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On a crisp winter day back in March, we walked down London’s Seymour street to look at the latest venture of The Zetter Group, converting a Georgian townhouse into its first Marylebone and third overall hotel.
At the time, we hoped an early fall opening would have been in the cards. While a photo of this past weekend reveals the double-wide brick façade, it also shows some work is still to be done, which the Zetter website confirms: opening will be at the end of 2014.
The official name also appears to be The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone (rather than The Zetter Seymour) to sit alongside The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell. We still have to wait for a look at the 24 rooms, cocktail bar, and rooftop apartment with terrace and outdoor bath, but we’ll have that for you when we can.
For those moments when you need to socialize and detox, there’s a genteel catch up over a cup of tea… and then there’s Tanya’s Café at MyHotel Chelsea, which opened in August serving raw food and superfood cocktails.
We popped in last week for post-work drinks. First surprise: it was buzzing. And the clientele didn’t seem to be hotel guests either, but locals – particularly slender, clear-skinned, unbelievably young posh locals – think Cara Delevigne-types (Cara lives nearby in Belgravia).
Second surprise: it was expensive. £10.50 for a cocktail is fine, but a plate of chips & dips for £17.50? Nope. Also, surprisingly, there were only snack-style platters available in the evening – the proper meals are daytime only.
Third surprise: lawd, it was good. Here’s what we tried:
Back in 2012 when ME London arrived on Aldwych, the quiet departure of nearby Swissôtel The Howard the year before slipped our hotel radar. Part of a rather dour-looking concrete complex, the Swissôtel occupied a prime river-facing spot one block over from Somerset House, so after its closure it faced the wrecking ball.
Three years on, demolition of the hotel seems nearly done, which in the end will level the entire city block, making way for the Arundel Great Court development. Above an aerial shot of what that will look like, with the new building midway between the two churches on Strand (the multi-faceted roof of the office section faces Strand, with the hotel / residential side surrounding a courtyard facing the river). Below a shot of the hotel from the river.
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Following a snapshot on Wednesday, it’s time to take a closer look at Mondrian London at Sea Containers, now finally open on the city’s Southbank. Getting inside the hotel is possible from the river if you’re on foot, but the main entrance – white curtains, candles, and all – is on Upper Ground, where construction on Southbank Tower is still in full swing.
Up a few steps and past the second of two oversized interlocking anchor chains (the first is outside), you’ll find reception (above), sliced out of the copper hull that runs all the way to the river, with spotlights marking its shape as a dotted line on the floor.
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Introducing our handy hotel guides--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. Today, we're heading across the pond to London. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.
Looking for a hotel in London? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?
Here are four different hotels to try in and around Soho. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.
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Shoreditch may seem to be the destination of choice for hoteliers at the moment, but there are other parts of London that are ripe for an accommodation invasion – like Greenwich, for example, where Accor has just announced a forthcoming Ibis Styles property.
Ibis Styles, of course, are trendy Ibises – millennial-focused, one might even say, with the budget roomrates you’d expect from an ibis proper, but with a focus on swish, boutique-style interiors. And Greenwich – or, the Greenwich Peninsula, to be precise, is in the midst of a vast regeneration project, with £5b ($8b) investment being pummeled into the area, overseen by the Mayor of London. It’s where the O2 (Millennium Dome) events arena is based, and is well connected to central London, despite being out in the sticks. It’s also an easy 10-minute journey from London City Airport.
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We said on Monday that September was making its last two days count in London, and it did: following the opening of The Beaumont in tony Mayfair, we finally had a chance to see inside Mondrian at Sea Containers last night.
The references to the building’s history are everywhere: from the copper hull that cuts from the entrance past reception to the riverside restaurant in a sweeping curve to the actual containerships displayed in the lounge above.
Yesterday, we told you how to find Chicken Shop, the new underground restaurant at the Hoxton Holborn. Today, we’re talking what to order (apologies in advance for the photos, it's very, very dark underground).
In a way, there’s not much advice to give, because the menu at Chicken Shop is limited. Very limited – your options for your main course are:
· A quarter chicken (£4.50)
· A half chicken (£8.50)
· A whole chicken (£15)
To jazz it up, there are sides, which all cost £4. These are:
· Crinkle cut fries
· Corn on the cob
· Butter lettuce and avocado salad
There’s no wine list – your choices are “house”, “decent” or “good” – by the glass or jug. There are four beers on draught, and four (plus a cider) in bottles. Food is served on enamel plates, wine in battered jugs. The whole thing sounds overly simple, and it is. But it is one of the best overly simple meals you’ll have had in ages.
The chicken is free range, from a named farm (Banham’s) in Norfolk. It’s marinated overnight, steamed, then stuck on a rotisserie spit and cooked over charcoal. They chop it up with machetes at the open-plan kitchen, hurl on some extra seasoning as they plate up, and bam, it’s on the way to your table. This is very fast (almost too fast) restaurant food – ours arrived within a couple of minutes of ordering.
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Uh huh honey! If Kim and Kanye are still in Europe next Monday, one place they may want to pop into is the Lancaster London which – already known for its resident bees – is now going one further by hosting the London Honey Show on 6 October from 6-9pm.
Your £1 entrance fee (to be donated to a bee charity) gets you access to tastings (including the Lancaster’s), a hive display, talks from bee experts and various stalls and exhibits. There will be food, drink and honey on sale, and it’ll also host an awards ceremony, in case you’ve always wanted to meet the London Beekeeper of the Year (oh, beehave!).
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The week that Mondrian at Sea Containers will make its official London debut (in fact, opening is today, so stay tuned for the lowdown on that), some interesting news has come out on what was to be its sibling, Hudson London, on Great Scotland Yard, not even fifteen minutes’ walk across the river.
Earlier this year, following a lot of drama at Morgans Hotel Group, the Hudson listing disappeared from the group’s website, replaced with silence about the fate of the former Scotland Yard headquarters. The Telegraph reports that British chain (though now US-owned) Malmaison is set to purchase the building for around £200 million.
You might have heard of Chicken Shop, the ever so trendy (but tiny) restaurant chain owned by the people behind Soho House. You might have heard that its fourth London outpost opened this weekend in the Hoxton Holborn. You might pop along to the Hox, and stride confidently past the people flooding the open-plan bar and lobby area, towards the restaurant at the back.
“Is this the Chicken Shop?” you might ask the perfectly made up, beautifully dressed ladies looking you quizzically up and down at the restaurant entrance. And they will say: no.
You see, the restaurant in the lobby is Hubbard & Bell, “dishing up Brooklyn grill style grub”, as the website says. Chicken Shop, on the other hand, is an underground restaurant. As in, it’s actually underground. And unmarked. And the closest to a secret restaurant you will get in the London hotel scene.
September may have only two days left, but when it comes to London hotels, it’s intent on making them count. Today, restaurateur duo Corbin and King can add ‘& hotelier’ to that oft-used description, with the opening of their Mayfair hotel The Beaumont.
Following sculpture-unveiling, interior renderings, room photos, and a peek inside, we now have a shot as well of the American Bar (above), found straight ahead as you walk across the black-and-white marble lobby floor. Behind it are the red-leather banquets of the Colony Grill Room, where we’ll be headed as soon as we can to sample its cross-Atlantic cuisine.