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London EDITION

London EDITION

Abounding in British sophistication


The new London EDITION hotel from Ian Schrager, founder of Studio 54, is cutting a dash in a Georgian terrace in Fitzrovia. The central London bolt-hole preserves the finest aspects of the historic edifice while creating a style-conscious fusion of old and new for fashionable folk about town. 

A buzzing entry lobby is lit with chandeliers, and the elegant yet casual Modern British feel of the Berners Tavern restaurant is enhanced with a montage of still life painting. There is an intimate Punch Room where the tipple of choice is pleasingly presented in antique silver bowls. The rooms, characterised by dark wood panelling and George Smith lounge chairs, reference yacht cabin design.

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ME by Melia

ME by Melia

Spanish chic in London’s beating heart


Opened in Aldwych in July, the buzzy Spanish-owned hotel offers 157 minimalist chic rooms, including the bi-level 99sq m SUITE ME with a fire pit on the terrace and 360º views from its glass cupola setting.

Located on the site of the first BBC broadcast in 1922, the Foster + Partners design boasts two restaurants, including trendy American steakhouse STK, as well as Radio, a rooftop lounge with views down the street to Trafalgar Square and far beyond.  

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Boundary

Boundary

A sharp Shoreditch pied-à-terre for the capital’s cool


British design legend Terence Conran’s idiosyncratic, 17-key hotel in East London’s capital of cool, Shoreditch, presents design aficionados with difficult choices: the Charles & Ray Eames or the Mies Van Der Rohe room?

Or perhaps the suite by Sir David Tang (of Shanghai Tang) or the one by Polly Dickens (descendant of Charles)? Set in a Victorian warehouse, the food is also meticulously curated, from excellent traditional French cuisine in the basement restaurant to simple British fare in the street side Albion café. 

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St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel

St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel

Victorian architectural charm; en vogue interiors


Originally unveiled in 1873 as the opulent Midland Grand hotel, the supremely charismatic Neo-Gothic building was reborn in 2011, after years of restoration. Most of its 247 rooms are thoroughly modern, but a few – like the Sir Gilbert Scott Suite, named after the building’s architect – are done up entirely in period decor.

British superchef Marcus Wareing is behind the on-site restaurant, also called The Gilbert Scott, and the cavernous Booking Office Bar is imbued with a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. 

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DUKES

DUKES

The embodiment of British taste


Hidden on a quiet byway just off St James’s Street, the red brick façade gives way to country house charm inside, with no-nonsense rooms topped by the fifth-storey penthouse suite, where a private terrace features views of Green Park.

With just 90 rooms, service is superb and personal – as it is at the cosy bar, where James Bond’s shaken-not-stirred martini originated. The Cognac and Cigar Garden caters to bon vivants, while Nigel Mendham’s Thirty Six restaurant presents quintessentially British food with a modern twist.

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The Soho Hotel

The Soho Hotel

A trendy, design-infused space


Airy, light-filled rooms are individually outfitted with Kit Kemp’s uncanny, eclectic design sense in this central Soho hotspot.

From the three-metre bronze cat by Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero in the entrance to the parking lot to the mural overlooking the ground-floor Refuel Bar and Restaurant (an homage to the former edifice on the recessed mews site), the creative scene takes centre stage throughout. A pair of cutting-edge screening rooms join the drawing room, library and gym to offer respite.      

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