Legendary American hotelier Andre Balazs has turned the vacant former fire station in Marylebone's Chiltern Street into the Chiltern Firehouse, a luxury hotel with 26 boutique suites. New York-based real-estate developer Andre Balazs has already enjoyed huge success and notoriety with designer hotels like The Mercer, Chateau Marmont, and The Standard Hollywood in the US. Now he has opened his first hotel in London, transforming the Grade II-listed Victorian building into a classy hotel set to be the hangout of choice for the style set. Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes departed his Michelin-starred Viajante restaurant at Bethnal Green's Town Hall Hotel to head up the kitchen, serving dishes with an American slant - taking inspiration from the 16 years Nuno spent training and working in the States with chefs such as Wolfgang Puck who is behind CUT at 45 Park Lane and the thrice Michelin starred Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
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Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 7PU
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6th May 2014
32 Bridge Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9SY
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The first ever luxury Shangri-La Hotel in London will have the unique selling point of occupying the upper floors of one of the tallest buildings in Europe when it opens in 2014. Standing at 310 metres (1,016 feet) tall the new Shard tower, also known as London Bridge Tower, will be 245 feet higher than One Canada Square in Canary Wharf - previously London's tallest tower. Taking up 18 floors of the Shard - from floor 34 to 52 - the Shangri-La will offer 195 rooms, 170 deluxe guestrooms, averaging more than 42 square meters each making them among the largest in London. Its 25 suites, including two specialty suites and a presidential suite, are sure to be something special - with glass-enclosed 'wintergarden' balconies. Guests can sink into the 'Shangri-La Bed', with its patented body-contouring technology, and enjoy state of the art luxuries like LCD televisions, hi-fi equipment and business services. To top it all, the luxury spa on the 52nd floor - Europe's first CHI spa - will offer Chinese and Himalayan healing therapies alongside fitness facilities including gym, whirlpool, steam, sauna and, best of all, an indoor infinity swimming pool with panoramic views of the London skyline. Even if you're not staying at the hotel you will be able to benefit from those far-reaching views - anyone can book in for a meal at the restaurant Ting or visit the artisan deli, Lang, on the ground floor. Gong on level 52 is the highest bar in London - the ideal place for sunset cocktails with stunning views over London's skyline. Alternatively, there's the public viewing platform, The View From The Shard, on floors 68 to 72 which is expected to attract over half a million visitors a year.
8 Balderton Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6TF
Restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin are to open a boutique hotel overlooking Brown Hart Gardens at 8 Balderton Street in the former Avis building, a 1920's Art Deco structure originally used as a garage. The Beaumont, a 75-room hotel in Mayfair, will feature an inhabitable sculpture of a crouching man, called Habitat, by 'Angel of the North' artist Anthony Gormley which is predicted to become a landmark for the area. King and Corbin, who have made their name with top notch eateries like The Wolseley, The Ivy and Le Caprice have developed the £40 million in partnership with property firm Grosvenor to a design by ReardonSmith architects who have previously worked on the Four Seasons on Park Lane, The Savoy, and Claridge's. The boutique hotel at 8 Balderton Street will comprise a royal suite, restaurant, a small private private dining room, lobby bar/salon, spa and leisure facilities as well as the 75 guest rooms. The new hotel in Mayfair (due to open in 2014), is one of several London based projects the pair have instigated along with The Delaunay in London's Aldwych which opened in December 2011, Brasserie Zedel in Sherwood Street (open summer 2012) and Colbert in Sloane Square, due to open early Autumn 2012 on the site where the Oriel brasserie stood for 20 years.
20 Upper Ground, Southwark, London, SE1 9PF
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Intended to be a luxury hotel when it was first designed in the 1970s, Sea Containers House fufils its original purpose when it opens as a hotel in 2014. The building, situated between the OXO Tower and Blackfriars Bridge, will become the Mondrian London, a luxury hotel from the Morgans Hotel Group - the New York based boutique hotel group who brought us swanky hotels the Sanderson and St Martin's Lane. Tom Dixon and the Design Research Studio are planning a 1920s cruise liner-styled hotel within the building as part of its redevelopment. The design is a combination of transatlantic 1920s liner combined with 1980s nostalgia with a giant copper clad wall suggestive of the hull of a ship. The vast, 1500 meter squared, ground floor area includes two riverside restaurants and a breakfast bar, with a further roof-top bar above. Much use is made of the existing metal finishes with brass work throughout the hotel. Corridors reminiscent of the cabins of a cruise liner lead to 360 bedrooms furnished with custom designed furniture and bathrooms whose exposed bolts draw on marine engineering. The nautical theme extends to the roof-top bar which takes the top deck of a cruise liner combined with Art Deco-period ballroom as its inspiration. As with all Morgans hotels, the spa will be a luxury affair, branded to fit in with the signature Agua style, with a secret water feature creating a feeling of under-water tranquillity. Spaces for hire include the 61-seater screening room, break out and meeting rooms.
