Originally designed by Lewis Cubitt and opened on 17th May 1854, The Great Northern Hotel in King's Cross, one of the first examples of the great railway hotels, is the oldest purpose built hotel in London - original features which have been restored for its 2013 reopening include the facade, windows, lead-lined gutters, cast iron grilles and drainpipes. Emerging from a 12-year closure - to make way for the Channel Tunnel rail link and improvements to Kings Cross and St Pancras Station - the 19th century Grade II listed hotel has undergone a makeover by Dexter Moren Associates and emerged as a 91 luxury bedroom hotel with a bar and restaurant. Plum Spilt Milk is the 90-cover first floor restaurant and bar offering all day dining and a brasserie style menu, while the Great Northern Bar on the ground floor gives guests access from the hotel to the new £550 million King's Cross Station, leading to St Pancras International from where the Eurostar links London to Paris, Lille and Brussels.
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Cheney Road, London, N1C 4TB
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1st May 2013
1 Leicester Street, London, WC2H 7BL
From 1st May 2013 the 15-room St John Hotel is renamed One Leicester Street with chef patron, Tom Harris, still very much on board. The main change is the backing of Singaporean hotelier Peng Loh who has come on board, adding the hotel to the Unlisted Collection group - which also owns the Town Hall Hotel. Some minor refurbishment by Universal Design Studio has been applied to the interiors, with the public areas and rooms getting a soft refurb while the restaurant and bar get a more substantial makeover. Black ash timber dining chairs, sharp white tablecloths and copper pendant lights create a modern environment in the dining room. An awning covered terrace extends the restaurant outdoors so even if you haven't made a reservation you can stop for coffee or a light bite. But, most importantly, the Michelin starred restaurant, famous for its nose-to-tail food philosophy first pioneered by St John's original owners Trevor Gulliver and Fergus Henderson, remains firmly in place.
9th May 2013
160 Cromwell Road, London, SW5 0TL
Following a two year, 9 million pound face lift, the Hotel Xenia opened in May 2013 offering guests a boutique hotel with 99 rooms and one suite complete with a Turkish bath. This restored Victorian building, formerly home to the 2-star Majestic Hotel London, has been upgraded to include a tablet computer in every room, free Wifi and the Evoluzione restaurant which takes its lead from the nutritionist Chiara Manzi, serving Italian food with a healthy twist. There's also al fresco dining and two bars, one - the Living Wall bar - has a separate entrance, heated outdoor terrace, a herb garden and humidor. While the restaurant, Evoluzione, occupies the conservatory and hosts regular cooking demonstrations. Located just minutes from the Victoria and Albert Museum and Natural History Museum, and just a short ride from Knightsbridge, the hotel is ideally located for exploring some of London's best sites.
1st June 2013
10 Carlisle Street, London, W1D 3BR
The flagship hotel of the rebranded base2stay hotel group, The Nadler Soho takes over two 17th century houses and stitches them together with some newly built spaces to create a 78-room hotel behind a facade of Portland stone. Embracing the neighbourhood's edgy reputation, the smallest rooms are labelled the 'Got Lucky Rooms', just in case you do, you know, get lucky. If you want to stay in style choose one of the suites - The Nadler Deluxe Suite has a four-poster bed, a mini kitchen, and enough space to sleep four people while The Carlisle Suite promises "an exceptional experience" with sitting room, dining facilities and stunning views of Soho Square. All rooms come with mini kitchens and free WiFi, free digital papers and magazines, 32 inch LED TV, web radio and 8,000 track music library. Given its central Soho location it's surprisingly quiet - thanks to having no bar or restaurant (plenty of those on your doorstep) and proper soundproofing.
21st June 2013
56 Welbeck Street, London, W1G 9XH
Tube: Bond Street Station
For those coming to London for an extended stay (90 days or longer), 56 Welbeck Street, sister property to No. 5 Maddox Street, offers a choice of seven luxury apartments within an attractive Georgian townhouse in the picturesque district of Marylebone. Each apartment consists of a bedroom, sitting room and fully fitted kitchen designed around open-plan living spaces. Luxury living comes in the shape of a 24 hour concierge and maid service while designer touches include limited edition prints by Tracey Emin, Eames' chairs and vintage Moroccan Berber rugs. All apartments have MP3 docking stations, underfloor heading, Nespresso coffee machines and Smart TVs complete with Sky and Netflix. A welcome pack filled with Diptyque candles and free day passes to The Third Space makes visitors feel very welcome indeed.
11th September 2013
100 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JQ
Tube: Old Street Station
Hip US hotel group Ace hotels, a chain co-founded by Alex Calderwood and which began in Seattle, expanded to Portland, then opened in Palm Springs, and Manhattan, New York, comes to Shoreditch in September 2013, expanding from their US sites to add a London outpost. Their mission is to bring a "locally-inspired approach to design and development", giving "new life to challenged properties in emerging locations". In London that means 100 Shoreditch High Street, formerly a 10-year-old Crowne Plaza, becomes a trendy hotel with facade and interiors updated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby of Universal Design Studio, and Hoi Polloi restaurant and bar run by the people behind Bistrotheque and Shrimpy's with Square Mile Coffee Roasters on site. "The people who throng the Ace are fashionable, but not overly so; no one appears eager to turn heads with a striking outfit or outrageous hairstyle" says The New York Times of the Ace Hotel in an overlooked neighbourhood of Manhattan. Seems Ace and Shoreditch are a match made in hotel heaven.
