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New and upcoming London hotels (2022)

20 Sep 2022 by Mark Caswell
London skyline (istock.com/SHansche)

It’s been just over 18 months since we last published a round-up of new and forthcoming hotels in London, but in many ways it feels like a lifetime.

Back in January 2021 the UK was in the grips of a third national Covid-19 lockdown, with stay-at-home orders and the controversial introduction of hotel quarantine for travellers arriving from red list countries.

Fast forward to September 2022 and Covid-19 restrictions have long since been removed, but the last two years have taken their toll on London’s hotel industry, with several properties being forced to close, other changing hands, and many projects having been delayed.

Still, the UK capital remains one of the world’s most visited cities, and this round-up includes more than 50 hotels which have either opened since April 2021 (when restrictions started to lift), or are slated to be unveiled in late 2022 and beyond.

NEW HOTEL OPENINGS IN 2021 AND 2022

Adagio London Stratford

Aparthotel Adagio London Stratford

The sixth London property under Accor’s joint venture with the Pierre and Vacances Center Parcs group opened in April 2021.

The four-star aparthotel is set in the former London Olympics Athletes Village, now called East Village and home to more than 2,000 apartments, numerous independent food and drink outlets and hotels.

Adagio London Stratford offers 100 two-person studios and 36 flats designed to accommodate up to four people, all with fully equipped kitchens, with other facilities including The Circle co-working, living and cooking space, as well as a gym, onsite shop and a ‘Library of Things’, from which guests can borrow items to furnish their apartments.

For our Tried and Tested review of Adagio London Stratford (published in July 2021), see:

Hotel review: Aparthotel Adagio London Stratford

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Hub by Premier Inn London Soho

This 110-room property opened on Berwick Street in April 2021, as part of a wider development  offering 12 luxury private apartments, four family-sized apartments, a residents’ roof garden and a new retail area with shops, F&B businesses and a Co-op supermarket.

The hotel features a double-storey entrance atrium and a guest lounge on the lower ground level, with guestrooms looking onto Berwick Street and Hopkins Street to the west.

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NYX Hotel London Holborn

NYX Hotel London Holborn Bedroom

Fattal Hotels debuted its NYX Hotel brand in the UK in May 2021, with a property in London’s Holborn district.

NYX Hotel London Holborn was a rebranding of the Grange Holborn Hotel, with the property occupying a ten-storey building on the corner of Southampton Street and Theobalds Road.

A work of street art by Dan Kitchener, described as “part mural, part graffiti”, runs down the entire length of the building, and interiors have been designed by Garuda Design, with rooms and suites located down “moodily lit corridors” and featuring “eye-catching artwork”, large, padded leather headboards, teak sideboards, fully stocked mini Smeg fridges, Nespresso coffee machines, and bespoke ‘Dream’ beds.

Facilities include the all-day and late-night Nyx bar and restaurant, a basement spa with 13-metre Greco-Roman indoor swimming pool, a steam room, sauna and fitness centre.

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The Dilly, London

The Dilly

Formerly known as Le Meridien Piccadilly, this 293-room property reopened as an independent hotel in May 2021.

The Dilly, London features basement bar Downstairs at the Dilly, as well as ground floor bar and restaurant Madhu’s at the Dilly, which serves Punjabi cuisine with a Kenyan twist.

On the lower-ground floors there is a large health club with two squash courts, several rooms of fitness equipment, a swimming pool, dance studio and the Spa at the Dilly.

For our Tried and Tested review of The Dilly, London (published in September 2021), see:

Hotel review: The Dilly, London

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Nomad London

Exterior of Nomad London - photo credit Emsie Jonker

Housed within the grade II listed former Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station on Bow Street close to Covent Garden Underground Station, the 92-room Nomad London opened in May 2021.

The 92-room hotel features food and beverage outlets including all day dining Nomad Restaurant – housed within an atrium “reminiscent of an Edwardian Greenhouse” – as well as Side Hustle offering a shared plates menu, and “East London style craft cocktail bar” Common Decency.

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Lexham Gardens by Cheval Maison

Lexham Gardens by Cheval Maison

Luxury serviced apartment brand Cheval Collection opened its ninth London property in June 2021, located in the capital’s Kensington district.

