Where to stay: ENGLAND
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The DNA: Visionary British hospitality brand The Signet Collection has officially opened its second hotel, The Retreat at Elcot Park in West Berkshire. Housed in a Grade II-listed 18th-century building with 55 bedrooms and suites, interior design firm Taylor & Turner has created a retreat that offers complete escapism and a sense of fun.
The DNA: London’s Denmark Street was once home to numerous musical publishers, and rock weeklies like Melody Maker and NME. Later, it filled in with recording studios and guitar shops (the Stones recorded their first album here), as well as bars and cafés frequented by David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix. So if you expect Chateau Denmark to make something of this rock-and-roll heritage, you’re not wrong.
Aloft Hotels, created by Marriott’s gobbled-upped Starwood chain, was conceived as a more affordable sister to the company’s famous W brand. Newer outposts are often a depart from the prototype new builds, like the Liverpool one, set in the iconic heritage listed Royal Insurance Building, and offering a restaurant recommended by Michelin.
Just up the road from the site of Mother Kelly’s Doorstep (subject of the popular musical hall song), this 161-room hotel with stylish cafe-bar is a great base from which to explore central London (City five minutes by tube, West End 15), the entertainment hub of Shoreditch (a 20-minute walk) and newly buzzing Bethnal Green itself. Rooms are well-equipped if diminutive (several are windowless), but no one comes to an area like this to stay inside.
This pioneering new opening sets a new global industry standard for environmental responsibility in the fight against climate change and proves sustainability doesn’t mean sacrificing style, convenience, or comfort. At a time when reducing the impact of climate change is more important than ever, room2 Chiswick is an ideal destination for eco-conscious and responsible travellers looking for the ultimate stay in London.
This hip hotel is set in a nine-storey build that's clad in weathered-effect metal panels to give an urban contrast to the original façade that has been retained from a former hat factory. The social heart of the hotel is the Bar Moxy, where a cocktail is served at check-in, alongside the room key. Bar Moxy and the social atrium space has a modern and industrial feel, with local-inspired artwork, curated Manchester-style illustrations and illuminated signs across the lobby.
Opening late 2022 the luxury Raffles London at The OWO hotel will house 120 rooms and suites, 85 branded residences, an extensive wellness space and 11 destination restaurants and bars, including a rooftop restaurant and bar with panoramic views across Whitehall, The Mall and on to Buckingham Palace. Some of the suites will be located in the building’s corner turrets, from which guests will enjoy views over Horse Guards and St. James’s Park.
The ornate terracotta exterior, with its columns and dancing putti, make this one of the most impressive hotel buildings in the city. Most of the original lobby features of Charles Fitzroy Doll’s 19th-century building are now restored and expanded. The look is grand and temple-like, with multi-coloured marbles, dark wood and extravagant chandeliers.
It takes some confidence to replace the old Odeon Cinema West End with a hotel that towers eight floors above Leicester Square, with a further six levels below ground. It’s conceived as a “super-boutique” hotel, which aims to marry the character and personalized service of a boutique with the large scale and extreme comforts of a high-end luxury operation.
Charming and whimsical, The Ampersand hotel is set in a historical 1888 Victorian property. A quintessential London Hotel it is located in a fashionable location. The pillared foyer and grand staircase lit by a cascading chandelier lead to a gourmet Mediterranean restaurant, games room with table tennis, classic hotel bar with sophisticated urban feel, and several drawing rooms where a patisserie and tea menu is available.
Reassuringly old-fashioned – the hotel dates from 1908 and heritage is key to the hotel’s success, but the recent makeover has continued to cleverly nudge the hotel into the modern era – GBR restaurant being a fine example. Oil paintings line the walls of the lobby and in the bar; make sure to take a ride in the wood panelled lift – one of the many original features. The façade has been refreshed and arriving in the small courtyard feels like coming back home for many guests.
Grand without being gaudy. Entering the hotel, guests are met with a zebra crossing-like marble floor in a lobby filled with decadently squashy sofas and floor-to-(very high)-ceiling glass cabinets of curios, including a Clockwork Orange mannequin head. Despite the effortless elegance, the place doesn't take itself too seriously, with cages of fake birds and models of a bulldog and bear by the lifts. Corridors are dark and sultry, with eye-catching touches such as a rose gold mirrored ceiling.
