London’s hospitality scene is booming with one trendy hotel opening after another, so if you’re traveling to the capital — whether you’re looking for a cosy bolthole that feels like home, or a hip spot to eat, drink and party — we’ve rounded up some of the trendiest lodging options London has to offer this season.
If you’re looking for an upscale hotel, with reasonably priced but incredibly chic rooms and an urbane clientele—think style maven Alexa Chung—either of The Hoxton’s venues will do. The original hotel—an east London stalwart since 2006—is conveniently located near the trendy eateries, shops, and art galleries of Shoreditch. Rooms at Hoxton’s newest location in central Holborn are filled with artwork created by students from nearby Central St Martins. There’s also the Cheeky Parlour spa for pampering, and for the sporty and culturally curious travellers, both locations host weekly activities like a Yoga Run and a series of “How To” events and art exhibitions.
Holborn: 199 - 206 High Holborn London, WC1V 7BD, +44 (0) 207 661 3000
Shoreditch: 81 Great Eastern St, London, EC2A 3HU, +44 (0) 207 550 1000
The Ned, a hotel-members’ club hybrid, is the latest offering from Soho House founder Nick Jones. Housed in the old Midland Bank headquarters in the heart of London’s financial district, it retains many of the building’s original features such as the safe deposit boxes on the walls of the subterranean vault. There are ten restaurants, multiple bars, two pools, a spa, a gym and a barber shop spread throughout 11 floors, giving you very little need to step outside the luxurious confines of the hotel. On the other hand, should you wish for a bit of fresh air, head up to the eighth floor where you can take in views of London’s spectacular skyline from the heated pool, or bar.
27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ, +44 20 3828 2000
Housed in a reappointed fire station in the heart of London's Marylebone, the Chiltern Firehouse exudes Hollywood glamour. Significantly smaller than some of the other hotels on this list, there are a mere 26 beautifully restored bedrooms and suites. During your stay at the Firehouse, you’ll have access to your own personal concierge, making it seem like you’re in a private residence rather than a hotel. Other amenities you’ll want to take advantage of include the beautiful courtyard, wine cellar, and a secret smoking lounge. Since opening in 2018 the hotel has maintained its reputation as a celebrity hotspot, attracting the likes of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Poppy Delevingne.
1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA, +44 20 7073 7676
With its exposed brick walls, warehouse-style windows and hardwood floors, The Curtain has an industrial-chic vibe reminiscent of New York City. Unsurprising maybe given that its owner, Michael Achenbaum, is the proprietor of legendary hip Hotel Gansevoort in Manhattan’s meatpacking district. This Shoreditch hotel and members’ club has 120 rooms, three restaurants—including the first outpost of famed soul food hotspot Red Rooster—eight bars, a 24-hour gym, underground spa, and a heated roof-top pool to rival that of neighbouring Shoreditch House. In an interview with Evening Standard last year, Achenbaum said the company wants to maintain ‘a presence of powerful and successful females as a focus of our membership’.
45 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT, +44 20 3146 4545
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