With Egypt finally off the red list, here’s our list of the top new hotel openings in the Big Smoke.
With Egypt finally coming off the UK’s red list, we imagine some of you are already looking at flights for your next British escape. While many of us have been cooped up working from home for the best part of the last year and a half, London has been preparing to reclaim its title as the ultimate hub for bespoke and luxurious international travel. In 2020 alone, a record high of 65 hotels opened up in the capital. How to possibly know which ones are worth splashing the cash? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
The Londoner, Leicester Square
Launching as the world’s first ‘super boutique hotel’, The Londoner steals the top spot in just about every category. Boasting 350 rooms and a prime location in London’s legendary Leicester Square, this swanky new addition to the city’s luxury boutique hotel scene offers guests incredible views of the capital from its stylish azayaka rooftop lounge. Costing over £300 million pounds to build and costing you upwards of £500 a night, you’ll be pleased to know this hotel is kitted out with all of the trimmings: a private social club, a stunning Retreat pool, imported Japanese whiskies and a gorgeous design throughout.
Beaverbrook Town House
Want something a little more lowkey, without compromising on luxury? Beaverbook Town House is a 5* luxury hotel nestled amongst authentic London homes overlooking Chelsea’s leafy-green Cadogan Gardens. Occupying two Georgian townhouses, this 14-suite hotel promises quintessential British charm with a twist: enjoy artful Japanese cuisine in the hotel’s Art-Deco inspired bar and restaurant.
Canopy by Hilton London City
Opening its doors next month, the UK’s first Canopy by Hilton London City will open in London’s East End to those looking for a stylish, tranquil stay in the city. When not enjoying the light and airy urban rooftop lounge, guests can grab a complimentary bike and set off to explore nearby London attractions like St Paul’s Cathedral or Borough Market. This one’s the perfect option for those prioritising relaxation: soft, silky and floral throughout - the Canopy’s decor is next to none.
This boutique luxury hotel is giving us a taste of the life we always dreamed of but never had. STAY Camden’s 169 serviced apartments feel much more like homes than they do hotel rooms. With intuitive, modern design featuring rainfall showers and state-of-the-art kitchens, these condos in Camden are the type of thing real Londoners would love to own.
Brand new this summer, this luxury hotel on London’s iconic Denmark Street is a must for fans of British music culture. It was here that The Rolling Stones recorded their first album, the Sex Pistols once lived, and the place many people believe Ziggy Stardust to be born. Paying homage to the legendary artists for which the hotel’s street is famed, each of its 55 suites tell one of four distinct narratives. Choose between ‘Vintage Gothic’, ‘Timeless Grandeur’, ‘Modern Psychedelia’ or ‘Punk Now’ to see out your stay in style.
Perfectly located for the shopaholics amongst you, this luxury hotel in Covent Garden draws from its building’s rich, historical and somewhat morbid past. The elegant decor is gorgeously gloomy, with dark plush seating and refined, moody wallpaper exquisitely contrasting with muted golden furniture and chandeliers throughout. The former Bow Street Magistrates Court is famed for the accused criminals it tried, including Oscar Wilde and the infamous Krays.
Technically, this one shouldn’t have made the list - as the hotel actually opened at the end of 2019 - but we couldn’t not include this one! Treehouse London is bound to be a firm favourite for anyone who likes to bring a little more jungle to their urban adventures. With lush, green foliage hanging from various ceilings, a rustic, timber decor throughout and four cosy eateries to choose from, the big kids inside all of us will be just as satisfied with a stay in this Marylebone 4* hotel.
You’re not gonna find anything more British than this. With a Big Ben rocket sculpture in the lobby, an in-house British pub, royal family portraiture and punk graffiti throughout, nhow London has all the bells and ribbons needed (quite literally!) to spruce up your Insta feed and cast no doubt that you’re vacaying in the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
Taking over Trocadero between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, Zedwell delivers an impressive 750 sleep-centric cocoon rooms as well as one of London’s biggest rooftop bars. With a minimalist aesthetic complemented by effective soundproofing, fresh air circulation and calm-inducing colours and scents, this zen hotel is completely committed to you getting your best night's sleep. Tire yourself out then get yourself in the mood for sleep with a session at the hotel's gym and yoga studios followed by a cool down in its sensory lounge.
Fairmont Windsor Park
Okay, so this one’s not really in London, but with a grandeur such as this it would be rude not to include the Fairmont Windsor Park. This 5* development is a sprawling country escape set across stunning landscaped gardens. The 2,500 square metre spa is what sets it apart from the rest, with a salt room, Japanese foot spa as well as indoor and outdoor pools on offer to all guests. Her Royal Majesty herself resides not far from this estate. If that doesn’t spell luxury I don’t know what else will!
All passengers travelling to the United Kingdom from Egypt are currently required to quarantine at home or in their choice of hotel for 10 days upon arrival. For further details please consult the gov.uk website.