A stylish makeover of bold electric-blue furnishings and contemporary chrome fittings combine with beautiful tapestries, elegant Jacobean fire-pieces and sculptured ceilings to bring this grand hotel bang up to date. Guests who enter the oak-panelled lounge via a wicket door will still find traces of the Grade One-listed building's royal ancestry in Queen Anne Boleyn's crests and Queen Elizabeth's coat of arms on the ceilings (Elizabeth and King Henry VIII used it as a hunting lodge).
Located on the edge of historic Windsor Great Park and The Savill Garden, 20 minutes from London Heathrow Airport and within an hour of London, this hotel is surrounded by 40 acres of open green space featuring a tranquil lake. What sets its apart is its size (200 luxurious rooms), an extensive spa and wellness area plus 7 food and beverage outlets.
The hotel dates back to 1812, became known as Claridges in 1854 and was entirely rebuilt in the 1890s. Interiors largely remain true to a 1920s Art Deco refurbishment with The Reading Room and Foyer opening onto the reception lobby, and used for snacks and meals throughout the day. Afternoon tea is an institution here. The sultry, aubergine-coloured Fumoir cocktail bar has a cosy allure while the bigger Claridge’s bar is a sophisticated, street-side rendezvous.
Set within the multi-million-pound Minories development close to Aldgate station, the eco-conscious 340-room hotel provides the perfect base for design-conscious travellers looking to immerse themselves in London's lively East End. The hotel's interior design reflects the rich culture of the area's historic textile industry. Inspired by the Huguenot silk weavers who settled in the area in the 17th century. Artwork created by neighbourhood artists adorns the public spaces throughout the hotel.
The building was designed by architect Richard Seifert and constructed from 1967 to 1969 by Grand Metropolitan Hotels as the Britannia Hotel. It has a classical red-brick facade facing Grosvenor Square, and a modern concrete, brick and glass facade facing Adam's Row, which is the main entrance. From 1981 it was the Britannia InterContinental London, from 1996 Millennium Britannia, from 2000 Millennium London Mayfair and in its recent incarnation (2019) it is part of Hilton's LXR brand.
The Half Moon Street address pays tribute to the frilly artistic folk of the 19th century. There’s a playful dose of Alice-in-Wonderland-meets-Oscar-Wilde, with nods to the flamboyance of characters from The Importance of Being Earnest, and quirky colored graphic art playing with motifs from down the rabbit hole. It could all add up to something distinctly gimmicky but a sense of restraint and a Claridges-esque appreciation for Art Deco has resulted in rooms that are moody, masculine and smart.
The hotel first opened in 1815 as the Prince of Saxe Coburg Hotel, an offshoot of a hotel opened by Alexander Grillon in Albemarle Street, Mayfair, and was originally a pair of Georgian houses in Charles Street, near Grosvenor Square. The 1st Duke of Westminster decided to redevelop the area, and the street was changed, becoming Carlos Place. In 1892 Scorrier, the owner, applied to rebuild the hotel, although work did not start until two years later, when the original houses were demolished.
Built in 1875, this chalk-white Victorian sprawl is fondly known as the 'white palace' and was a favourite of Victorian high society, who would come to imbibe lungfuls of health-boosting sea air. The only five-star hotel on the British coastline, it's unashamedly posh with its huge marble columns, grand ancestral portraits and polished antique furnishings.
With a stunning new look from interior designer Nicola Harding, the property combines quirky British sensibility with elegant authentic luxury. Sheltered within a Grade II-listed property dating back to 1665, the now hotel was originally used as ancillary accommodation for guests of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace. Set on the banks of the River Thames, the 36-key hotel includes a riverside all day dining and wine bar, a brasserie and bar, an Orangery, and a large riverside terrace.
The hotel features a red brick façade and ornate Jacobean interior including large fireplaces, secret stairways and panelled rooms. Outside the main building a new coach house will accommodate 12 further bedrooms to the existing 7, while seven fitting Hop Pickers’ Huts will be created from reclaimed materials and will sit within the grounds.