Cheval Lexham Gardens features 30 fully equipped one- and two-bedroom apartments spread across six floors, with design inspired by the “quintessentially British history of the South Kensington property”, and facilities including a landscaped atrium garden and fitness centre with Precor equipment.

For our Tried and Tested review of Lexham Gardens by Cheval Maison (published in September 2021), see:

Serviced apartments review: Lexham Gardens by Cheval Maison

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Hyatt Place London City East

Hyatt Place London City East

Hyatt opened the first central London hotel under its select service Hyatt Place brand in June 2021.

Hyatt Place London City East is housed within a redeveloped 1980s office on Whitechapel Road, just over half a mile walk from Liverpool Street rail and Underground station.

Features include 280 rooms with “separate spaces to sleep, work and play”, some of which have private terraces, as well as Pocketsquare Skyline Bar and Terrace with views of London, Zoom restaurant, and The Market “serving freshly prepared meals anytime, day or night”.

There are also two events spaces for up to 20 guests, a fitness centre, and free wifi throughout.

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Hub by Premier Inn London Shoreditch

The 246-room Hub by Premier Inn London Shoreditch opened in July 2021, marking the second Hub property in the Shoreditch area and the fourteenth across the UK.

The hotel occupies a former Victorian stable block on Quaker Street, with the gabled facades of the original building retained during the conversion.

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Mondrian Shoreditch London

The Curtain hotel is set to be rebranded as the Mondrian Shoreditch London

The former Curtain hotel and members’ club in London’s Shoreditch reopened as the Mondrian Shoreditch London in July 2021, following “a major overhaul and complete redesign by London interior design studio Goddard Littlefair”.

The rebranding marked the return of Mondrian to the London hotel scene, following the debranding of the Sea Containers hotel on the South Bank in 2019.

Owned by The Reuben Brothers and operated by Accor and partner Sbe, the 120-room hotel features a rooftop pool, co-working space, and private venue and bar The Screening Room, as well as Bibos tapas restaurant – the first UK eatery by Spanish Michelin-starred chef Dani Garcia.

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Travelodge London Manor House

Travelodge Super Room

Travelodge London Manor House opened in July 2021, located on Seven Sisters Road opposite Finsbury Park and a couple of minutes walks from Manor House station.

The hotel features both the group’s Travelodge Plus offering, with enhanced “budget chic rooms” with king-size Travelodge Dreamer beds, blackout curtains, USB ports, bespoke pixel wall art and a new ‘Tranquility Zen’ colour scheme, as well as the brand’s Super Rooms category, with amenities including Lavazza coffee machines and Hansgrohe Raindance showers.

travelodge.co.uk

Radisson Red London Greenwich The O2

Radisson Red London Greenwich The O2

Radisson debuted its lifestyle Radisson Red brand in southeast London in August 2021, joining UK properties in Glasgow and at Heathrow airport.

Radisson Red London Greenwich The O2 is located near the Royal Museums Greenwich, and less than a mile from the O2 Arena.

The 70-room hotel features an all-day restaurant serving a selection of pizzas and burgers, salads and sharing platters, as well as glass-clad rooftop bar Nine, which offers views across Greenwich, Canary Wharf and The O2.

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Beaverbrook Town House

Sloane Street

Country house hotel Beaverbrook unveiled its first outpost in London in August 2021, housed within two Georgian townhouses on Sloane Street.

A partnership with property manager, investor and developer Cadogan – which owns 93 acres of Chelsea and Kensington – has seen the 14-suite Beaverbrook Town House open opposite Cadogan Place Gardens.

The suites are styled and named after “celebrated and well-loved London theatres”, and the property will also feature a 60-cover contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar, the interiors of which will be inspired by 19th century artist Kokusai.

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Pan Pacific London

Pan Pacific London Credit Jack Hardy

Pan Pacific Hotels Group unveiled its long-awaited London property in September 2021, with the opening of a 237-room hotel close to Liverpool Street station.

The 42-floor Pan Pacific London is housed within the One Bishopsgate Plaza development, and features interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg.

Facilities include The Orchid Lounge offering afternoon tea by Cherish Finden, Ginger Lily bar, all day dining Straits Kitchen, destination cocktail bar Silverleaf at The Devonshire House, a patisserie with grab-and-go option, and two private dining rooms seating up to 14 guests.

