The city of London is now packed with luxury hotels and the slow down in growth of premium accommodation is showing little sign of stopping, with thousands more rooms being added to the capitals portfolio between now and the end of the decade. Read on to find out about the latest luxury hotels to have opened in the city and what’s new for 2020.
Still To Open
Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, London
Situated on a prominent corner of Marylebone’s Portman Square, the 249-room hotel, which is owned and developed by L+R Hotels, will feature a signature Nobu bar and outdoor terrace, a 600-person ballroom, gym, wellness facilities and meeting spaces. Conceptualised by award-winning David Collins Studio, in conjunction with Make Architects, Nobu Hotel London Portman Square will apply a contemporary approach to both aesthetics and hospitality, using natural materials and effortlessly blending modern luxury with minimalist Japanese tradition. The hotel will bring to life signature philosophies from Nobu Hospitality – the globally established lifestyle brand founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper – including sincerity, individuality and a passion for service, whilst delivering omotenashi, a Japanese hospitality style embodied by the Nobu brand. Exceptional craftsmanship will be seen throughout the hotel, with David Collins Studio’s concept creating a sense of uniformity, flow, richness and welcoming warmth of the Nobu brand.
Scheduled to open in early 2020, The Guardsman is a purpose-built luxury boutique hotel on Buckingham Gate that will offer the atmosphere, discretion and personal service usually associated with a private members’ club. Presenting guests with a true home away from home experience, this intimate property will feature 53 luxurious bedrooms, whilst the top three floors encompass six exclusive residences. Designed as the perfect London pied-a-terre, they comprise a selection of one, two and three bedrooms, along with sumptuous living spaces, dining areas and fully fitted kitchens.
The Londoner is scheduled to open its doors in June 2020. Taking centre stage in London’s Leicester Square neighbourhood, The Londoner not only places guests in the world’s first super boutique hotel, but also at the heart of the West End theatre land. Boutique in feeling yet staggering in scale, the hotel will open across 16 storeys with 350 guest rooms and suites and a tower penthouse with panoramic views; two private screening rooms; a mix of six concept eateries, bars and a tavern, including alfresco dining on the ground floor and a contemporary Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace and fire pit; plus an expansive ballroom suited for any occasion, a variety of meeting spaces and a results-driven gym and spa.
The Biltmore Mayfair
The Biltmore Mayfair opens its doors as Europe’s first LXR Hotels & Resorts property – Hilton’s collection of luxury hotels. The 307-room hotel combines exquisite contemporary accommodation, stunning views across the gardens of Grosvenor Square, and innovative culinary concepts by Michelin Star restaurateur, Jason Atherton, creating the ultimate urban sanctuary in the heart of Mayfair.
The Stratford Hotel
Inspired by the timeless glamour and communal spirit of 1950s New York’s legendary long-stay hotels, the building is the latest project from London property pioneers, Manhattan Loft Corporation. Following the success of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Chiltern Firehouse, they’ve taken a break from reviving some of London’s most beautiful buildings in favour of creating one of their own. Occupying the first six floors is The Stratford, a 145-room luxury hotel with interiors by Space Copenhagen, the designers behind the legendary NOMA and 11 Howard in New York. Natural timbers, warm metals and stone-clad bathrooms fuse cutting-edge style with old-world opulence to provide supreme comfort throughout.
The Dixon Southwark
The Dixon Southwark hotel is located in London along Tooley Street. It has been closed for some time, albeit temporarily. Guests will be able to access the hotel from September this year. As a classy and cultural hotel, this place will feature attractive artwork in its hallways. The hotel had deteriorated in style and customer service over the years, but these renovations are sure to take it back to its place as one of the best hotels in London.
Victory House boutique hotel recently opened and is part of the MGallery collection by Sofitel. The premise of the MGallery collection is to create memorable stays for their guests in boutique environments and based on my experience, albeit a fleeting visit, they certainly delivered this.
The Standard, London is now open at Kings Cross. The first international hotel from Standard International, the London property will bring the unconventional culture of The Standard overseas and propel the innovative hospitality brand onto the global stage. With 266 stunning rooms designed by Shawn Hausman Design, some including outdoor terraces and bathtubs overlooking St. Pancras Station, the property is bound to provide an unforgettable experience. The hotel will also feature an indoor / outdoor garden restaurant as well as a destination rooftop restaurant, with chefs Adam Rawson and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias at the helm of culinary programs.
