As the vaccine rollout picks up pace across the UK and the government creates a path to safe recovery, London’s MICE industry is getting ready to reopen with a host of new hotel openings and venue refurbishments underway.
Tracy Halliwell, Director of Conventions & Major events at London Convention Bureau said: “London is a city that is constantly reinventing itself and we have been impressed by how London’s venues and hotels have adapted and innovated during a year of huge challenge and uncertainty. The city is a truly dynamic destination for meetings and events and these new hotel openings and venue developments are a vote of confidence in the future of the sector and will provide even greater choice for business events and visitors.”
Here’s a selection of 16 of the best new openings and redevelopments to watch out for…
London’s new event spaces and hotels set to open in 2021 include:
Kingsland Locke – Drawing inspiration from trendy East London, Kingsland Locke will feature 124 signature studio apartments with fully equipped kitchens, appliances and living spaces. On-site you’ll also find a microbrewery, gin distillery, all day restaurant, co-working spaces, workout station and coffeeshop.
Courtyard Marriott London City Airport – Conveniently located near London City Airport and along the Dockland’s Light Railway, the new-build seven story, 184-room property offers a comfortable stay for guests flying into the city. The hotel includes a bar and restaurant, gym, and meeting facilities.
The Londoner – The Londoner, which at its heart is a sustainable luxury hotel from the Edwardian Hotels Group, has had more than £300m in investment. You can expect expertly designed rooms, private screening rooms, six concept eateries, meeting spaces and gym and spa facilities.
NoMad London – Inside the former Bow Street Magistrates Court and Police Station and opposite Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House you’ll find NoMad London. As the first international venture for NoMad Hotels, NoMad London showcases Mexican inspiration mixed with the historic origins of the building in their 92 rooms and food and beverage outlets.
Mondrian Shoreditch – Taking over the Curtain Hotel and opening as the European flagship property and the sixth hotel for Mondrian, the Mondrian Shoreditch will embrace carefully curated interiors and exceptional culinary experiences. The Curtain Members’ Club will remain intact alongside the rebrand of the hotel.
Pan Pacific London – As the first European property in Pan Pacific’s portfolio this multi-use development will be located on Bishopsgate in the City of London. The property will include luxury apartments, the hotel, a public plaza, mindfulness studio and spa facilities, One Devonshire House, high-end retail and a destination restaurant and cocktail bar.
Nobu Hotel Portman Square – The hotel features a world-class restaurant and bar, and a range of meeting spaces, from boardrooms for small meetings to a ballroom for drinks receptions for up to 700 guests.
Canopy by Hilton London City – Complete with a rooftop bar for open-air dining and networking, the 340-room hotel offers a stylish setting and convenient London location.
The Peninsula London – Find the best of British culture at The Peninsula London with 190 exquisitely styled guest rooms and suites. The hotel also features a grand entrance and colonnaded courtyard reception, as well as a grand ballroom to host spectacular events.
London’s event spaces and hotels that have undergone developments in the past year include:
Tobacco Dock – In partnership with Sansar, Tobacco Dock is taking its event space digital with ‘Tobacco Dock Virtual’. The virtual venue will allow users to experience immersive, real life conferences, seminars and events online using the pandemic-proof platform.
Hilton London Metropole – One of Europe’s largest conference and events hotel, with close transport links to Heathrow Airport and Central London, is undertaking a multimillion-pound refurbishment. Renovations will be made to the hotel’s 1,096 guest rooms and suites, 35 event spaces and meeting rooms, four restaurants and bars, executive lounge and state-of-the-art 200sqm gym. The renovation is due to be completed by summer 2021 and will provide visitors with a completely new and upgraded stay. No element of the hotel will be left unchanged.
The Carlton Tower Jumeirah – Following a £100 million renovation, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah is set to open with a revamped spa, 20-meter indoor pool, health club, restaurant and balconies looking out onto iconic London views. The hotel’s new design will draw inspiration from its rich heritage, location, and modernist architecture.
Olympia London – The £1.3 billion redevelopment project for Olympia London, set to reopen in 2023 as a world-leading cultural destination includes a four-screen arthouse cinema, 1,500-seat theatre, live music venue, restaurants, shops, cafes, two hotels (Hyatt and CitizenM) and 550,000 square foot of office space.
The Westin London City – The Westin London City is located on prime riverfront in the heart of the City of London and is a key part of the redevelopment of the former Queensbridge House site. The hotel will feature ultra-modern meeting and event facilities, 24-hour business centre, a Junior Ballroom, indoor swimming pool, spa, and fitness studio.
Marriott Kensington – The London Marriott Hotel Kensington has undergone a phased renovation project transforming the hotel’s guest rooms and public areas. Featuring intuitively designed accommodation, a seven-story atrium and restaurant. Marriott Kensington is in an ideal location with close links to Central London and Heathrow Airport.
Leonardo Royal London City Hotel – The £11.5m large-scale refurbishment of Leonardo Royal London City will transform the hotel’s public areas, notably the lobby and reception, and includes renovations to the hotel’s bedrooms to create a new relaxed and restful environment.