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London hotels update

10 Oct 2009 by Mark Caswell

Business Traveller rounds up some of the new and revamped hotels in the capital.

Ten Manchester Street

Opening on Monday (October 12), TEN Manchester Street in London’s trendy Marylebone is a boutique (45 rooms) hotel with stays from £169 for a superior room. Cigar lovers should note it has an outdoor smoking Cigar lounge terrace, complete with bespoke designed humidor by Hunters & Frankau, the UK’s sole supplier of Cuban cigars.

Visit tenmanchesterstreethotel.com

Bermondsey Square Hotel (b²)

Also boutique (60 rooms) this new hotel close to London Bridge Station is aiming for business travellers and hosting meetings. There are three conference rooms with natural daylight, banqueting for up to 80 people and reception capacity for 150, and a private screening facility for up to 50 people at the Shortwave Cinema on the Square (where the antique market takes place every Friday). Other draws: a private members bar on the first floor, a terrace garden for alfresco dining for up to 120 people and Alfie’s, the 90-seat restaurant sourcing an all-English menu from nearby Borough Market. Opening rates of £99 per room.

Visit bermondseysquarehotel.co.uk

Crowne Plaza London City

A new “Lobby Lounge” has opened here with a menu which also makes use of local produce, this time as a result of the proximity of Smithfield Market. The Lounge’s signature dish of Scottish Roast Rib Beef (£14.95), has been sourced from Castle of Mey, reared in the North Highlands of Scotland. Check out the map of the world on the wall, while tucking into sliced cured air dried ham, honey truffled figs and shaved parmesan (£5.85) or free range fine herb omelette served with a green salad (£5.60). Open for all day dining, 6.00am -10pm.

Visit crowneplaza.com/londonthecity

Tom Otley

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