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The London EDITION

The London EDITION

September 11, 2013 By Nick Savage

Ian Schrager’s new hotel, nestled in the heart of Fitzrovia, seems to bear all of the hallmarks of a new urban cornerstone. Famed for founding the zeitgeist-y Studio 54 in Manhattan with Steve Rubell in 1977, Mr Schrager famously conjured up the same social sleight-of-hand in London by putting Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane on the map. His newest project, The London EDITION, looks poised to achieve the same cultural impact. The EDITION will juxtapose Edwardian England with contemporary international accents, and provide a full suite of gathering places likely to be popular with London’s boldest and most beautiful. Michelin-admired restaurateur Jason Atherton will continue his Big Smoke blitzkrieg of launches by opening Berners Tavern - a plush amalgamation of dark mohair and leather banquettes, rift cut oak tables, wall-to-wall art, and chandeliers inspired by New York’s Grand Central Station – in a lofty-ceilinged room. However, the piece de resistance is the towering amber backed liquor display cabinet behind the bar, which sets apart the restaurant’s design as one of the most prepossessing in the capital. Drinks are powered by Atherton’s mixological test kitchen and cocktail bar The Blind Pig. Visitors to the EDITION who prefer a liquid diet are spoilt for choice with a buzzy lobby bar taking centre stage for West End elite, or, for those who prefer their drinking to be intimate and discreet, The Punch Room is secreted away at the back of the lobby. The latter channels the classicism of a private club of yore, with a fumed oak-panelled room fitted out with a multitude of antique-inspired seating options, and cocktails served atop throwback silver salvers by an attractive and attentive staff.

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One Leicester Street Hotel

One Leicester Street Hotel

May 1, 2013 By Nick Savage

One Leicester Street Hotel

 

Located on what was formerly the premises of St John Hotel, One Leicester Street has been transformed by plucky Singaporean hotelier Peng Loh into a stylish, central London boutique hotel. Head chef Tom Harris, who gained a Michelin star at St John Chinatown in 2012, will be retained as chef patron. His cooking, like St John, will focus on stripped-back classic British cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and served with an emphasis on sharing plates. The design will offer a relaxing counterpoint to the bustle of nearby Chinatown, with dark oak parquet flooring, deep blue and grey walls, copper pendant lighting and black ash timber dining chairs.

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The Great Northern Hotel

The Great Northern Hotel

April 10, 2013 By Nick Savage

Great Northern Hotel

 

Following hot on the heels of the immense and immensely successful reopening of the St Pancras Grand Hotel, King’s Cross will be receiving another luxury hotel in traditional form with the opening of the Great Northern. Originally designed by Lewis Cubitt and opened in 1854, the building retains many of its original Italianate and Victorian features with modern grace notes. Following a £40 million reno by owner/operator Jeremy Robson, the boutique hotel will feature 90 bedrooms, a bar and brasserie named Plum + Spilt Milk and an extensive, 100-cover bar named the Great Northern Bar. Expect big things from this hotel, and from the area as a whole, which is quickly becoming a dining and drinking destination in its own right.

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The Domino, Grill Room & Ten Lounge at Hotel Cafe Royal

The Domino, Grill Room & Ten Lounge at Hotel Cafe Royal

January 9, 2013 By Nick Savage

The Domino, Grill Room & Ten Room Lounge @ Hotel Cafe Royal

 

One of London’s historic landmarks, which played host to a pantheon of Britain’s most iconic personalities including Wilde, Shaw, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Diana and David Bowie, has been restored to its former glory after a four-year refurbishment. Hotel Cafe Royal has opened its doors on Regent Street with a plethora of restaurants, an absinthe bar, a private members’ club, a spa and over 150 high-spec rooms and suites. Follow in the pampered footsteps of some of history’s most hallowed luminaries and delectate on champagne and caviar in the Grill Room, fine-dining the Domino Room or brasserie fare in the Ten Room.

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3 South Place Hotel

3 South Place Hotel

September 5, 2012 By Nick Savage

South Place Hotel

 

The D&D Restaurant Group (Floridita, Orrery, Coq d’Argent) are making their first foray into hotels this week and it sounds pretty darn cool. Straddling the divide between Shoreditch and The City, South Place will channel the smartness of one and the edginess of the other with the hottest contemporary art, Le Chiffre – a resident’s game room and cinema, a seventh floor seafood restaurant named The Angler, a casual ground floor diner named 3 South Place and an attached bar, which will have a 24-hour drinks license. Also, a gym, Bang & Olufsen televisions, power showers, and the list goes on; we really can’t do it justice with words – you’ll have to investigate on your own!

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