Sleep in style: London’s new luxury hotels
Prime openings in the capital this year include The Dilly and NoMad
“The Dilly” is the new name above the door of the former Le Méridien Piccadilly hotel in central London. Dating back to 1908, the property has been transformed into the capital’s newest independent five-star hotel. Its exterior has a new design and the lobby has undergone an extensive refurbishment. The redesign of the 255 bedrooms and 28 suites will be ongoing, although 39 have been completed on opening. As part of the new Health Club at The Dilly, it will also have one of London’s largest indoor luxury pools. Rates start from £219.
The Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens
After reopening on 12 April, 11 Cadogan Gardens in London marked the date with the official launch of The Apartments - the first apartment suites by Iconic Luxury Hotels. Set behind a red brick Victorian façade, the newly-renovated six-storey townhouse offers a new style of accommodation to 11 Cadogan Gardens’ existing 56 hotel rooms and suites. Each of the six floors is home to a one-, two- or three-bedroom residence (six apartments in total) which make them ideal for families. They are also a perfect choice for a laid-back luxurious extended stay in a desirable London neighbourhood. Prices start from £350 per night for a minimum three-night stay.
After delays due to the pandemic, the official opening of London’s first super-boutique hotel will take place this summer. The Londoner, from Edwardian Hotels London, will have 350 rooms, 35 suites and is dubbed the UK’s “deepest” hotel, with the lowest floor some 30m below ground, says Business Traveller. As well as five concept restaurants and lounges and a rooftop bar, the hotel will also include a ballroom for up to 1,000 guests, two new Odeon Luxe cinemas and a unique subterranean spa.
NoMad London “is possibly the most exciting hotel opening in London since The Ned”, says Fiona Kerr for Condé Nast Traveller. The original NoMad, in New York, is “one of the city’s moodiest, slickest stays”. Here, in London, its “cultivated cool” is transplanted to the former Bow Street magistrates’ court and police station in Covent Garden. The design brief required exploring “the artistic and cultural synergy between London and New York, with more than 1,600 works of art on show”. The “pub-like” Side Hustle restaurant will serve Mexican sharing plates and mezcal, “in place of the usual pork-scratchings and pints, while Common Decency serves serious cocktails. After our long enforced hibernation, this is the hottest ticket in town”. Room rates start from around £455.
Located minutes from Hyde Park in Marylebone, Henry’s Townhouse had its soft opening in December and fully reopened on 12 April. The private townhouse at the Grade II-listed No.24 Upper Berkeley Street was once owned by Jane Austen’s brother Henry. The building itself comprises seven elaborately designed bedrooms, each with its own unique narrative to tell. Common areas include a bespoke pantry kitchen with sharing table for breakfast, private dining and parties. This space converts into a fully equipped meeting room. Henry’s also boasts a small yet lavish carriage like cocktail “snug”, outside terrace for evening aperitifs and Jane Austen’s Reading Room, which is perfect for afternoon drinks or some quiet relaxation.
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The Westin London City
Marking the debut of Westin Hotels & Resorts in the UK, The Westin London City is poised to set a new standard for well-being in the heart of the capital. Opening in September, the 222-room hotel will boast a prime riverfront location in the heart of London, benefitting from panoramic views over the River Thames and an 8,000 sq ft Heavenly Spa by Westin. Led by British architects Dexter Moren Associates, the hotel’s design aims to “increase connectivity to the natural environment”.