There’s a new kid on the 5* hotel block: The Lalit London. Opening in January, The Lalit London will be the first overseas property from The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group who set new standards of luxury in India with their 11-strong portfolio.
The five-star boutique hotel will marry together Victorian architecture with the best of Indian hospitality, cuisine and culture. It’s taking up residence on Queen Elizabeth Street, near Tower Bridge; a Grade II listed property designed by Edward Mountford (he also designed the Old Bailey). It’s also housed St Olave’s Grammar School and Lambeth College and is now being redeveloped by EPR Architects (The In & Out and Fortnum & Mason).
Archer Humphryes (Chiltern Firehouse) is overseeing the interior design and each one of the 70 guestrooms will be different in design and layout, but all will make use of traditional fabrics and the finest Indian materials and artefacts. If you can, get a bedroom on the top floor – they’ll boast 30-foot high ceilings. Roomy. The Headmaster’s Room has been transformed into a luxury suite, whilst the former Governors’ Room will be converted into a cocktail bar with an elaborate plaster ceiling. The former Great Hall, once the place of assemblies and P.E lessons no doubt, will have its timber panelling, vaulted ceiling and gallery restored, to provide the perfect backdrop for Baluchi – the pan-Indian restaurant. Outside will be the work of Parisian landscape artist Olivier Vecchierini – dramatic topiary creations and Indian sculptures will sit alongside a spacious terrace for al fresco dining.
The hotel will also be home to Rejuve – The Spa, the award-winning facility will offer holistic experiences including aroma, ayurvedic, herbal and natural therapies, patented colour healing and yoga.
Time to welcome it to the London hotel family.
The Lalit London: Opens January 2017, 181 Tooley Street, London Bridge, SE1 2JR, www.thelalit.com
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Written by: Emily Gray