) L’oscar’s interiors feel deliciously vaudeville: think glittering chandeliers and velvety claret tones. Jaques Garcia – creator of New York’s The NoMad Hotel – is the design mastermind, while Michelin-starred chef Tony Fleming brings the culinary clout.
GREAT SCOTLAND YARD HOTEL
Another of London’s great landmarks to be reborn as a five-star hotel, Great Scotland Yard (the former HQ of London’s Metropolitan Police) promises decadent suites and destination dining – though at time of press, the opening date hasn’t yet been confirmed. But if you’re in town after this £110 million hotel has launched, it would be criminal (sorry) to not take a look.
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