In the fourteenth century, as now, traders were the top dogs in the Square Mile. But rather than sitting at dual screen monitors with multiple phones pressed against their heads, they were quite literally trading, and instead of investment banks it was the Livery Companies who controlled commerce. It is these Livery Companies, which still exist, that The City’s latest hotel celebrates.
Vintry & Mercer is set to open in March and is named after the Vintners, who traded wine, and the Mercers, who traded fine fabrics. But while the hotel may pay homage to these ancient organisations, the hotel itself promises to be utterly contemporary.
Vintry & Mercer will have 92 rooms, each one individually decorated, including a number of suites with glass panelled balconies looking toward the Southbank and taking in its skyline, plus there will be a gym with the latest equipment from Life Fitness. The public spaces will acknowledge the history of the Mercers with bespoke fabrics and old trading maps in the rooms, hallways and dining spaces. The hotel, located on Garlick Hill in The City, will be a welcome addition to the accommodation options in the area. But this is also a highly anticipated arrival for us locals as well given the hotel also boasts three distinct destinations.
The Vintry Kitchen will act as a relaxed wine bar with leather banquette seating and marble-topped tables. It will be open all day and serve Mediterranean small plates throughout. The wine bar is also a nod toward the vintner heritage of the hotel and will have an evolving menu of wines.
Roof terraces are all the rage, and rightly so, and the Mercer Roof Terrace will offer views over London’s Southbank and St Paul’s, also taking in the Tate Modern and The Shard, and will be formed of a covered, glass-walled, area and an outside area, complete with a charcoal oven and a menu of farm-to-plate dishes to be enjoyed al fresco.
Finally the speakeasy cocktail bar beneath the hotel, Do Not Disturb (or DND) will be inspired by the New York speakeasies of the 1920s. Open evenings between Monday and Saturday it will be accessible from it’s own entrance on the cobbles of Garlick Hill.
Vintry & Mercer: opens in March, 19-20 Garlick Hill, The City, EC4V 2AU, www.vintryandmercer.com