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THE SHANGRI LA AT THE SHARD
Shangri-La Hotels have always exemplified true Asian hospitality through their service and product and Shangri-La at the Shard is no exception to this rule. LRF Designers Ltd. was brought in on the project in late 2012, providing an environment that echoes the Asian heritage of Shangri-La whilst celebrating the exciting new infrastructure that the Shard has brought to London, and this can be seen in the hotel rooms (contemporary, creamy, Asian-influenced), restaurant design area (especially the romantic Ting) and bar area (gin and rosemary – divine) are all fantastic. Rich cherry wood, smooth and elegant grey marble and a stunning ‘east meet west’ inspired golden yellow and grey floral and grid combination carpet were just some of the elements used to bring forth the desired sentiment when experiencing the interior environment at Shangri-La at the Shard. Andre Fu and Steve Leung were also important to the development of this London luxury hotel.
LONDON EDITION HOTEL
Yabu Pushelberg was the name to call for their first major hotel project in the UK — the new hotel from Ian Schrager: the London edition. Ian Schrager (also known as co-owner and co-founder of studio 54) returns to London for the first time in 15 years since he introduced Sanderson and St. Martins Lane. As with all Edition hotels, each is a cultural epicentre and a microcosm of the best each city has to offer. located in central London’s Fitzrovia, lodging preserves the finest aspects of the historic building — formerly the Berners hotel — yet reinvents the spaces within to create a dynamic fusion of old and new, past and present. The hotel offers a social hub where guests and visitors can work, relax, socialize and dine all under one roof; behind the refined Georgian exterior and majestic public spaces, there are two bars, a restaurant, meeting rooms, a 24-hour fitness facility and 173 secluded, intimate and luxurious wood-panelled rooms and a buzzing lobby hotel area.
If there’s something similar to heaven, The Langham Hotel London is here to prove it! The game-changer – Sterling Suite with 450 square metres, now London’s biggest master suite room and one of its most expensive at £24,000 a night – is airy, celestial and touched with silver and gold leaf in all the right places. To accomplish this luxury hospitality project and as part of the 150-year anniversary celebrations at 2015, the hotel has rebirthed guestrooms and suites, which have been exclusively designed by Richmond International. No stranger to the Langham brand, hospitality interiors experts Richmond International has worked on The Langham London – as well as other properties around the world – as the hotel renovates its facilities piece by piece, project by project. With most of the furniture and details custom-designed and made specially, the Sterling Suite lives up to its promise of offering guests an experience not to be found elsewhere.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL LONDON
Internationally renowned and famous interior designer, Joyce Wang, has overseen the redesign of all guest rooms and suites, along with the creation of the hotel’s new Penthouses, taking inspiration from the peaceful parkside location, as well as the glamour of the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel. All 181 guest rooms and suites are now more luxurious and comfortable than ever before, with hotel art deco-inspired features including carefully curated artworks and custom-designed furniture.
Each of the hotel’s 40 suites ranges in size from the smallest, at 47 square metres, located within the turrets of the hotel, to the largest, at 444 square metres, which comprises the new three-bedroom Mandarin Oriental Penthouse with private terraces. Consisting of two penthouse suites, the Mandarin Penthouse and the Oriental Penthouse can be interconnected to create one of London’s largest suites with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a private dining room, two kitchens, and expansive views of Hyde Park and the London skyline.
THE BEAUMONT HOTEL
Immediately upon entering the entrance lobby of The Beaumont – complete with its chequered black granite and gold travertine floor and curved cherry wall – you feel you are transported into an art deco era. As with all Richmond projects, the hotel interior design is inspired by the building and its surroundings. Floor-to-ceiling windows run the full width of the building, and antique and vintage pieces, as well as original works of art, posters and photographs sourced over the years by Corbin & King, are placed throughout the hotel public spaces. Far from creating a finished product, the pair are keen to evolve and add to this collection of furnishings over the coming years.
Another defining aspect of the design is the contract furniture, for which Richmond worked with a number of selected, independent, high-quality furniture brands – predominantly based in the UK – to create bespoke designs. The consideration and care that has gone into these individual pieces is evident and contributes greatly to the understated glamour of the hotel.
