27 Poultry, City of London
Soho House’s Nick Jones has, with his signature pizzazz, created one of the more exciting hotels to hit the capital in recent years. The cavernous lobby of the Ned is totally untraditional—and we dig it. Organized almost like a maze, with Cecconi’s on your right, a huge bar on your left, and a raised platform (often with a full jazz band) in front of you. No walls separate any of these elements, so the entire space booms. The rooms are exquisite, many with wood-paneled walls, enormous beds, and beautifully upholstered furniture. It all feels very Tudor. The minibar is one of the better ones we’ve come across: an antique chest filled with crystal glasses, premium booze, and god this makes us happy, decent tonic. Cowshed products, powerful hair dryers and straighteners, and a deep tub comprise a dream bathroom. Bank Street is, predictably, banker land during the week and a dead zone on the weekend, but given how central it is, it’s a breeze to get around—if you can be bothered to leave the hotel at all. Rooms and lobby aside, the listed, Lutyens-designed building has a hammam-style…
New Road Hotel
103-107 New Rd., Whitechapel
The store Hostem is among the most avant-garde in London, at least when it comes to fashion, so when owners James Brown and Christie Fels turned their impeccable eye to decorating, we pricked our ears. Located in a Georgian house in Whitechapel, they've created a deeply moody and beautiful, totally shoppable space that houses six for any number of days. The pantry is stocked with items from gourmet shop Leila's, the wine cupboard with a selection by the team behind Primeur, the kitchen is completely functional with wares by cult shop Labour & Wait, the rooms are decorated with pieces by Faye Toogood, Hans Wegner, and more: In short, only the best. It's a veritable dream of what East London living can be.
Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia
You can't miss the impressive, stone-columned, lantern-laden exterior here, which is reminiscent of old-London sophistication. It's an appropriate setting for this five-star hotel, which overlooks Hyde Park Corner. The rooms are done in grand Regency-period style, complete with original artworks and handcrafted furniture, and all the technology in the rooms is artfully concealed to give guests an authentic experience. In addition to the pomp and comfort (the complimentary amenities are impressive as is the incredible rooftop spa and gym), a meal at the hotel's restaurant, Céleste is a real treat.
10 Whitehall Pl., Covent Garden
Tastefully decorated and full of the scent of fresh-cut flowers, The Corinthia is all about understated glamour. The hotel boasts a superb spa, a speakeasy-inspired bar, and perfectly-executed, classic British cuisine at the new Kerridge's Bar & Grill. They also have a large selection of penthouses if you’re looking to indulge. It’s a great pick if you’re hoping to stay in the vicinity of Trafalgar Square and the theater district.
Strand, Covent Garden
Originally opened in 1889, the Savoy has since undergone a £100 million restoration, retaining vestiges of its Art Deco past while adding a whole lot of luxe and glamour. In addition to the meticulous rooms, a glass of champagne at the hotel's Beaufort Bar, followed by dinner at Gordon Ramsay's Savoy Grill makes for a pretty perfect stay.
Wilton Pl., Knightsbridge
This is one of our favorite grown-up hotels in London. It is decorated beautifully in subdued tones and offers pretty wonderful services, many of which are geared toward families (on-call babysitters, goody bags, video games). On sunny days, the rooftop pool is the best spot to take in everything on offer: hula hoop classes, alfresco lunch, and twice-daily kids' swim hours. Beyond than the now-famous breakfast spread, there's no lack of dining and boozing options thanks to the Blue Bar, Koffmann's bistro, and the luxe Caramel Room.
The Soho Hotel
4 Richmond Mews, Soho
Part of the prestigious Firmdale group, The Soho Hotel is situated on a quiet street in what is an otherwise bustling neighborhood. Each of the 96 surprisingly spacious rooms have been individually decorated—unheard of for a hotel of this magnitude—but all share a decidedly English mix-and-match aesthetic (florals and stripes here, ikats and plaids there). In the lobby, the eclectic vibe translates to a giant Bottero cat, more print-on-print action, and lots of floor-to-ceiling windows. Stop by The Refuel Bar for an evening cocktail or afternoon tea service.
The Zetter Townhouse
49-50 St. John's Sq., Clerkenwell
Artfully quirky (and British) design in each of the thirteen rooms, eco-friendly features (including the energy loop system and free bike rentals), plus a cozy bar that feels more like a living room, make this Georgian townhouse a unique choice for a London stay.
Ebor St., Shoreditch
The Shoreditch House has everything we've come to expect from Nick Jones' empire: modern yet comfortable interiors, 26 small but well-executed guest rooms, a killer gym (including the first Flywheel in Europe), and social spaces that transition seamlessly from work to play (in addition to the library and restaurant, there's a workspace with desks that become ping pong tables at night). The crown jewel of the Shoreditch location is the rooftop pool (unheard of in London), which is heated year-round and plays host to an animated bar scene in the evenings.
Ace Hotel Shoreditch
100 Shoreditch High St., Shoreditch
On any given weekday, the lobby here is packed with freelancers perched on every couch and at every communal table in the sprawling, lo-fi industrial space. It makes sense that this would be one of the area's main hubs of activity: There's Wi-Fi on tap, a coffee and snack bar, cold-pressed juices out the door at the hotel's own juice and mylk bar, and a small but well-selected menu of breakfast and lunch items from the hotel restaurant, Hoi Polloi. Meanwhile, upstairs, the rooms, designed by Barber & Osgerby's Universal Design Studio, are decked out in vintage furniture with a slightly industrial edge. Slightly spare, they're planned for travelers who plan to spend more time exploring the city than indoors. Photo: Andrew Meredith
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