She may be gripped by a rash of new-monied affluenza spreading over the capital in a tsunami of caviar and roubles, but London’s hyper-fab riches and fash foot forward have never been in question. Add new-found confident Brit-dish cooking, the re-emergence of her neighbourhood ‘villages’ and artisanal pride and you’ve got New Britannia… stroll on. From legendary hotels to groovy luxury boutiques hotel, find here the best exclusive design hotels in London.
Blakes Luxury Boutique Hotel occupies, since 1978, a quiet side street in London’s fashionable South Kensington and has always been an innovator. Behind the black Victorian façade, you’ll find a tantalizing fusion of eastern and western styles. Polished mirrors bounce rich walnut tones around the lobby, creating a sense of decadence and theater, while the critically acclaimed subterranean restaurant attracts some of the world’s most famous movie stars, actors and designers.
The ME London 5 star hotel surprises due to an original modern design. Located in a sought after region of London, at the southern tip of Covent Garden in London’s art, culture and design district, this luxurious hotel was designed around a central pyramid spanning throughout all 10 floors of the hotel, creating spacious and aesthetically pleasing corridors clad in Nero Marquina marble.
The Haymarket Hotel fuses contemporary design elements in a solid, classical setting in an ultra-central London location. The façade features a dramatic row of columns that run the length of Suffolk Place. Interiors are a remarkable combination that honours the building’s noble lineage while updating it with co-owner Kit Kemp’s “modern English” interpretation of interior design.
Sanctum Soho Hotel is a celebration of the London’s West End neighborhood in which it stands. Like Soho itself, the hotel exudes an edgy glamour, and both its design and ambience have an artsy, bohemian flair. The spacious lobby is decorated with paintings and “living artworks” with scattered Gothic elements providing a touch of antique class, striking furniture and handmade finishes by London design company Based Upon.
Sanderson London is a lavish “Urban Spa” in the heart of London’s West and surrounding an extraordinary landmark Courtyard Garden designed by Philip Hicks. The landmarked 50s building has been transformed by Philippe Starck into a surreal Cocteau-like dream world, epitomizing a “new luxury” that is smart, pared down, and tempered with a healthy dose of wit and irony. With the absence of “normal” walls and a floor-to-ceiling glass facade that diffuses natural light through flowing layers of ethereal sheer curtains, Sanderson’s indoor/outdoor lobby is a layered and sophisticated environment that is totally original. The result blends wit, magic and surprise in an elegant balancing act of extravagance and pure simplicity.
A London luxury boutique hotel in the city’s Belgravia district, The Halkin London promises an elegant and discreet environment with a deep respect for authenticity. Widely regarded by loyal regulars as a home away from home, you can expect faultless service, new Basque cuisine at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction and Italian style in all 41 contemporary suites and rooms.