2017 has been a fantastic year for hotels, from the humungous to the little boutiques, there has been a variety popping up all over London. With 2018 just round the corner it’s time that The Handbook takes you on a little trip down memory lane of all the best hotel openings this year. In time for you to start thinking bout all the fabulous nights you might wish to spend hold up in a glamorous establishment somewhere in London.
What: Boutique Hotel in Covent Garden
Why: The Henrietta aptly named, opened on Henrietta street this April. The bold colours, brass bedside lights, 70s retro armchairs with brushed aluminium elements inspired by Pierre Paulin, Carrara marble skirting, Terazzo shape carpets and Dorothée’s famous hand-made bed heads resembling Milanese door frames, not only look beautiful but have gone down a storm with guests. It’s the perfect boutique experience with only 18 bedrooms and one restaurant, so no getting lost when you wobble in late, or early morning tired and partied out.
Where: 14-15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH
What: For the Modern Traveller
Why: From the novelty of having no reception to being one of the only hotels in central London where you can grab a night for under £100. This is for the modern traveller, bringing everything you need: comfort, without the extra frilly bits. The Pilgrm has brought something a little different to the Hotel market this year.
Where: Norfolk Square, Paddington, W2 1RT
What: New From Soho House
Why: What happens when London-based Soho House & Co and New York’s Sydell Group join forces? The Ned. Housing nine restaurants, 252 bedrooms, a club, rooftop pool, gym, spa, hamam and late night bar. This hotel was one of the biggest to hit our London streets as it took over the iconic former Midland Bank building – designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924.
Where: 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
What: The Second Four Seasons Hotel in London
Why: Inspired by its heritage, (the building was the past headquarters of the Port of London Authority) the hotel features maritime-inspired detailing, 100 bedrooms including 11 suites, 41 private residences, a spa, fitness centre, vitality pool and an indoor pool. When it comes to private rooms, there’s the circular Merchant’s Hall and the wood panelled UN Ballroom. There are three restaurants, the Rotunda under the dome; a new Asian concept restaurant Mei Ume, and La Dame de Pic.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
What: Nobu's First European Hotel
Why: With two iconic London restaurants and hotels across the world, Nobu finally opened their first European hotel on Willow Street in Shoreditch. It features 150 rooms, 7 suites, state of the art modern features and a 240 cover Nobu restaurant with outdoor courtyard. As with the restaurants on Berkeley Street and Old Park Lane, all the food and drinks will be developed by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa uniquely for the hotel.
Where: 10-50 Willow Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4BH
What: Victorian Architecture Meets Indian Hospitality
Why: The five-star boutique hotel created the perfect marriage between Victorian architecture and the best of Indian hospitality, cuisine and culture. It resides on Queen Elizabeth Street, near Tower Bridge; a Grade II listed property designed by Edward Mountford (he also designed the Old Bailey).
Where: 181 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JR
Victory House London Leicester Square MGallery by Sofitel
What: Leicester Square's New Hotel
Why: Victory House an 86 room boutique hotel right on the square, overlooking the red carpets and hustle and bustle of Leicester Square. Designed by architects Michaelis Boyd, the interiors reflect the deep cinematic history of the area with each room featuring 1950s film icons, black and white Art Deco interiors and soft teal, grey and beige furnishings.
Where: 14 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BZ
The Curtain Hotel
What: NYC Hotelier Comes to London
Why: Michael Achenbaum, the New York hotelier arrived in London this year with The Curtain. Designed by international hospitality firm Duncan Miller Ullman, the rooms channel a rustic-industrial style and are divided up into four categories ranging from Courtyard and City to larger Loft and Loft Terrace rooms. You’ll also find four Shoreditch Suites and one deluxe suite, The Curtain Suite. Partnering with Jon Squirrell of The Vault Gym, The Curtain’s 24-hour fitness centre offers guests personalised training and a variety of classes including early-morning BOOM Cycle classes and yoga.
Where: 45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 4PT
Park Plaza London Waterloo
What: State of the Art Waterloo Hotel
Why: This year the former premises which housed the Central Office of Information, the UK government’s former marketing and communication agency, became a state of the art new hotel the Park Plaza London Waterloo, with an impressive 494 rooms, Mandara Spa and Florentine restaurant. It’s also in the ideal location for exploring London, right by Waterloo station.
Where: Hercules House, 6 Hercules Road, Lambeth, SE1 7DU
The Trafalgar St James Hotel
What: Canopy Rooftop Is The Talk Of Trafalgar Square
Why: Located in the heart of London, this iconic Trafalgar Square hotel has undergone a complete transformation and is set to be one of the hottest hotels in the capital, with a major emphasis on being a food and drink destination for Londoners and international visitors alike.
Where: 2 Spring Gardens, St. James's, SW1A 2TS