, Clerkenwell, London, EC3P 3AX
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One of the most iconic buildings in the City of London, 10 Trinity Square, is to be sympathetically transformed into a luxury hotel, due to open in 2014. The landmark building, originally the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, opened in 1922 to a design by well known architect Sir Edwin Cooper. Architects Woods Bagot have worked with English Heritage to preserve as much of the building's existing fabric as possible. Plans include the restoration of the glazed central rotunda which was bombed during the Second World War - the proposed new central glass canopy has earned it the nickname 'the whirlpool'. And an unsightly 1970s office block will be removed. Occupying a prominent location overlooking the Tower Of London and with views of the River Thames, the development of the hotel - which will also see the enhancement of Seething Lane Garden - is one of the most exciting building projects in the City.
Ham Yard Hotel
Tim and Kit Kemp, owners of Firmdale Hotels, are turning a large three quarter acre site at Ham Yard in Soho, a bombsite since the Blitz, into a luxury boutique hotel worth £90 million. The building, situated between Great Windmill Street and Denman Street, will have 90 bedrooms and suites, 25 apartments, 12 retail stores, bar, restaurant, gym and spa when it opens in April 2014. Plush private cinemas are a feature of other Firmdale hotels - which include Charlotte Street Hotel and the Crosby Street Hotel in New York - and this one will follow in their footsteps with a 120 seat theatre and cinema. Other added extras include private event spaces and a 4 lane bowling alley which can also be used as a night club. Firmdale is working with the architects Woods Bagot to turn this central London site, deserted for 40 years, into a luxury hotel with individually designed rooms - something Kit Kemp is a dab hand at.
58 Shepherd's Bush Green, London, W12 8QE
The Shepherd's Bush Pavilion is a Grade II-listed red brick landmark which opened as a cinema in 1923 but which has been unoccupied since 2001 and now just the original facade remains. Located next to the rather noisy Walkabout pub, the pavilion was being used for one-off events, such as club nights, private parties and one-off screenings before being re-developed. According to the Evening Standard, planning permission has been granted to turn the venue into a four-star, 242-room hotel. The hotel on the site of the former Pavilion Cinema will be run by Asian group Dorsett Hospitality International and is expected to become part of its mid-priced business Dorsett Regency brand when it opens in 2014.
Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3JL
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Planning is underway for a new Art'otel London Hoxton - the first London venture from the group - on a prominent corner at the junction of Old Street, Rivington Street and Great Eastern Street. Despite objections to the project - from English Heritage who say the building is too tall for the area, and from locals who lament the loss of the Foundry, a bar and art centre with a Banksy mural in the basement - planning permission has been granted by Hackney Council, and backed by mayor Boris Johnson. The 18-storey building, due for completion in 2012, will include 350 hotel rooms and public areas including a gallery space, arthouse cinema, spa and restaurant on the double height top floor. The cylindrical shape of the bronze-coloured building (which has four floors below ground) has drawn comparisons to a waste paper basket. But the design, by Squire and Partners, has been drawn up with its environment in mind. The punched aluminium outer skin, for example, was inspired by punch cards that were used to programme old industrial power looms - drawing on the textile heritage of the area. This is one of three high profile hotel projects by Squire and Partners - masterplanners with Dixon Jones for the controversial Chelsea Barracks development - who are also behind the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge (due for completion in 2011) and 151 City Road (aka the 'diamond') opposite Moorfields Eye Hospital.
151 City Road, London, EC1V 1JH
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One of two new hotels from the Montcalm group set to open in 2014, the M by Montcalm at 151 City Road, close to Old Street roundabout and opposite the Moorfields Eye Hospital, is part of a cluster of towers beginning to form on City Road. The new build 200-room hotel is part of a 23-storey tower development which fuses large scale art, sculpture and architecture in a futurisitc looking tower. The building will include retail and bars, self-storage, business centre, fitness centre and the hotel which has an exceptional roof top bar overlooking London. Level 42 of the building is given over to a public bar and viewing gallery creating "an exceptional roof top bar overlooking London". The pioneering new building which tapers and twists to allow daylight penetration at street level has been created by architect Will Alsop. He has described the project as "an artwork" which includes a striking 15-storey work by artist Bruce McLean. The Montcalm already operates several hotels in London, The Montcalm at The Brewery London City with the London City Suites By Montcalm nearby, and The Montcalm London Marble Arch with The Marble Arch By Montcalm London just a stone's throw away. As well as the new City Tower By Montcalm a second new Montcalm hotel, The Royal London House By Montcalm in Finsbury Square, also opens in 2014.
