London's hotel scene is a barometer of the city's health. Judging by what's coming our way, it's in rosy health with all manner of hotels with interesting bars and restaurants you'll want to know about.
130 Kingsland High St, Hackney Downs, London E8 2LQ
The latest branch of the Locke aparthotels group brings a very interesting collaboration to Dalston. The key restaurant space will be taken over by KRAFT Dalston - a restaurant and bar that sees German Kraft Brewery, urban gin distillery Jim and Tonic, and kebab folk Le Bab joining forces.
When: 17 May 2021
Follow them on Instagram: @lockehotels
28 Bow St, West End, London WC2E 7AW
Hip US hotel group NoMad’s London opening has been a long time coming but, looking at pictures of the new hotel taking over the old Bow Street Magistrates Court building, it’ll be worth the wait. The main restaurant is properly jaw-dropping, but there are plenty of other places to scope out to including Side Hustle - their take on the British pub and Common Decency, a subterranean craft cocktail bar.
When: 25 May 2021
Follow them on Instagram: @thenomadhotel
Sloane Street, London SW1
The team behind the London outpost of the luxury Surrey country estate have spent £25m doing up two Georgian townhouses opposite Cadogan Gardens on Sloane Street. The 14 bedroom boutique hotel’s key attraction sounds like the Japanese restaurant and bar with an interior inspired by 19th-century woodblock print artist Hokusai.
When: Summer 2021
Follow them on Instagram: @beaverbrooktownhouse
38 Leicester Square, West End, London WC2H 7DX
This huge hotel complex not only encompasses a new Odeon cinema but loads of food and drink options too. There’s a main Mediterranean restaurant and a ‘gastro tavern’ on the ground floor showcasing live music and a lobby bar. But we predict it’s the eighth-floor rooftop bar that’ll be the big draw with a firepit and contemporary Japanese menu.
When: Late summer 2021
Follow them on Instagram: @thelondoner
80 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AB
Part of the City’s Bishopsgate Plaza development, Pan Pacific London is going to be the first European opening for the ultra-luxe Singaporean hotel group. Straits Kitchen is all about the dishes of multicultural Singapore. Then there's the bar Ginger Lily which boasts the largest list of by-the-glass fizz in the City of London. Cunningly, they've also secured top patisserie chef and TV star Cherish Finden for their afternoon tea offering in The Orchid Lounge. Finally, there’s going to be a Tom Dixon designed bar in adjoining Devonshire House which will open later in Autumn, plus a further destination restaurant - details of which are still to be revealed.
When: Late summer 2021
Follow them on Instagram: @panpacificlondon
18-24 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 8HS
This Soho hotel on the corner of Broadwick and Berwick will be designed by top London restaurant designer Martin Brudnizki. On the ground floor there’ll be an all day trattoria from the folk behind Randall and Aubin, along with a roof terrace cocktail bar.
Whitehall, London SW1A 2EU
The first Raffles hotel in London is taking over the iconic Old War Office building on Whitehall. The Grade II* listed building’s refurb will, on finishing, contain nine restaurants and bars.
Follow them on Instagram: @theowo.london
The Mall, London SW1A 2WH
This multi-million pound Waldorf Astoria venture couldn’t be in a better location. Tourists and Londoners alike will want to book into the hotel's main restaurant with views directly down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. There’s also going to be a roof terrace restaurant too.
Follow them on Instagram: @admiraltyarch
30 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 2LQ
Rosewood’s second London hotel will take over the old US Embassy building on Grosvenor Square. It’s a little too early to tell what’s planned on the food and drink side of things, but we’re told there will be a variety of casual and formal restaurants and bars.
Also coming soon...
Chateau Denmark (Summer 2021) - Ex-Firmdale boss Carrie Wicks is to spearhead the launch of a new hotel this summer this year, inspired by the birthplace of the British music scene.
The Audley (Autumn 2022) - Artfarm, the art and hospitality company behind the well-reviewed Roth Bar & Grill in Bruton, have taken on this Mayfair establishment. They recently brought in Fortnum’s former CEO Ewan Venters, with plans to turn it into a restaurant with rooms.
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