There is also a dedicated wellbeing floor with an 18.5-metre infinity pool, treatment rooms, relaxation pods, fitness centre, saunas, steam rooms and a “mindfulness studio”, as well as ten meeting venues including the Pacific Ballroom which can accommodate up to 400 guests.

For our Tried and Tested review of the Pan Pacific London (published in December 2021), see:

Hotel review: Pan Pacific London

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The Londoner

The Londoner Aerial View

The Londoner finally opened its doors in September 2021, proclaiming itself to be “the world’s first super boutique hotel”.

The 350-room property had originally been due to open in the summer of 2020, but this was pushed back several times due to the onset of Covid-19.

The hotel is located on the southwest corner of Leicester Square, forming part of the redeveloped Odeon West End site, and offers a total of six restaurants and bars, including the rooftop Japanese izakaya lounge 8 at The Londoner, and ground floor signature restaurant Whitcomb’s featuring contemporary French cooking with influences from surrounding Mediterranean cuisines.

Other venues include Joshua’s Tavern, inspired by 18th-century portrait artist and Leicester Square local Sir Joshua Reynolds, and The Stage lobby restaurant and bar centred around champagne.

The Retreat spa and wellness centre is situated four floors below ground level, and features a pool, juice bar, sauna, steam room and hydro-pool.

thelondoner.com

Canopy by Hilton London City

Canopy by Hilton London City

The 340-room Canopy by Hilton London City finally opened within the Minories development close to Aldgate Underground station in October 2021.

Business Traveller first reported on the property back in March 2016, and it had originally been scheduled to open in 2018, but several delays pushed back the unveiling by some three years.

The property features Penny Squares restaurant, which “weaves a story of the East End with Jewish and Middle Eastern flavours bringing people together over sharing plates from blazing clay ovens, evocative cocktails and a well-traveled wine list”.

Freedom Cafe offers coffee, lunches and workspace by day, and “cocktails, small plates, music & electric atmosphere by night”, while the “exclusive rooftop wonderland” Florattica has been inspired by “17th century Huguenot silk weavers who made this area their home”.

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Cove Landmark Pinnacle, Canary Wharf

Cove Landmark Pinnacle ground floor

Hospitality group Edyn opened the first London property under its new Cove brand in November 2021.

Housed within Canary Wharf’s Landmark Pinnacle skyscraper, the 162-key serviced apartment offers 72 studio and 90 one-bedroom apartments, 54 of which will include winter terraces.

Guests receive unlimited access to the building’s residential gym and members’ lounge, golf simulator and winter garden.

For our Tried and Tested review of the Cove Landmark Pinnacle, Canary Wharf (published in May 2022), see:

Apartment review: Cove Landmark Pinnacle, Canary Wharf

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Westin London City

Westin-London-City-swimming-pool

Marriott debuted its Westin brand in the UK capital in November 2021, with the opening of the Westin London City.

The hotel is located on the site of the redeveloped Queensbridge House on the North Bank of the River Thames, opposite the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Food and beverage outlets include all-day dining venue Mosaic, a champagne bar in partnership with Taittinger, and Hithe + Seek wine bar with panoramic views over the River Thames.

Other features include an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, business centre and 830sqm of events space including four meeting rooms and a Junior Ballroom.

For our Tried and Tested review of the Westin London City (published in February 2022), see:

Hotel review: The Westin London City

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The Gantry London - Curio Collection by Hilton

The Gantry London, Curio Collection by Hilton

Located opposite Stratford International station, The Gantry London opened in November 2021 within an 18-storey building which “sports a delicate yet distinctive exterior frame formed by slim vertical fins reminiscent of railway lines”, and which “draws inspiration from New York’s famous Flatiron building, with its narrow triangular footprint”.

Facilities include 291 rooms featuring “copper and dark metal furnishings with natural wooden and velvety textures”, as well as first floor dining venue Union Social with cocktail bar and open kitchen.

The hotel sits above The Stratford Grocer and Co – a food market, deli and coffee shop – and also hosts a rooftop bar and restaurant on the property’s 18th floor.