22-25 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1DX
A £15 million upgrade of Royal London House, a listed building on the north side of Finsbury Square, has converted what was once an underused and dated office building into the Royal London House By Montcalm, one of two hotels set to open in 2014 from the Montcalm group. The 256-room five star hotel includes a bar and destination restaurant accessible from Worship Street, a spa and gym, and a banqueting suite on the lower ground level. The proposed plan put forward by 5plus architects in October 2012 includes a roof extenstion which is in keeping with the building and the square. The Montcalm already operates several hotels in London, The Montcalm at The Brewery London City with the London City Suites By Montcalm nearby, and The Montcalm London Marble Arch with The Marble Arch By Montcalm London just a stone's throw away. With the opening of this hotel and The City Tower by Montcalm in Shoreditch also due to welcome its first guests in 2014 the hotel group is fast expanding within The City of London.
61-65 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2DY
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citizenM hotels, the hotel chain set up by Mexx founder Rattan Chadha, have proved to be a hit with budget-yet-fashion conscious travellers and in 2014 London gets not one but two new citizenM hotels: citizenM Tower of London and citizenM St Paul's which along with citizenM Bankside (opened July 2012) bring the total in London to three - good news for anyone looking for affordable and stylish hotel rooms and free Wi Fi. The proposed citizenM St Paul's is a landmark 213,500 square foot luxury 246-bedroom hotel with a vast public area on the ground floor, close to the historic Smithfield Market. The hotel forms part of a £100m redevelopment of Citicape House at 61-65 Holborn Viaduct, EC1, which includes office space. The development will comprise basement, ground and lower ground floor levels with eight upper office storeys and ten upper hotel levels. With a lack of affordable luxury accommodation in the area, citizenM St Paul's fills a gap in the market. Construction starts in 2013, with an expected opening in the second half of 2014.
38-40 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4DJ
When it opens in autumn 2014 the nine storey citizenM Tower of London hotel will offer 370 bedrooms over eight floors above the exit hall of the Tower Hill London Underground Station. A ground floor cafe and gallery, bar, living room spaces and a SocietyM business club on the eighth and ninth levels complete the package. Directly connected to the tube station below, there's step free access routes and lifts to the station platforms from the hotel. Overlooking the world heritage site of the Tower of London, the hotel has the remains of an ancient Roman wall running past it. Construction company Balfour Beatty, appointed to build the £30m hotel, is tasked with preserving the ancient wall while creating the modern boutique hotel. The hotel is one of two citizenM hotels planned for 2014. citizenM St Paul's, which will be built near St Paul's Cathedral, is also due to open in London next year. The two new hotels will bring the total number of citizenM hotels to six which includes the existing citizenM Bankside near Tate Modern. The group is targeting future developments in Victoria, Paddington, Marylebone, Kings Cross, Soho, Covent Garden, Oxford Street and Canary Wharf.
Opens September 2014
28-30 Seymour Street, London, W1H 7JB
Tube: Marble Arch Station
Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyon's Zetter Group - which owns the Zetter and Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell - opens a new hotel on Seymour Street, Marylebone, in September 2014. The 6 storey townhouse hotel will have interiors by Russell Sage Studios, a spectacular suite on the top floor and a cool cocktail bar on the ground floor. The project entailed the demolition of a Grade II listed building in poor structural condition and a brand new building which includes 24 bedrooms and a roof terrace. While the original Zetter was home to fictional hostess Wilhelmina, who travelled the world collecting art and curios for her London home, the latest addition to the Zetter family is the home of wicked uncle Seymour. We can't wait to meet him.
14th March 2014
IN THIS ARTICLE
Shangri-La Hotel London
10 Trinity Square
Ham Yard Hotel
Shepherd's Bush Pavillion
Art'otel London Hoxton
M by Montcalm
The Royal London House By Montcalm
citizenM St Paul's
citizenM Tower of London
Zetter Seymour Street
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