New Road Hotel
The New Road Hotel has 80 rooms, and each of these features a 49-inch flat screen TV, a rainfall shower, a Hypnos bed and air conditioning. Each floor in the building has a vending machine, so you can drink unlimited tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Guests can also access the private rooftop tub to relax as they enjoy the view of the city. For dinner, you can head to the New Road Hotel Chophouse. The restaurant serves classic English foods with a little French flair.
L’Oscar Hotel was designed by Jacque Garcia, a French interior designer. The 5-star hotel is located in Holborn on the west side of London. It will be opened to the public in May 2018. Jacque intended the hotel to have a Victorian environment, and to him, Oscar Wilde was an ideal figure of the era. The new hotel is being developed in an abandoned church, and the management intends to retain some of its original elements of the building for their historical significance.
L’Oscar Hotel has 39 guest rooms, and each has its own unique design. On the first floor, each guest room has a private fireplace. The hotel’s restaurant is located in an octagonal chapel which has eight sculptures. The ceiling of the restaurant is hand-painted.
The Bankside Hotel
Bankside has joined the ranks of vibrant hotels on the South Bank of the Thames. The glass building has six floors. It features 121 rooms, and these include seven suites. In addition, there is a functional space that can accommodate 120 people. The place will have a 70-cover restaurant and bar. In warmer seasons, guests will be able to access the outdoor terrace for relaxation in an informal environment.
Hard Rock Hotel
London is the birthplace of the miniskirt, punk, garage and grime and home to some of the most influential music artists the world has ever seen. In true Hard Rock fashion our hotel will be rooted in the spirit of music, paying tribute to former residents such as Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and Madonna. All whilst championing the best London’s new music scene has to offer. Set in the beating heart of the capital, on the corner of Oxford Street and just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and boasting two lively bars and a Hard Rock Cafe, we offer something for every taste and every mood. Whether it’s time for a fine espresso in the morning, a handmade burger in the afternoon or a get-into-the-groove cocktail in the evening – you can be sure the food is always fresh, the cocktails are always amazing, and the service is always unmatched.
Vintry and Mercer
Vintry and Mercer hotel is located among the livery hills. It has a contemporary style that involves a blend of modern and traditional designs. The surrounding area has a history of wine and textile trade. The guilds used for these commercial activities inspired the design of this hotel. Vintry and Mercer hotel has 92 rooms and suites. These include superior, deluxe, deluxe studio, studio suites, and standard bedrooms. The superior rooms feature custom-designed velvet headboards, Marshall Speakers, Nespresso machines and walk-in showers.
Lincoln Plaza London, Canary Wharf
Hilton has announced the opening of Lincoln Plaza London, the newest addition to Curio Collection by Hilton, a global portfolio of more than 60 upper upscale, one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts, all celebrated for their individuality and appealing to curious travellers seeking local discovery.
The hotel echoes the sleek architectural cues of Canary Wharf, drawing inspiration from the area’s rich industrial heritage. In the lobby, guests are welcomed by polished concrete floors, a steel feature wall and steel-framed windows, allowing daylight to flood into the space. Its contemporary design is authentic to the surrounding area, where guests can visit the eclectic boutiques and enjoy the variety of entertainment around the hotel, including the nearby Westfield Stratford City, one of the largest leisure and shopping destinations in Europe.
Prince Hotels announced its first property under The Prince Akatoki brand with the acquisition of The Arch London in November 2018. Set for a multi-million-pound refurbishment, rebrand and repositioning, The Arch London, soon to be The Prince Akatoki London, will be the first of many The Prince Akatoki hotels worldwide, transforming Prince Hotels from Japanese hotel chain to a global hotel chain.
nhow is a brand that surprises and inspires its guests by offering them an unconventional experience, which is unique to each hotel’s location. nhow London is now open on City Road, on the fringe of Shoreditch, long regarded as one of London’s most dynamic and creative hubs. The hotel plays homage to both the area’s industrial past and technological future. The eight-floor hotel will house 190 vibrant rooms, a restaurant called The Bell– a reinvention of the British pub, bar, gym and three meeting rooms called Laboratories.