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Courtyard London City Airport

Courtyard London City Airport

Marriott opened a new-build Courtyard hotel within walking distance of London City airport in November 2021.

Located on Connaught Road (the A112) around a five-minute walk from the airport terminal, the Courtyard London City Airport is the first new hotel in the Docklands area since 2014.

The property features a business centre, bar and restaurant, three meeting spaces and a grab and go market concept with Starbucks coffee.

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Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity, London Paddington

Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity, London, Paddington

Staycity opened the third London property under its premium Wilde brand in February 2022.

Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity, London, Paddington is located off the A40 close to Merchant Square, and offers 249 studios and one-bedroom apartments, featuring kitchenettes with Smeg and Nespresso appliances, as well as Grohe rainfall showers and “Irish-inspired accessories and soft furnishings”.

Facilities include a lobby bar, breakfast station and lounge area, as well as an honesty pantry, fitness centre and laundry room.

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One Hundred Shoreditch

A room at One Hundred Shoreditch

The former Ace Hotel London on Shoreditch High Street reopened as One Hundred Shoreditch in March 2022, nearly two years after the property last welcomed guests.

The hotel closed in early 2020 shortly after the onset of Covid-19, and later that year it was confirmed that the property would no longer operate under the Ace Hotel brand.

Under its new guise the property offers 258 rooms and suites, as well as the Seed Library cocktail bar by renowned bartender Mr Lyan.

Other facilities include a rooftop bar and terrace, lobby bar and coffee shop, five meeting and events spaces, and The Workshop, a gallery and art space “showcasing global contemporary and urban print and street art”.

onehundredshoreditch.com

Sonder The Henry Hotel, London

Sonder The Henry Hotel

Hospitality firm Sonder opened The Henry, a 102-room property close to Hyde Park in April 2022.

A refurbishment of the former Henry VIII hotel, the property is located on Leinster Terrace, a short walk from Bayswater and Queensway underground stations and a 15-minute walk from Paddington.

For our Tried and Tested review of Sonder The Henry Hotel, London (published in June 2022), see:

Hotel review: Sonder The Henry Hotel, London

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Chateau Denmark

Chateau Denmark

Boutique hotel Chateau Denmark opened its doors in April 2022, housed “across 16 characterful buildings in and around Denmark Street”.

The 55-key property features design by London-based Taylor Howes, imagining a time where “punk rock and vintage gothic meet modern psychedelia with a timeless grandeur”.

Accommodation options range from Session Rooms where guests can expect “gold-trimmed, graffitied signature beds”, to signature apartments include the 51 sqm ‘I Am Anarchy’ – a duplex mews house featuring “Johnny Rotten’s storied caricatures of his fellow bandmates, the Sex Pistols”,

The top floor of the building house the first London outlet for restaurant group Tattu, while additional venues will open later in 2022, including a lounge bar and basement club, a recording studio, and live events spaces ranging in capacity from 360 to 2,000 guests.

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Inhabit Queen’s Garden

Inhabit Queen's Gardens

Inhabit Hotels opened its second London hotel in April 2022, housed within a series of mid-19th century townhouses on a tree-lined square near Lancaster Gate.

The property comprises 158 rooms, a meat-free restaurant and bar, lounge areas for socialising and working, a quiet library and a subterranean wellness area with treatment rooms, a fitness suite and yoga studio.

Interiors by Holland Harvey Architects and Caitlin Henderson Design fuse “contemporary Scandi inspiration and Eastern philosophical awareness with quintessentially British design”, and rooms feature a ‘phone lock-box’ in the bedside tables, designed to encourage screen-free time.

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Hyatt Regency London Stratford and Hyatt House London Stratford

Hyatt House London Stratford and Hyatt Regency London Stratford lobby space

Not strictly speaking new hotels, but the Holiday Inn Stratford City and Staybridge Suites Stratford City were reflagged under two of Hyatt’s brands in April 2022.

The 225-room Hyatt Regency London Stratford and 127-room Hyatt House London Stratford form part of a mixed-use building within the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre close to Stratford station, with retail outlets on the ground floor, the reception of the Hyatt Regency on the third floor, and that of the Hyatt Houseon the 12th floor.

