London is the place to be in 2019, with a raft of exciting new hotels set to open their doors over the next 12 months. We check out four to watch out for…
The Standard, Kings Cross
Opening in 2019 as the first overseas venture for US-based Standard International Management, The Standard, London (above) will bring the group’s unique style to a historic Camden Town Annex just across from St. Pancras Station. The property is being designed by the group’s in-house design team in collaboration with Shawn Hausman Design. It will feature 266 rooms, a destination rooftop restaurant and an indoor/outdoor Garden restaurant with Chefs Adam Rawson and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias at the helm, and the Double Standard ground floor bar.
Hard Rock Hotel London
This new property in the growing Hard Rock Hotels portfolio will boast one of London’s most iconic locations – on the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane – when it opens next year. Designed by the award-winning architectural and interior design practice, Scott Brownrigg, and catering to the needs of both business and leisure travellers, it will offer around 1,000 stylish rooms and suites, together with two vibrant bars and a lively Hard Rock Café. Each Hard Rock Hotel has an incredible memorabilia collection – and Hard Rock Hotel London will pay tribute to former residents such as Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and Madonna along with the crème de la crème of contemporary artists.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel
The historic Cadogan Hotel – once home to British-American socialite Lillie Langtry and the location for the arrest of playwright Oscar Wilde in 1895 – will finally reopen early in the new year as part of the luxury Belmond portfolio. The property has been closed since 2014 to undergo a US$48 million investment project, which includes the complete refurbishment of all public areas and the reconfiguration of 64 rooms to 54 in order to accommodate “demand from luxury travellers for larger junior suites and suites”. Belmond Cadogan Hotel will also offer a new gourmet dining experience opening out onto Sloane Street with views of Cadogan Place Gardens, with London-based British talent and Head Chef of The Frog Adam Handling as executive chef.
The Art’otel Battersea is expected to open in 2019, in one of the new buildings designed by Foster + Partners and set around the historic Grade II listed Battersea Power Station. The 160-bedroom lifestyle hotel will boast a rooftop pool and bar overlooking the iconic chimneys, a signature restaurant and a gallery. Part of the Electric Boulevard at the £8bn Battersea Power Station redevelopment project, the Battersea Art’otel’s style draws inspiration from its award-winning sister hotel in Amsterdam, a fusion of modern design and urban art.
For more London inspiration, check out our London Destination Spotlight
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