Given the money sloshing around from the bouncy financial sector, it’s no surprise that London has a swathe of seriously luxurious hotel and here is a lowdown on the latest most luxurious hotel openings that you don’t want to miss.
OWO by Raffles
Raffles, the hotel and resort brand, is branching out to five new destinations this year including the UK! The prestigious Raffles Brand is synonymous with luxury and does indulgence in a superbly entertaining fashion. Opening later this year Raffles latest venture will bring London exactly what it claims to offer – a chance to have an extraordinary adventure in glamorous setting.
What was once Churchill’s Old War Office is now the ‘OWO Residences’ by Raffles certainly making it quite the quintessential Heritage hotel. The building, which is steeped in history, was first completed in 1906 and since has witnessed some major milestones and world-shaping events. Not forgetting to mention, the building has also featured in various Bond films, really adding to the admirability of the building. Stepping into a new era and in fact a new country Raffles will operate a 125-room and suites flagship hotel with an additional 85 unique branded residences. Encircled by Whitehall, The Mall and Buckingham Palace and moments away from Downing Street and world heritage sites (The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey) this hotel is really set in the most prime location with numerous palatial addresses. The interior has been well kept with beautiful features such as the grand staircase and soaring ceilings offering exceptional style. And if that wasn’t enough OWO will also be home to an immersive spa with a 20-metre indoor pool and separate vitality pool, fitness studios, private reception rooms, a private cinema screening room, boutique retail and a collection of nine restaurants and bars.
1 Hotel is heading for Mayfair and we couldn’t be more excited. 1 hotel follows the principle that the future of the world and the future of hospitality are one, changing the misconception about hospitality being damaging to the world. The nine-story hotel will too continue this legacy, accommodating 184 guest rooms and featuring a communal lobby bar, designed to inspire gatherings in a relaxed environment.
Overlooking Green Park, in an ideal location central to everything, you’d be hard pressed to find a better view of one of the best natural spots in London. What we love about these sustainable retreats is that they are designed in a way to capture the beauty of nature in a hotel, bringing the outside in. Their adoption of sustainable practices will be reflected in the interior for example elements such as the flooring will be crafted from fallen trees from local parks. But this new hotel certainly will not compromise luxury and this posh pad teaches us that in the diverse cityscape of London you too can live in a sustainable manner. Offering a slice of the good life the bespoke fitness and wellness centre and celebrated farm-to-table restaurant will give you the opportunity to feel refreshed and rejuvenated whilst exploring London. Join the commotion of eco-conscious customers.
Art’otel London Battersea Power Station
Adjacent to the iconic Power Station, situated within the Battersea Roof Gardens, the new premium hotel is opening later this year. The location conveniently placed in zone one on Electric Boulevard (a brand new pedestrianised high street for London), offers a plethora of shops, restaurants and bars for guests to enjoy. The hotel will be home to 164 bedrooms, four restaurants and bars, a public Art Gallery, meeting and event spaces. But most impressively, in summer you can top up your radiant glow in their iconic rooftop pool.
What certainly makes their hotel stand out has to be their truly impressive design. The new building was designed by renowned architects Foster + Partners but Jamie Haydon, a well renowned Spanish artist and designer, is further placing his colourful and bold stamp to the hotel. His art installations will also be set in public spaces to be further admired.
This 19th century London stock brick corner is being transformed into an Art Deco inspired boutique hotel, the perfect symbiosis of old and new. In one of the capitals most loved lively areas the Broadwick Soho will celebrate both the spirit of old Soho and the electric and exhilarating character of the neighbourhood. This independent hotel designed by the renowned designer Martin Brudnizki was set up by a group of friends.
Their hotel will consist of 57 bedrooms, nine of which are suites, one spectacular penthouse and many rooms offering private balconies overlooking the lively streets. It will also house an authentic Italian restaurant with a street level terrace and on the upper floor, a rooftop cocktail bar. The food and beverage will operate in partnership with Soho stalwarts, Jamie Poulton and chef Ed Baines, founders of the iconic Randall and Aubin. If your looking to host an event or gathering then the dining room will have you covered with its sophisticated yet relaxing feel.
Now just recently opened Lost property is the glamourous getaway you need in the hustling bustling city. Just moments away from St Pauls Cathedral and 15 minutes across the Millennium Bridge to visit Tate Modern Art Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe theater and Bankside Gallery. This is the spot for a true explorer.
The hotel has been designed with the intention of allowing guests to lose themselves just simply for a moment to allow you to appreciate eclectic art, culture and lifestyle. Lost Property is Curio Collection by Hilton hotel designed to evoke the lost arts and activities. The running theme continues in the design where the quirky and unique interiors, from hand crafted glass chandeliers and curated art installations, grab guests attention. The 145 sumptuous rooms are each designed with their own distinctive and stylish touch where you can again enjoy the artwork and exquisite modern interior. Furthermore, you can find peace in their restaurant or bar Found, which is furnished with fine seat leathers and a marble-topped bar, or their Coffee house Tattle, fragrant with the smell of aromatic coffee the perfect sanctuary to rest your feet. This is now your chance to escape everyday life and forge new memories.
Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria
It is abundantly clear that this hotel will become one of the grandest hotels in London with the century-old former government building opening its doors as a part-exclusive hotel. Looking back in time Admiral Arch has been a backdrop to many historical events including Winston Churchill writing wartime speeches here and Queen Elizabeth passing through during her coronation procession; and even housing a British spycraft during both World Wars and the Cold War. But for the very first time the building opens its doors to the public.
This pristine new hotel will have 96 guestrooms and suites as well as several restaurants. Further plans include a rooftop bar, private meetings and event spaces and a spa. The main restaurant will be on the first bridging floor of the arch itself and will have spectacular views down the Mall facing Buckingham Palace. And as for the roof terrace restaurant will offer unparalleled views over the palace, really giving the most premium alfresco dining experience. Whilst the revamp is well under way bringing a brand new 21st luxurious hotel to life with spacious interiors the architectures have tried to restore the buildings original features.