Facilities of the dual-hotel development include Elondi restaurant, offering a “locally sourced and seasonal East London inspired menu”, as well as a fitness centre and 295sqm of meeting and events space.

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Hotel Amano Covent Garden

Amano Covent Garden Rooftop terrace. John-Athimaritis

German-based The Amano Group opened its first international outpost in London in May 2022, with a property located in Covent Garden.

The hotel is located within a former 1980s office building, known as Drury House, on the corner of Russell Street and Drury Lane, and offers 141 rooms, a rooftop bar and terrace on the 7th floor, and a basement bar. The property will be joined by Penelope’s this autumn, a ground-floor restaurant which offers a fusion of Israeli and Spanish cuisine from the group’s culinary director Ronen Dovrat Bloch.

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Yotel London Shoreditch

Yotel London Shoreditch Bar, restaurant and co-working space

The 161-room Yotel London Shoreditch opened in June 2022, following a refurbishment and rebranding of the East London Hotel on Cambridge Heath Road.

Features include self-service stations, enabling guests to check-in “in under a minute”, as well as a bar, restaurant and co-working space which is accessible via the high street and hotel lobby.

Yotel London Shoreditch is located close to Bethnal Green tube station, and within walking distance of London Fields, Broadway Market and Columbia Road.

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Lost Property St Paul's London - Curio Collection by Hilton

Lost Property Curio by Hilton Junior-Suite-505

Hilton’s latest London hotel under its Curio Collection brand opened in July 2022, housed behind the Grade II listed Creed Court building on the corner of Ludgate Hill and Creed Lane.

The 145-room property features a ground-floor restaurant and bar, as well as a barista café, and six floors of rooms, some with views across to St Paul’s Cathedral, which is located around 100 metres from the hotel.

For our Tried and Tested review of Lost Property St Paul’s London (published in August 2022), see:

Hotel review: Lost Property St Paul’s London – Curio Collection by Hilton

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Citizen M London Victoria Station

Citizen M London Victoria Station

The fourth London property under Dutch hotel brand Citizen M opened in July 2022, located on Vauxhall Bridge Road, a few minutes’ walk from Victoria train station.

Interiors were designed by Amsterdam-based Concrete, with furniture from Vitra, and rooms have king-sized beds, rain showers and large TVs. The hotel also features the all day dining Canteen M.

For our Tried and Tested review of Citizen M London Victoria Station (published in September 2022), see:

Hotel review: Citizen M London Victoria Station

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Tribe London Canary Wharf

Tribe London Canary Wharf

Accor opened the first UK property under its midscale lifestyle brand Tribe in August 2022.

Tribe London Canary Wharf is located on Water Street, around five minutes’ walk from Canary Wharf Underground station, and features 320 rooms across three categories – 14sqm Tribe Comfort rooms with city views, 14sqm Tribe Comfort Atrium rooms overlooking the hotel’s atrium, and 21sqm Tribe Comfort XL corner rooms overlooking Wood Wharf.

Facilities include all day dining restaurant Feels Like June for “Europe-meets-West Coast” cuisine such as breakfast burritos and mezze platters, as well as a bar and 24-hour Grab and Go counter for barista coffee and ready-to-eat meals.

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Travelodge London Docklands Central

Travelodge London Docklands Central

The 350-room Travelodge London Docklands Central opened in August 2022 close to East India DLR station, and features a number of sustainable elements, including solar panels, air source heat pumps and electric vehicle charging points.

The property is also one of the first to offer the group’s new “budget-luxe” concept which was unveiled earlier this year, with features including a reception design with leather bench seating and wooden style flooring, and bedrooms redesigned with a new signature navy blue colour for the R&R (Resting and Relaxation) section of the room, and “a serene colour palette for the functional and energising side of the room where you need to work and get ready”.

travelodge.co.uk

UPCOMING OPENINGS

Sun Street Hotel

Sun Street Hotel

Sun Street Hotel (named after the street on which it is situated) is set to open in October 2022, as part of the mixed used One Crown Place development on the borders of Shoreditch and the City of London.

The hotel is housed within a restored Georgian terrace building, and features 41 rooms with king-size beds, Oxford pillows, Illy coffee machines and Penhaligon toiletries.

