London Hotels to Book Now

Photo courtesy of The Ned

It’s been quite a year in the London hotel scene. Following a wave of new openings, from the boutique 18-bedroom Henrietta Hotel to the expansive luxury hotel and member’s club The Ned, The Edit takes a look at the best new openings to visit in London this Summer.

 

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

10-50 Willow St, London EC2A 4BH

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Set back from the hustle and bustle of Great Eastern street, the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch occupies a unique position in Shoreditch, London. With a private entrance, outdoor garden and courtyard, the hotel offers a sense of serenity in this busy area, whilst the property is still only moments from restaurants, bars, shops and all the culture that this area of East London has become so renowned for. Guests to the hotel can expect to experience the high level of service and elegant design which Nobu Hotels are so renowned for. Blending their typical Asian-influences with inspiration from the local area, the hotel features design elements from local artisans and designers, as well as unique, personalised touches throughout.  The hotel itself will boast a 240 seat restaurant and bar, overlooking the courtyard through double-height glass doors, a lounge bar, Nobu room service, and – later in the year – a state of the art fitness centre and spa.

Dine at: Nobu Restaurant and Flat Iron Shoreditch

One of our favourite parts of the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch is the new branch of renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu. The first opening from the brand in East London, it is the perfect place to host a sophisticated business meeting or elegant dinner with friends. For those looking for something more casual, head over to nearby restaurant Flat Iron for some of the best steak in the area.

 

Henrietta Hotel

14-15 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH

Photo courtesy of Henrietta Hotel

With only eighteen bedrooms, this charming boutique hotel offers an intimate and personal experience to all of its guests. Comprised of two London townhouses, each with their own unique history, the Henrietta Hotel is the true definition of whimsical British style. With décor by Dorothée Meilichzon, each individually-designed room is its own chic hideaway from the lively streets of London. The property also prides itself on food as creative as its style. Stocking their mini bars with house-made cocktails and serving up a seasonal, flavourful menu by Ollie Dabbous in their restaurant, there’s almost no need to leave the hotel.

Dine at: Bocca di Lupo and Lima Floral

For those who do head out, authentic Italian dining is close by at Soho-stronghold Bocca di Lupo. This buzzy and popular restaurant may prove slightly tricky to obtain a reservation, but it is worth it for a night of good food and good company. If you fancy something a little different, Peruvian eatery Lima Floral brings big flavours, bright colours and a splash of mezcal to the local dining scene.

 

The Ned

27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ

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Quite possibly the hottest London hotel opening of 2017, The Ned is the latest venture from the Soho House Group, who partnered with Sydell Group on this ambitious project. In the heart of the city, the hotel and club occupies the former Midland Bank building: an iconic Grade I listed building designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in the 1920s. Across its nine floors, the property features a hotel, a club, numerous restaurants and bars, as well as a gym, spa and even a barber. Perhaps the most notable asset of the ‘Ned’s Club’, and a rare find in the heart of the bustling city, is the rooftop pool, which affords unparalleled views across the Shard, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral. For those with a membership to the Ned’s Club, prepare to be astonished by the 3,600 safety deposit boxes which line the room of The Vault bar & lounge.

Dine at: Cecconi’s and Coq d’Argent

Make the most of your time at The Ned and experience the Northern Italian culinary delights of Cecconi’s City of London, situated in the property’s banking hall. Alternatively, head across the road and upstairs to take in the views of the city from the roof-top setting of Coq D’Argent.

 

Lalit

181 Tooley Street, London, London SE1 2JR

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Once home to a Victorian School, The LaLit London is situated on London’s vibrant South Bank just moments from Tower Bridge. With its prime central location, the hotel stands as a convenient base from which to explore some of the city’s famous attractions. This 70-room luxury hotel is the finished masterpiece following a £50 million renovation to a Grade II listed property and is the first overseas project from the premiere Indian hotelier – LaLit Suri Hospitality Group. Staying true to the group’s heritage, the hotel features an abundance of Indian culture, from the use of traditional fabrics and artefacts throughout the interiors, to the offering of the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda in the award winning Rejuve – The Spa. The hotel’s pan-Indian restaurant ‘Baluchi’ and the bread bar ‘Naanery’ further pay homage to the Indian culture and its delectable gastronomy. This blends with the traditional Victorian architecture and original parquet flooring in the Great Hall to create a quintessential British charm. Each of the 70-bedrooms feature their own unique design and layout, all combining luxury with comfort and some affording remarkable 30-feet high ceilings.

Dine at: Hawksmoor Borough and Restaurant Story

Simply head next door to Restaurant Story for impeccable British dishes from renowned Chef Tom Sellers. If you’re feeling like stretching your legs slightly more, take a trip to Borough Market and enjoy the classic dishes or the Market Specials from Hawksmoor Borough.

 

The Curtain

45 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT

Photo courtesy of The Curtain

In collaboration with acclaimed American restauranteur Chef Marcus Samuelsson, American hotelier Michael Achenbaum has opened his first European project – The Curtain. The hotel and member’s club features 120 bedrooms spread across 9 floors, each of which embrace a quirky yet luxurious style with exposed brick walls, hardwood flooring, modern lighting and custom-designed artwork by British photographer, Mick Rock. You can be sure to find all the classic amenities within the rooms, but most importantly, The Curtain takes their minibar very seriously: products in all rooms have been meticulously sourced and a bartender will arrive with a sundowner trolley, to mix cocktails in-room daily. The hotel also comprises meeting and event spaces, a 24hour fitness centre in collaboration with The Vault Gym, a Moroccan style year-round heated rooftop pool and some carefully curated members only spaces. Food aficionados – be sure to delight in American dishes inspired by the Shoreditch surroundings at renowned Red Rooster restaurant, or revel in views of the East London skyline from The LIDO.

Dine at: Lyles and L’anima

Michelin-starred restaurant Lyle’s is only a short walk away, serving up refined British cuisine in a contemporary, industrial-chic venue; it perfectly defines the nouveau fine-dining that is hitting the Shoreditch Gourmand scene. For those who want a more traditional affair, romantic and elegant Italian restaurant L’Anima offers an ideal place to while away an evening with loved ones.

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