London is shrugging off its annus horribilis and rolling out the red carpet to visitors with a glut of luxury hotel openings from city veterans like Four Seasons and Soho House and newbies including the teams behind the Experimental Cocktail Club and NYC’s Gansevoort Hotel. The trends? The City (aka London's financial heart) is no longer just for business travelers, Shoreditch is still drawing the cool crowds, and Londoners love a members club. Read on for the new arrivals topping our London lust list.
Opened January 26, 2017. London’s third Four Seasons Hotel opened in January after a six-year top-to-toe reno of a landmark 1922 building just north of Tower Bridge. The location between the City and Canary Wharf makes this a business traveler favorite, but families with their London bearings will love being between the city center sights, East London’s foodie hotspots and the River Thames attractions. On floors one to three, the 100 rooms and suites are done up in slate grays and starch whites, with custom walnut cabinetry, Four Seasons’ signature plush beds and original architectural details from the trim to the plasterwork. Cribs can be added to Deluxe and Premier Rooms, but with older kids, go for Executive Rooms and up. Save dinner at La Dame de Pic restaurant for date night when you’ll feast on classic French fare from three-Michelin-star chef Anne-Sophie Pic. For more family-friendly bites, take the short walk across London Bridge to all the restaurants and stalls in Borough Market. From $550 per night.
Opened April 27, 2017. Five years in the making, The Ned is a supersized Soho House in the old Midland Bank building between St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England—smack dab in the heart of London’s financial center. The 252 bedrooms range from pintsized Crash Pads to 1,000-square-foot Two-Bedroom Family Suites, all styled with patterned 1920s flair. Rooms on the Grade-I-listed fifth floor show off original walnut paneling and marble fireplaces. On the ground floor, nine restaurants occupy the 32,000-square-foot former banking hall and cover the culinary spectrum from Brit classics in Millies, upscale Italian fare at Cecconi’s, New York deli favorites at Zobler’s Delicatessen and more. A spa, nail salon and barber shop will open to hotel guests next month, but the rooftop pool and lounge, cocktail bar set inside Midland Bank’s original strongroom, subterranean gym, and indoor pool and hammam are restricted to Soho House members only. From $260 per night.
Opened on May 14, 2017. From the creative minds of the Experimental Cocktail Club crew, this 18-room sleep opened in Covent Garden just this week. Cocktails and kids? Sounds like a terrible pairing. But under-18s are welcome and the only hint of the hotel's sure-to-be-hotspot bar scene is in the superior minibar selection. Bedrooms are a grown-up, textured mix of fabric panels, marble bathrooms, walnut accents and custom-made bed frames. Go for the two larger Henrietta room categories when traveling en famille; both have space for rollaway beds and cribs. All offer 24-hour room service from the glass-enclosed rooftop restaurant helmed by Michelin-star chef Ollie Dabbous. From $285 per night
The plus side of the UK’s unpredictable weather is that there’s no off-season, so if you’re traveling later in the year, keep an eye out for these soon-to-open London digs: The Curtain Hotel, a members-club-with-rooms concept in Shoreditch, will make its debut in May with an outpost of chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem restaurant, Red Rooster, plus a rooftop pool and co-working space. Also in Shoreditch, Nobu London will be the first European hotel from the restaurateur giant when it opens its doors on Willow Street in a striking, standalone new construction by Ben Adams Architects in June. And Sloane Square will get a dose of Gallic cool this summer with the arrival of Hotel Costes, a sister property to the famed Parisian original.