F&B venues include a 40-cover restaurant offering modern British cuisine, as well as the Courtyard for alfresco drinks and dining, a sun deck reserved for residents and members, and the Orangery for breakfast, morning coffee and pre-dinner drinks.

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Art’otel London Battersea Power Station

CGI of the Masterpiece Suite at the art’otel London Battersea Power Station

It’s been a long time coming, but PPHE Hotel Group is finally set to debut its Art’otel brand in London.

Business Traveller first reported on the 164-room property back in 2015, and it had originally been scheduled to open in 2019, but the hotel is now set to be unveiled in late 2022.

The property will feature interiors by Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon, who has drawn inspiration from both the building’s history and “future at the centre of a new cultural district and neighbourhood”.

Facilities will include a signature restaurant, as well as a rooftop swimming pool and bar.

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The Hoxton, Shepherd's Bush

The Hoxton, Shepherd's Bush

The Hoxton is set to open its fourth hotel in London in December 2022, located in Shepherd’s Bush.

The 237-room hotel will be situated on the north end of Shepherd’s Bush Green, close to Shepherd’s Bush Market, Bush Hall and music venue Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The Hoxton, Shepherd’s Bush will feature a large open lobby with vintage seating, a central wraparound bar and terrace offering cocktails and coffees, a standalone retail shop, and Thai-Americana all-day restaurant Chet’s.

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Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars

Cocktail Bar at the Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars

The former Crowne Plaza London The City is set to reopen under Hyatt’s Regency brand in December 2022, following “an extensive refurbishment programme”.

The Grade II listed property is located on New Bridge Street just north of Blackfriars Bridge and Blackfriars station, with Hyatt stating that the hotel will offer an all-day New York style bistro and a specialty Chinese restaurant, as well as a cocktail bar with outdoor area, meeting spaces and a fitness centre.

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Broadwick Soho

Rendering of the Broadwick Soho

Scheduled to open “in 2022”, the Broadwick Soho is the first London hotel designed by Martin Brudnizki, and is described as “your eccentric godmother’s Soho townhouse”, with Brudnizki taking inspiration “from the gritty glamour, but also eclectic and diverse history of Soho”.

Situated on the corner of Broadwick Street and Berwick Street, the hotel will offer 57 “residential-feeling” rooms including a penthouse and nine suites, with “many rooms offering private balconies overlooking the bustling streets”.

The hotel’s food and beverage concepts will be operated in partnership with Jamie Poulton and chef Ed Baines, founders of Randall and Aubin on nearby Brewer Street. There will be a street level Italian restaurant with terrace, and a rooftop cocktail bar with wrap around terrace.

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Raffles London at the OWO

Raffles London at the OWO

The Facebook page for this hotly anticipated Raffles property – housed within the former Old War Office at the junction of Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall – currently states an opening date of 2023.

Raffles London at the OWO will offer 120 rooms and 85 branded residences, as well as extensive wellness facilities and 11 destination F&B venues including a rooftop restaurant and bar.

Completed in 1906, the seven-floor property served as the office of political and military leaders including Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Lord Kitchener, Herbert Asquith and T.E. Lawrence.

Accor said that the five-year renovation programme would see key features of the building restored, including hand-laid mosaic floors, oak panelling, chandeliers and a marble staircase.

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Mandarin Oriental Mayfair

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will open its second London hotel in spring 2023.

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair is located on Hanover Square, with the building’s design by Rogers Stick Harbour and Partners. The property will include 50 rooms and suites designed by UK-based Studio Indigo, and there will also be 78 private residences.

Interior design will be led by Tokyo-based studio Curiosity, with a decor based on a concept of ‘a hub of nature and art’, and the hotel will be home to award-winning chef Akira Back’s first namesake restaurant in the UK, along with his A Bar Lounge concept.

On the leisure front, there will be a spa “focused on renewal and recalibration” with an indoor 25-metre swimming pool, sauna, vitality pool, relaxation room and bespoke treatments.

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The Peninsula London

Peninsula London

First announced in 2015, London’s first Peninsula hotel is currently scheduled to open in early 2023, in the capital’s Belgravia district.

The property will be housed on the site of a former 1960s office block overlooking Hyde Park Corner between Grosvenor Crescent and Halkin Street, and will feature 190 rooms as well as shops, bars, restaurants and a ballroom.