The Savoy hotel reopened in 2010 after the largest ever hotel interior restoration in London, a £220 million project that reaffirmed the extraordinary heritage of this iconic hotel. ReardonSmith led the design team in a programme that included the restoration, rebuilding or redesign of all guestrooms and public areas, the introduction of an entirely new services infrastructure and the structural stabilisation of the listed riverfront façade. Pierre–Yves Rochon created the new hotel interior design schemes. Throughout, a new level of glamour and sense of luxury was achieved, echoing the very finest of 1920s Art Deco combined with an Edwardian–inspired, classic English style, both synonymous with The Savoy. At Kaspar’s restaurant dining area, you find a dynamic and flexible design, with new lighting – including a beautiful bespoke chandelier – a stunning marble floor around a new dramatic Seafood Bar and elegantly designed furniture to punctuate the space.
The goal for this hotel interior decor was to reaffirm Lanesborough position as one of the London finest luxury hotels with a refurbishment of all public and guest areas. ReardonSmith and Alberto Pinto agency, worked closely to implement a new hotel design using the Georgian origins of the building, adding modern and historical twists to provide an appropriately unique layering of styles, reflecting the graceful maturing nature of a functioning historic building.
The Portuguese marble to the entrance lobby has been refurbished and, with rigorous attention to matching, extended throughout the public circulation areas. The stone panels on the walls have been revived and mirrors are now inset into the arched niches; elsewhere, new faux stone perfectly replicates the genuine stone walls. The Royal Entrance has been transformed with trompe l’oeil painted walls and ceilings to create the appearance of fabric gathered to form an elaborate tented structure. Delicate marquetry panelling has been introduced to line the walls of the St. Georges Room. The Belgravia Room has been remodelled, opening it up into a single grand function room with antiqued Venetian fluted mirrored pilasters and hand-engraved mirrored crystal window pelmets displaying at their centre a crest which pays homage to the name of the room. All of these….to make sure that The Lanesborough makes your London city guide!
THE DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE
This Soho House outpost comprises three adjoining Georgian townhouses close to the original club. Rooms (Tiny, Cosy, Small, Medium and Bigger) are fetchingly pale and interesting, and no two are exactly alike. The descriptively named Dining Room dishes up oysters, Scotch eggs, mince-and-potatoes, apple and blackberry pie. And while the silvered tea and coffee tins hint at the black-Labs-and-wellies wholesomeness of sister property Babington House, this is more Dangerous Liaisons territory, providing stiff competition for the nearby Soho Hotel.
CAFE ROYAL HOTEL CLUB
The contemporary and luxury hotel decor of Café Royal is part of a collection of individual hotels rooted in the history and culture of its location, and one of the Leading Hotels of the World (LHW). Founded in 1863, Café Royal is located in Piccadilly Circus (in the heart of London). It reopened in 2012 after a four years radical restoration under the direction of David Chipperfield Architects.
SEA CONTAINERS HOTEL
While the original Tom Dixon design of the hotel, reminiscent of a transatlantic 1920s liner with a dose of 1980s post-modernism reference, will largely remain the same, the hotel seeks for a variety of interior updates that will build on the existing design, according to Lore Group. As part of the hotel’s new status, Sea Containers London debuts a fresh graphic identity and branding to reflect the next chapter in the hotel’s history. Materials will feature classic images with Pop-Art-style illustrations that reflect the nautical history of the building and the transatlantic hotel interior design.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AT PARK LANE
ReardonSmith were the lead architects with responsibility for architectural planning and design, interior design detailing and on-site design compliance in the multi-million-pound rebuilding of the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. The rebuilt, with its newly defined architectural form, precisely and densely planned spaces and hotel chic interiors now offers a far greater sense of belonging to its location. At ground level, the area has been opened up to allow glimpses through space to the newly landscaped garden beyond, and, while the area works as one, it has also been planned to provide areas of intimacy and to offer a range of experiences. The eight guestroom floors have been re-configured to more than double the number of suites, many of which now enjoy magnificent views, large outdoor terraces and working fireplaces. This had Pierre Yves Rochon collaboration once again.
THE CORINTHIA LONDON
Designed by GA Design International the 128-year-old jewel’s aesthetic is that of a 21st-century grand hotel – the style descendant of the defining establishments of last century. As we walk through its spaces, admiring the near 250 specially commissioned artworks which line its walls – predominantly by British artists – we can sense the subtle whisperings of days gone by fused with a fabulously contemporary spin. The spa-like spaces are decorated with a modern edge using a resource which has history literally running in through its veins. The glorious Full Moon Baccarat crystal chandelier is another nod to a mainstay of the stately 20th century hotels. Housed in a soaring dome of the hotel’s lobby and designed by Parisian designer Chafik Gasmi, the glistening spectacle is composed of 1,001 expertly cut crystal baubles, offering the traditional wow-factor but executed in a revolutionarily nouvelle way.
