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Right around this time last year, we saw first-hand what happens when two famous hotel bartenders spend a week mixing cocktails in the same London hotel bar: a double feature of Confessions of a Hotel Bartender and six specially-selected cocktails to drink your way through.
The bar at The Connaught, where all of this went down, was packed during Colin Field’s week long residence in Agostino Perrone’s home, but it almost always is. Luckily, there is now this: the Champagne Room at the Connaught Bar – a small, secluded drinking spot accessible either through an internal passageway from the main bar or through a set of heavy curtains off of a quiet corridor behind the lobby.
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How about that: when we first learned about The Z Hotels heading out to Shoreditch (like everyone else), we thought the opening of its hotel in The Bower complex wouldn’t happen until second half of the year. Wrong – The Z Shoreditch opened on March 9.
But before we get to that, the budget-chic group is throwing a sixth London hotel in the mix on Fleet Street, right across from the Royal Courts of Justice. That will be the building above, a former office that will have 110 rooms between the lower ground, ground, and three upper floors. Behind the hotel is a beautiful courtyard with the Temple Church, built by the Knights Templar and famous from the Dan Brown novel. A few more shots below.
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First The Hospital, now The Arts. London has its share of private members clubs, and here is the second one this year that is not just adding hotel rooms to its facilities,
but allowing non-members to stay the night, too. [UPDATE: Turns out, our understanding of how the hotel rooms at The Arts Club are going to work, along with what is reported elsewhere, was not correct. Speaking again to the reps of The Arts Club, hotel rooms will only be available to members or guests of members. So if you want to check into The Arts Club, better sign up for membership or start cultivating an inside contact...
The Arts Club on Dover Street (just off of Piccadilly in Mayfair, a minute walk from Green Park) will be adding 16 rooms and suites by the summer. Guests will have access to all of the Club’s facilities, which includes three restaurants, a garden, and a nightclub. In contrast to The Hospital Club (further east just around the corner from Covent Garden), the rooms here will be much bigger, with suites going up to over 1,000 square feet.
Above a rendering of one of the rooms: high-gloss hardwood floors, some subtle greys and blues, and a touch of Art Deco to its design. Its feel reminds us a little of what we’ve seen at The Beaumont, don’t you think?
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Back in November, we told you about the gas explosion that occurred at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, which led to the evacuation, and subsequent closure, of the hotel. The “foreseeable future” time frame that was attached to that closure was sad to see, but we can tell you that things are looking up: after four months, the hotel is open again.
We can find a King Room this coming Friday for £290 ($433) a night, which goes up £40 ($60) if you include breakfast. An additional bit of good news is that the hotel has taken the closure to not only do the repairs necessary after the incident, but kick off a multi-million pound renovation of the rooms and suites as well. That renovation should be complete by the summer; we don’t have any visuals of the changes yet, but will share them when we have more details.
Easter is on its way, and that means chocolate. And while not every hotel can have a chocolate store inside, they can at least do things like commission their own bespoke Easter eggs. At least, if they’re Claridge’s, they can.
The 2015 Claridge’s Easter Egg, which has officially been “unveiled” by pastry chef Ross Sneddon, is on sale in the hotel shop, McQueens, now. It’s an Art Deco egg, inspired by the checkerboard lobby. There are 100 limited edition eggs up for grabs – made of dark, milk and white Valrhona chocolate. Inside each is a stuffing of chocolate mini eggs (“quail eggs”, as Claridge’s calls them). It’s wrapped in monochrome Art Deco foil and put in an eau de nil box – so you will at least have those remains once you’ve massacred the egg.
We’ve seen London hotel rooms with balconies, terraces, and outright gardens, but retractable roofs that turn it into an indoor/outdoor space where you can still watch TV even if a little British rain makes an appearance?
That’s a new one we think, on offer from May onwards at The Marylebone Hotel, when three new suites – the Marylebone, the Wimpole, and the Harley – will come online. Above a shot of the Marylebone suite’s terrace, the largest at 860 square feet inside and 430 square feet underneath that retractable roof. And yes, that is a fireplace you spot underneath the TV.
Progress! The second townhouse from Zetter Hotels may not have made its 2014 opening, but along with a “Spring 2015” arrival now finally comes a website, on which The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone shares online real estate with its sibling in Clerkenwell.
Inside will be 21 rooms, two studio suites, and a rooftop apartment with terrace and “al fresco bath”. Bedrooms are “awash with artefacts from Uncle Seymour’s days as a loveable rogue and gambler” (if you recall, the hotel is on Seymour Street, and the hotel draws on the character of Wicked Uncle Seymour for inspiration). Quirky definitely comes to mind when looking at the first images above and below.
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Tea and crumpets are as English as fascinators, but you can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of afternoon teas at London Hotels. So we thought we’d help you out by narrowing the field according to your tea type.
BEST TEA FOR FASHIONISTAS: Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley
This is the kind of tea that makes you smile, with brightly-colored fanciful treats. The Berkeley gets creative with each season’s couture collections for their Prêt-à-Portea, and every tea treat you eat is inspired by a designer. Late last fall their partnership with Jimmy Choo brought about a velvet praline cream cake with sweetheart bow – replicating the must-have Gala pointed-toe pump – and the Cayla zebra-print handbag in chocolate moelleux and meringue.
The 2015 Autumn/Winter Prêt-à-Portea draws inspiration from Diane von Fürstenberg, Dolce and Gabbana and Moschino. The “collection” changes every six months because, as you know, fashion can be so fickle. Tea is served daily from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is £45 ($67) to £58 ($86).
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The UK’s second (and third, and thereafter) cities don’t often get much of a look in when it comes to attracting Americans – whether visitors or investors. But all that might be about to change with the news that Aloft is preparing quite an aggressive British invasion.
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Here’s a fact to blow your mind on a Friday. Until now, apparently, London did not have a “hotel dog”. Can you believe it? We couldn’t, but then we also can’t think of anywhere that has one – so it’s probably true.
Luckily, this terrible situation has now been rectified by the Staybridge Suites Vauxhall, who’ve just hired this good-looking guy. Waggers, a labradoodle, is now part of the “welcome home” reception team. He’s been hired at the tender age of just three months.
The hotel is designed for longer stays rather than short trips, which makes a staff member like Waggers even more valuable to guests. Feeding him is not allowed, but cuddles are totally ok. Waggers is also present at the drinks bashes that the hotel throws three times a week.
It took a year from taking the first picture of Hudson London to it quietly disappearing from the Morgans Hotel Group website. Though not a complete surprise given some of the struggles the group had, we did welcome Mondrian at Sea Containers during that time and learned that there would be suites running at £10,000 a night (which would almost seem a steal compared to what we just saw in Paris), before the rumor mill told us Malmaison would be moving into the building on Great Scotland Yard instead.
The Metropolitan on London’s Park Lane used to be on fire. Everyone who was anyone hung out at the Met Bar, we couldn’t get enough of the sleek white rooms, and not a day went by without us fantasizing about eating at Nobu one day.
These days, the scene is a little quieter. But yesterday the hotel actually caught fire, causing the evacuation of 180 guests, 120 staff and needing 40 firefighters to battle the flames.Luckily, nobody was hurt, and it looks like there wasn’t a huge amount of damage.