The Curio Collection by Hilton’s latest addition, Lost Property, has now opened its door in London this month. Developed by London-based property developers Dominvs Group, the hotel will offer one-of-a-kind experiences.
Situated in the City of London, Lost Property is located in one of the capital’s oldest historical districts, and is just 100 metres from St Paul’s Cathedral. The area continues to be a hive of activity, with eateries, bars, members’ clubs and cafes cropping up in an area that is now a melange of old and new. The City of London is the perfect place to explore the capital, with Central London, Shoreditch and South Bank just around the corner and the riverbank within walking distance.
This interior design partnership between Ica and Rani Ahluwalia, founder and creative director of Key interior and Designs, captures the vibrancy of the local area; where modernity meets legacy and the curious come to play.
In this stunning grade II listed building, guests can choose between 145 uniquely designed rooms and suites across six categories and six floors: Guest rooms, Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, St Paul’s Junior Suites and Family Rooms, of which several have prime views of the cathedral. The bright and light bedrooms are sleek and modern with marble bathrooms and an industrial touch – a nod to the hotel’s urban surroundings. Bespoke red and blue colour schemes were carefully selected to reflect the city’s heritage, and eye-catching colour pops and patterns contrast with clean lines and timeless neutral walls. The interiors celebrate the intricacies of lost craftsmanship and innovative design, echoing the shapes and architectural forms found in St Paul’s Cathedral and the neighbouring streets.
The artwork displayed throughout the hotel is colourful, eccentric, and eclectic, reflecting London’s rich history. The hotel lobby is curious, with Murano glass pendants, colourful rugs, and panelling designed by Artistic Licence.
The sense of mystery at Lost Property is also carried through to the hotel’s ground-floor bar and restaurant, Found. Found offers a classic food and drinks menu with a nostalgic twist. The bespoke bar is eight metres long and crafted out of bright blue resin, with stunning Murano glass pendants creating mood lighting and a cosy feel. The centrepiece of this social space is an ornate chandelier, crafted from Murano glass and made of individual figurines of extinct birds forming the shape of a hovering eagle. The extinct birds represent a lost natural treasure, immortalised in this quirky hotel, and echoed in the bespoke wallpaper specially designed for Lost Property by Timorous Beasties.
Cocktails at Found are colourful and creative, with each drink telling a story. Guests can expect a range of starters including Foreman’s oak smoked salmon with crème fraiche, chicken liver parfait with toasted warm brioche, and tiger prawn cocktail. For mains, foodies will delight in hearty classics such as duck breast with braised lentils, guineafowl with a fricassee of wild mushrooms and garden peas, and filet of sea bream with clam and saffron chowder. A sweet tooth’s dream, desserts include strawberry Eton mess, poached pears, and sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream – a true celebration of old recipes and traditional cookery. The intimate setting and colourful menu will ensure Found becomes the eating and drinking hotspot in the City of London this year.
At Lost Property, in addition to a bar and restaurant, you’ll find Tattle, a premium coffee house where locals come to gossip and catch up. This true social hub of the hotel has a separate street entrance for commuters and locals, as well as resident guests. Tattle offers healthy breakfasts, light lunches and snacks made with locally sourced, organic produce. You can eat in or take away. Guests will enjoy fresh salads, flavoursome soups, sandwiches, and snacks, as well as artisanal coffee from Monmouth. The combination of earthy deep greens and tactile timber finishes, and the backdrop decorated with teacups with hand-painted ‘lost’ quotes, offer a relaxed bistro-style space with an ‘al fresco’ feel. It’s a go-to spot to catch up with friends.