London has some truly fabulous hotels – from The Connaught and Claridge’s in Mayfair to The Corinthia near Trafalgar Square, the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge and the new Rosewood London, to a whole host of great boutique hotels.
However, 2014 brought quite a few excellent hotels to add to the mix – read on for our guide to the best new London hotels of 2014.
Ham Yard Hotel, Soho
The latest hotel from the Firmdale group opened earlier this year in a fantastic location in Soho with its own courtyard. The 91 bedrooms and 24 residential apartments are designed in the classic Firmdale style with a bold mix of colour, patterns and textures.
Fantastic amenities include the 188-seat cinema, a 1950s bowling alley and a stunning guests-only rooftop bar.
The Beaumont, Mayfair
Chris Corbin and Jeremy King opened their first hotel at the end of the summer in Mayfair. With 50 rooms, 13 studios and 10 suites, The Beaumont occupies a historic 1926 building where the design is be a nod to the Art Deco period.
Art lovers should stay in ROOM, an experiential work of art commissioned from British sculptor, Antony Gormley – both a sculpture and a functioning hotel room!
The Mondrian Sea Containers
The latest Morgans Hotel Group property opened in the old Sea Containers’ building on the South Bank adding to the group’s portfolio that includes Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane in London.
Despite the 359 rooms and suites, the hotel’s best features may just be its two bars, one being the Rumpus Room with fabulous views of the city from its rooftop position.
Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard
The Shangri-La Hotel opened early in 2014 in the Shard near London Bridge, occupying floors 34 to 52, offering fantastic views of the city.
Whether you want to be mesmerized by the views or enjoy a taste of Asian hospitality in the capital, try the Shangri-la London.
One of the most talked about new openings for as long as I can remember, Chiltern Firehouse is Andre Balazs’s first London hotel housed in a converted fire station on a beautiful street in Marylebone.
The 26 rooms are designed with plush carpets, large beds and plenty of space for all your toiletries in your bathroom. If you’re an A-lister, the Chiltern Firehouse is right up your street.
The Hoxton Holborn
The Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch opened a sister hotel on High Holborn (not too far from the Rosewood London) in the summer of 2014 with 174 bedrooms over five floors. Rooms are categorised as Shoebox, Snug, Comfy and Roomy.
The Hoxton Holborn’s restaurants are run by The Soho House group, including Hubbard & Bell, the main restaurant and bar, and an outpost of Chicken Shop in the basement.
More to come in 2015…
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