Whether it’s your first time in London or you’re returning to city after some time away, you’ll quickly discover just how many hotels the city holds. You may be tempted to book the usual accomodations when considering where to stay in London, but before you do, explore some of the newest and best hotels as there are many coming in 2016.
Some of the newest and best hotels in London are where you’d least expect them to be. If you walk down The Mall from Trafalgar Square, your gaze will be drawn to one of London’s most recognisable landmarks: Admiralty Arch. The sweeping Grade I listed building was built in 1911 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s death and act as a ceremonial passage from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace. In 2000, it was refurbished and taken over by the Government. However, the space proved unsuitable for offices and has been sitting empty for years. Imagine your delight, then, at being able to step into this monument and find yourself inside a five-star luxury hotel. You can boast to your friends about spending the night in one of the 100 bedrooms and suites overlooking The Mall (or make like the Queen and book the 1000 square metres penthouse royal suite). You may not want to venture out, as you can dine at one of the hotel’s three restaurants in the evening after you’ve spent all day lounging in the hotel’s gym, spa, and pool. You might bump into one of the royals next, so make sure to add this one-of-a-kind hotel to your list of where to stay in London.
Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square
If the City of London is more your cup of tea as there are fewer tourists in this part of town, then head to the new Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square. This historic building was first opened in 1922 as the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, where more than a thousand people came each day to pay their port tax so that they could deliver their cargo. Look above the building’s stunning classical façade and you’ll see a sculpture of Old Father Thames, trident in hand, pointing east. You might recognise the Corinthian columns from as the building was used as MI6 in a recent James Bond film. Step into the entrance hall and experience an updated 1920s interior, complete with marble floors and a majestic staircase. Check-in on the lower ground floor (the hotel goes up to the third floor) and go straight to your room, which overlooks the Tower of London and River Thames. If you’re feeling peckish, the hotel’s Asian restaurant serves immaculate Chinese and Japanese dishes. Or you may opt for a specialist tea, which is prepared according to the country of its origin’s traditions.
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
Continuing with the Asian theme, if you’re a fan of Japanese food and design, then you’ll go kichigai (crazy) for the new Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, opening in Hackney in the spring of 2016. You’ve already visited one of master sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s two world-famous restaurants in the city, so you rush to book a table in the stunning five-metre-high restaurant in the new hotel’s basement. Overlooking the restaurant is an intimate landscaped garden that’s staggered with terraces, but you’ll only have access to it if you spend the night in one of the hotel’s 156 rooms. Each room features a calming combination of muted colors, minimal furniture, and soft lighting, built around a central bathroom that’s been cleverly screened off by a full-height curved unit. You’re guaranteed to get a good night’s sleep, but before you do, stand outside the hotel, and you’ll see all five stories have angular, concrete balconies and highly reflective layered glass windows that allow light to flood into each room. You can now tell your friends that you know exactly where to stay in London.