Under the ownership of Rocco Forte Hotels, Brown’s Hotel underwent major hotel interior renovations throughout. The oldest hotel in London, built-in 1837 had upgraded to all bedrooms to include 117 guestrooms and 29 suites and all public areas including a dining room and a tearoom. All finishes were to a 5-star level, using silks from Designer’s Guild, linen upholstery from Volga Linen in Belgium, handmade glass door handles to all guestrooms, antique table lamps fashioned from vintage wrought iron from Belgium, leather and wood desks from Promemoria, Italy and Bizazza tile and limestone in the bathrooms.
The hotel interior renovation is part of Dorchester Collection’s ongoing commitment to enhance a world-class icon and the hotel’s position in the London market as a top dining destination. Interior architect Bruno Moinard has worked in a collaborative effort with The Dorchester on his vision for the hotel decor space. The original ceiling and ornate doors remain an integral part of the current design, paying homage to the heritage of the restaurant.
Over the years Claridge’s has acquired an almost mythical aura, making it something more than the sum of its parts. Not that there’s anything wrong with its parts – an irresistible Art Deco, grand Victorian flourishes and low-key, streamlined contemporary luxe. To pass through its oddly fragile-feeling revolving doors is to pass into another, lovelier world. Eternally on our list of London best hotels to stay.
BLUE BAR AT BERKELEY HOTEL
Inspired by the favourite colours of Edwardian architect Edwin Lutyens, the Blue Bar is a popular business people hang out. Housed in the 5star Berkeley Hotel, the bar is a welcoming and elegant salon behind Venetian glass doors. Lutyens’ carved wood panels adorn the walls and space is littered with a comfy chair into which patrons sink to discuss their latest deals while attendants at the onyx bar serve up champagnes, whiskies and classic cocktails.
45 PARK LANE HOTEL
Dorchester Collection’s ninth hotel, 45 Park Lane opened just opposite The Dorchester on 1 September 2011 with Wolfgang Puck’s first venture in Europe, CUT at 45 Park Lane. Throughout the intimate-sized hotel, luxurious and contemporary interiors by New York-based designer, Thierry Despont, provide a club-like feel offering international guests a smart, central environment from which to enjoy London. Each of the spacious 45 rooms and suites offers views of Hyde Park, as does a spectacular Penthouse Suite with wrap-around terrace offering panoramic views across London.
ROSEWOOD HOTEL LONDON
One of London’s newest ultra-luxury hotels the Rosewood London opened in October 2013, after a sensitive transformation of the 1914 Edwardian Grade II-listed building on High Holborn. Perfectly situated just moments from Covent Garden, it is ideal for enjoying many of London’s finest attractions from the Royal Opera House, to the British Museum and West End Theatres. Tony Chi and Associates have created all of the accommodation interiors and the public areas, including the 11 event spaces and the Mirror Room, a stunning space with floor to ceiling mirrors offering all-day dining and afternoon tea.
THE CONNAUGHT HOTEL
Lately restored to its former glory and simultaneously whizzed into the 21st century with the addition of a new, minimalist, Asian-inspired wing and an exquisite Aman Spa. Yet the stolid Englishness of the place remains intact – a quality embodied in its celebrated central staircase (dark and woody of a bannister, bright and stripy of carpet), which apparently drove Ralph Lauren into such a fit of longing that he commissioned a replica of it for his Madison Avenue shop. The Connaught Bar is a mini Art Deco masterpiece, and both Hélène Darroze’s Michelin-starred restaurant and the less formal Jean-Georges at The Connaught are outstanding (the latter with a view onto a magical Tadao Ando water sculpture outside).
THE GORING HOTEL
Until recently, wallpaper was regarded as outdated, but in 2016 might be the year of its renaissance, thanks perhaps to one particular pattern: the über-trendy banana leaf. The tropical design is the print du jour, and Instagram agrees. As of late, your feed likely experienced a proliferation of photos featuring the motif on the walls of hip cafés and restaurants like West Hollywood’s Rawberri and New York City’s Indochine. Fashion also embraced the trend—think Dolce and Gabbana’s Fall 2016 head-to-toe assortment of banana leaf wares and Stone Fox Swim’s bikinis.
Attributed to two interior designers of the same era, the beloved banana leaf wallpaper has dual origins. The legendary anti-minimalist Dorothy Draper developed her leafy version Brazilliance in 1937 for the now-closed Arrowhead Springs Hotel in California (and later seen in The Greenbrier hotel) and a few years later, in 1942, Hollywood costume, fashion, and interior designer extraordinaire Don Loper famously patterned the Beverly Hills Hotel in his exotic Martinique.
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