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12th September 2013
10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NP
The former Berners Hotel in Fitzrovia, closed since 2006, was bought by Marriott International in November 2010 and will become the London Edition when it opens in 2013. The historic grade ll listed Berners Street building has had a £33 million makeover to become a luxury lifestyle hotel under the Edition brand, created by Marriott in partnership with legendary American hotelier Ian Schrager complete with a restaurant, Berner's Tavern, run by Jason Atherton. The building, which was originally built in 1835 as five separate houses, has had its facade restored to its former glory and the interior extensively refurbished to create a stylish 175-bedroom hotel. David Taylor, general manager of the Hoxton Hotel since its launch five-and-a-half years ago, has been appointed general manager. The Edition brand aims to be the 'antithesis of a chain', characterised by personalised and unique design spaces and modern service. For an idea of what we can expect from the London Edition, look at its already opened Istanbul sister which has a restaurant by Cipriani, a spa by ESPA with indoor swimming pool, a private screening room and nightclub. These hotels are the first of several new Editions with ten more planned in cities worldwide including Miami and New York, Beijing, Bangkok and Abu Dhabi.
252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN
The Rosewood hotel group is spending £85 million transforming the Chancery Court Hotel on High Holborn into a luxury hotel where guests enter through a wrought iron-gated carriageway into a courtyard with stonework reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance palazzo. Once inside Rosewood London, the seven-story marble staircase sweeps up through the historic 1914 Grade-II listed building. The hotel has 262 rooms and 44 suites designed by Tony Chi, including a six-bedroom Manor House Suite in a private wing. The hotel's 11 event spaces include a ballroom which can accommodate up to 435 guests, the Chairman's Boardroom and the Soane Boardroom, both of which have original architectural features. Chef Bjorn van der Horst (who owned Eastside Inn Bar in Farringdon before it became Burger & Lobster) oversees the food served at Bar 1912 and the main restaurant, designed by Martin Brudnizki who worked on 34 and Scott's for Caprice Holdings as well as Dean Street Townhouse and Hix Soho. The hotel's location is northeast of tourist attractions like the West End, Soho and Leicester Square with Covent Garden a few minutes' walk to the west.
Norfolk House, Gatwick South Terminal, London, RH6 0NN
Tube: Morden Station
A 244-room hotel located within the converted Norfolk House office building at Gatwick Airport's South Terminal, Bloc Gatwick is conveniently located next to the terminal's departures hall and security area. The BLOC concept is based on the idea of making everything as cost-effective as possible, and passing those savings onto their guests. That philosophy starts with the build of the hotel - which takes less than half the time of a traditionally built hotel - and filters down to the rooms which are offered at very good prices. Bloc caters for guests who want a short stay and who, in all likelihood, won't even fully unpack their bags, so there's no need for spacious storage cupboards and a desk. With so many restaurants and bars so close by the hotel doesn't have its own. Instead, the focus is on comforable beds with pocket-sprung mattresses, well designed rooms and wet rooms complete with power drench showers. There's high tech comfort in features like keyless entry, climate control system, fast Wi-Fi, HD LED TVs and ambient lighting. Reviews of Bloc's first hotel, opened in Birmingham in 2011, praised the "Missoni-designed carpets, Armani bathrooms and Artemide lighting" (Monocle), "not furnishings you would expect from a budget hotel". With the Gatwick hotel set to follow the same blueprint, London will welcome this affordable hotel with compact rooms and king-size beds.
122 Southwark Street, Bankside, London, SE1 0SW
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The Hilton London Southbank is a purpose built height restricted hotel with a four-storey glass atrium, 281 rooms and fitness centre, complete with swimming pool. This is the closest five star hotel to the Tate Modern so visitors who are interested in art can enjoy the short stroll to the gallery - while easy access to Southwark underground station offers easy access to the tube network. This space, adjacent to the NEO Bankside development of luxury apartments, was originally going to be a dual purpose build under the Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites brands. However the plans changed and the much larger Hilton Southbank hotel was the result with its 31 suites, executive lounge, plus a restaurant, bar and cafe and more than 1,000 square metres of meeting space. The building has been designed by Dexter Moren Architects and features a split level design with one half of the building lower than the other to give two adjoining forms, linked by a glazed entrance and inner lightwell. The facade combines brick, metal and glass with retail outlets located along the hotel's frontage at street level.
157 Waterloo Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8UU
When it opens in 2013 the 278-room Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo will be the first 'Hampton by Hilton' property in central London - a brand Hilton has created for "value-oriented and quality-minded" travellers. Close to Waterloo station, on the site of Partnership House (which until 2003 was the home of the Anglican Communion and a number of other religious organisations) and a derelict 1960s office block, the hotel occupies a 1.5 acre site. As with all Hampton by Hilton hotels this one offers guests a free 'On the House' hot breakfast, high-speed internet access in every room, wireless internet access in the lobby and meeting rooms as well as 24-hour coffee and tea in the lobby. Already well established in the United States, Hampton by Hilton is relatively new to the UK with hotels in Liverpool, Birmingham and Braintree in Essex. The 9-storey London Waterloo hotel has been designed by KSS, who have also helped design the Basketball & Handball Arena for the London 2012 Olympics, and is a scaled-down and redesigned version of the original proposal which included a 13-storey tower on the corner of Gray Street. Once open the hotel will be run by Shiva Hotels who are also due to open a Hampton by Hilton near Gatwick Airport's North Terminal in 2012.
9th March 2014
IN THIS ARTICLE
The Great Northern Hotel
One Leicester Street
The Nadler Soho
56 Welbeck Street
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
The London EDITION
Hilton London Southbank
Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo
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