Design features will include a colonnade “linking to an internal ‘Palazzo-style’ courtyard”, and there will also be around 25 residential apartments with a separate spa, reception and entrance.

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"Locke Kensington"

London's NH Kensington is to be converted into a Locke aparthotel

Hospitality group Edyn has announced plans to open the sixth London property under its design-led Locke aparthotels brand.

The firm has acquired the former NH Kensington hotel, situated on Cromwell Road around five minutes north of Earls Court Underground station.

The as-yet-unnamed property is set to be converted into a 121-unit aparthotel, with an opening date scheduled for June 2023.

Features will include a mixture of studio, one and two-bedroom open plan apartments, as well as a bar, restaurant, co-working and meeting space, and private gardens, while design will draw inspiration from “the iconic art deco style of Derry and Tom’s Department store and the golden age of Kensington”, with a “glamorous mid-century aesthetic”.

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Six Senses London

A view of the restored Grade II listed Whiteleys façade looking south towards Hyde Park. Credit Lightfield for Foster and Partners

Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas will open its first UK property in West London in 2023.

The 110-room Six Senses London will be located within the former Whiteleys department store in Bayswater.

Facilities will include a 20-metre swimming pool, indoor Padel court, fitness centre, steam room, sauna and Six Senses spa, alongside a bar and all-day dining restaurant with open kitchen and indoor and out door seating.

The 1,300 sqm ground floor will be inspired by the brand’s “connection to people and nature”, with the lobby featuring plants, textured fabrics, bespoke flooring, reclaimed wood furniture and upholstery in natural tones, while glass display cabinets will flank the walls.

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Ruby Stella

The Vine Hill development in Clerkenwell

Lean luxury brand Ruby Hotels will open a 153-room property in London’s Clerkenwell in summer 2023.

Ruby Stella will form part of a mixed-use development which will also feature offices and nine new-build affordable residential units.

The development will see a two-storey extension and private terraces added to the existing Victorian Ragged School building, with the offices scheduled to be completed in February 2023, followed by the hotel and residential units in July next year.

rubyhotels.com

St Regis London

Rendering of The St Regis London

The Westbury hotel in London’s Mayfair is set to become a St Regis property, with an expected reopening date of 2023.

The hotel will be rebranded as The St Regis London following a £90 million transformation, with an additional eighth floor being added to the existing property.

Features will include 196 rooms and suites designed by Peter Newman-Earp of Morrison Design, with interiors by Richmond International.

An extension to the rear of the property will create “enhanced public areas”, and the building’s facade and drop-off area will be renovated. The Polo Bar will be retained, and there are plans for a signature restaurant, speakeasy jazz bar, fitness centre and spa.

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Hyde Paradox Hotel London City

Hyde Paradox Hotel London City will occupy 15 Old Bailey (image from Boscalt Hospitality's LinkedIn page)

Hyde Hotels has announced that its first European property will open in 2023, occupying the redeveloped 15 Old Bailey.

The seven-storey building – which dates back to 1874 – will feature 110 rooms, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar.

The Hyde brand forms part of Accor’s global lifestyle hotel partnership with UK-based developer Ennismore, which was announced in late 2020.

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Citizen M London Olympia

Olympia, credit @wearenarritiv

Dutch hotel group Citizen M is to open its fifth London hotel in 2023. The property will be located in the transformed Olympia London exhibition centre on Hammersmith Road, which is set to open in 2023 following a £1.3 billion regeneration led by Yoo Capital and Deutsche Finance International.

The mixed-use development will also feature a live music venue owned by entertainment company AEG, a 196-room Hyatt Regency property (see below) and conference centres.

Citizen M London Olympia will include 145 rooms, three meeting rooms, and a living room open to the public in the listed historic Apex room. Interiors will be designed by Amsterdam-based partner Concrete and will feature furniture from Vitra, one of Citizen M’s long-term collaborators.

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Park Hyatt London River Thames

Park Hyatt London River Thames Lobby

Hyatt is set to open its first Park Hyatt property in the UK in late 2023, located in London’s Nine Elms area on the south bank of the River Thames.

