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The Handbook

From rooms where Kate Moss has indulged in champagne baths to the place David Bowie famously hung up his Ziggy Stardust alter ego for good, we take a look at some of Britain’s most rock ‘n’ roll hotels that you can bed down in for the night like a rockstar.

Ever fantasied about checking-in for a night of hedonism, turning it up to 11 and throwing TVs out the window? Well, Britain plays home to some seriously cool hotels with rock ‘n’ roll ingrained in their walls. From the new Margate opening owned by one of the UK’s most iconic indie bands to the plush Regent Street five star that’s seen everyone from Bowie to Jagger party at, these are the five most rock ‘n’ roll hotels in Britain.

The Albion Rooms, Margate

Iconic indie rockers The Libertines have swapped headlining festivals and making the headlines for all the wrong reasons for a career in hotels.

The Albion Rooms was opened by the band this September in painfully on-trend Margate (also known as Shoreditch-on-Sea), much to the delight of the band’s loyal fan base. It’s taken the band, fronted by Peter Doherty and Carl Barât, three years to get the project up and running, much to the dismay of the hotel’s neighbours who weren’t thrilled at the thought of sharing a street with one of the most hedonistic bands of recent years.

But it’s finally here and it looks really rather nice, with tasteful interiors designed by Anna Hayman, a fine dining menu created by acclaimed chef Joe Hill,  and a snug basement bar, The Waste Land, dedicated to bringing poetry, life drawing, music, dancing and comedy to the hotel’s guests.

The seven-room residence references the Libertines and their lyrics throughout and will see no shortness of rock ‘n’ roll with a state of the art recording studio built in.

A fine Arcadian bolthole, a perfect place to recline, write, and record, with rejoicing and knees up a plenty.

Doherty describes the hotel as, “a fine Arcadian bolthole, a perfect place for prophets new inspired, to recline, write, record, with rejoicing and knees up a plenty.” While Barât adds, “It might be a while before we challenge The Savoy or The Grand Budapest in the hotel stakes, but we’ve put a lot of love into this. It’s a colourful and inspiring home for the Libertines and I look forward to the Albion Rooms being our very own Warholian Factory.”

The Libertines at The Albion Rooms
The Albion Rooms, Margate

Rooms start at £114.00 a night (inc. breakfast).

The Albion Rooms, 31 Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2HL

 www.thealbionrooms.live

The Columbia, London

To London’s Bayswater now and a reopening with a four-decade history dedicated to music. The Columbia, which looks over pretty Kensington Gardens, has played host to some of Britain’s greatest musicians, from Oasis to the late Amy Winehouse. They’ve just reopened with a stunning revamp, including five private dining lounges and intimate day-to-night bars showcasing artwork from emerging talent that guests can buy.

It’s the private lounges that are perhaps the most interesting part of the revamp, not only providing guests, celebrity or otherwise, with a place to dine without prying eyes but in probably the most COVID-safe environment in London. The five private lounges even have their own private bathrooms which we’re sure is welcomed by hedonistic rockstars.

Up in the rooms, expect a mix of mid-century modern walnut woods and chintzy bedspreads for a fabulously retro feel. And the piece de resistance: a 1970’s original avocado bathroom – utterly outdated but somehow totally stylish – to provide Instagram ops a plenty.

The hotel are also offering 50% off on bedrooms right now to celebrate the reopening.

The Columbia, 95-99 Lancaster Gate, Bayswater, London W2 3NS

www.thecolumbia.co.uk

Chateaux Denmark, London

You’ll have to wait until summer 2021 for this one but given the year we’ve just been handed, we’re well and truly accustomed to waiting a little longer for things to open.

Chateau Denmark has been inspired by the birthplace of the British music scene, opening on the iconic Denmark Street, best-known for it’s music-filled history and array of guitar shops. It’s where The Rolling Stones recorded their first album, Jimi Hendrix frequented, the Sex Pistols once lived, Chrissie Hynde spent time and where many believe Ziggy Stardust was born.

The hotel is unique in that it’s made up of 55 session rooms and apartments all set across 16 buildings with four distinct narratives running through the design. There’s  ‘Vintage Gothic,’ all dark and dramatic; ‘Timeless Grandeur’ which plays to an opulent and indulgent Victorian-era aesthetic. ‘Modern Psychedelia’ which naturally brings a 60s and 70s flair to the hotel through its interiors; and finally, ‘Punk Now,’ a modern interpretation of the raw, anti-establishment movement.

Chateau Denmark, Denmark Street, London WC2H 8LS

www.chateaudenmark.com

The Portobello Hotel, London

If you’re looking to dip your toe into a history of rock ‘n’ roll but aren’t quite ready for full on Pete Doherty vibes, Notting Hill’s Portobello Hotel should be on your must-visit list.

The hotel’s well documented past includes tales of Kate Moss and Johnny Depp sharing a champagne bath together in room 16 and Alice Cooper keeping his pet snake there. Tina Turner was supposedly so taken with the hotel that she bought the house next door.

The Portobello has undergone a huge redesign and now boasts some of the most beautiful, grown-up interiors you’ll find in the capital.

Think less champagne baths, all-nighters and TVs out the window, more 21 bedrooms of individually designed gorgeous interiors, inspired by everything from Moroccan souks to sprawling country houses.

We’d quite happily move in in true rockstar style for the foreseeable.

Rooms from £150 per night.

The Portobello Hotel, 22 Stanley Gardens, Notting Hill, London W11 2NG

www.portobellohotel.com

Hotel Café Royal, London

Bowie fans need to add Hotel Café Royal to their visit list, even if it’s just a drop-in for a drink at the hotel’s famous Ziggy Bar.

It was here that in 1973 David Bowie famously retired his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust and to celebrate, had a ‘Last Supper’ in the hotel’s bar with  other icons such as Mick Jagger, Lou Reed and many others.

The bar is now an ode to the famous musician, with iconic pictures donning the walls and a creative cocktail list inspired by the man himself.

But it wasn’t just rockstars that the magic of the hotel brought in, but many an A-lister, from Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton to Muhammad Ali and Brigitte Bardot.

In addition to Ziggy’s, which really is worth a visit even if you’re not bedding down for the night, the hotel has plenty going on, from the macaron-hued bedrooms and suites to its Cakes & Bubbles dessert restaurant, headed up by the ‘World’s Best Pastry Chef’, Albert Adrià.

It was here that David Bowie famously retired his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust.

Rooms from £395 per night.

Hotel Café Royal, 10 Air St, Soho, London W1B 4DY

www.hotelcaferoyal.com


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