The 203-room property will be located within R&F UK’s Nine Elms development, a mixed-use project which will also comprise 2,300 apartments and over 11,150 sqm of commercial space.

This will include the company’s One Thames City development, made up of premium residences, hotels, shops, a park and restaurants. The hotel will have a secure executive wing and event spaces, including a large ballroom, targeting both business and government travellers due to its proximity to the new US embassy.

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Rendering of the new Rosewood hotel, to be housed within the former US Embassy in London
  • Rosewood Hotels and Resorts has confirmed that its new London property will be named The Chancery Rosewood, a nod to the building within which it will be housed in Mayfair. The 139-room hotel is being built within the former US Embassy on Grosvenor Square, which was the first purpose-built chancery in London, and is scheduled to open in 2024, with interior design being led by French architect and designer Joseph Dirand, Features will include a 750-capacity ballroom, a Yabu Pushelberg designed Asaya integrative wellness facility, public spaces and dining venues designed by Tristan Auer and Bar Studio, and five retail outlets.
  • Whitbread has secured planning permission for a new Hub by Premier Inn property in London’s Square Mile. The hotel will be housed within the former Snow Hill Police Station off Holborn Viaduct, with the building’s Grade II listed facade being retained. Plans call for a new atrium to be built behind the facade, with the rest of the building remodelled to accommodate 219 rooms.
Ruby Hotels Southwark
  • Ruby Group has announced plans for a 169-room hotel in Southwark, marking its fourth property in the UK capital. Set to open in 2024, the hotel will be built in a new landscaped public space called Friars Yard at 160 Blackfriars Road, and will comprise 169 rooms over seven floors, as well as an inner courtyard, 24-hour bar, café and lounge on the ground floor.
  • Investor and developer Dominvs Group has received planning permission for a 837-room dual hotel development in London’s Nine Elms. The plans will see an 11-storey, 360-room midscale hotel built alongside a 15-storey, 477-room “affordable luxury” property, which will also offer a ground-floor cafe and rooftop restaurant and bar. The properties are currently being referred to simply as the north and south hotels, but it is understood they will be managed by two as yet-unnamed hotel operators. The development will be situated to the west of the US embassy, with the hotels slated to open in 2024.
Art'otel London Hoxton
  • Scheduled to open in early 2024, Art’otel London Hoxton will be housed with a cylindrical new-build property on Old Street. PPHE Hotel Group has previously said that the mixed-use development would comprise a total of 27 floors, with five floors of office space, 17 floors of hotel rooms, and five floors dedicated to facilities including a gym, swimming pool, wellness facilities, an art gallery, destination restaurant, bar, and a 24th floor auditorium and event space.
  • Hyatt has announced plans for its second Regency property in London, to be located on the redeveloped Olympia London exhibition centre site along with the Citizen M London Olympia. The 196-room Hyatt Regency London Olympia will be directly connected to the convention centre and is scheduled to open in 2024. Facilities will include a restaurant and lobby lounge with bar and market area, as well as four meeting rooms.
  • In August 2022 Whitbread unveiled plans for a new Hub by Premier Inn hotel close to Trafalgar Square. The group has acquired 5 Strand, a freehold property within a few minutes’ walking distance of both Charing Cross station and Trafalgar Square, and subject to planning permission the building will be converted into a Hub by Premier Inn hotel featuring a Bar and Block steakhouse restaurant, with an opening date slated for 2027.
17-22 South Audley Street - image from http://17-22southaudleystreet.com
  • The Oberoi Group is to open a serviced residences property On South Audley Street in London’s Mayfair, marking Oberoi’s debut in Europe. The 23-residence property will be housed within a Grade II listed building on the corner of South Audley Street and South Street, close to Hyde Park and The Dorchester hotel. Few details have been released at this stage, and the 2022 scheduled opening date now looks unlikely, but what is known is that aside from the serviced residences, the property will offer “a small restaurant and refurbished retail space”.
  • Premier Inn is set to open a 400-room hotel in London’s Canary Wharf, in what will be the group’s biggest city centre hotel. Whitbread, Premier Inn’s parent company, will take a 30-year lease of the hotel and restaurant, with the development also featuring 66 residential apartments, retail and community space, a roof garden and a ground floor “Whitbread-branded restaurant”.
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