New and Newly Refurbished Hotels Coming to London
The London hotel boom continues with a handful of new and newly-rebranded hotels. The Nadler Soho (pictured) is scheduled to launch mid-May, entering a crowded field of other affordable hotels like Aloft, Citizen M, La Suite West, Z Hotels, and the upcoming Hudson. It will be the second London property and the new flagship from Nadler Hotels (formerly known as base2stay). The 78 rooms, with their in-room kitchenettes, will have courtyard-facing terraces or views of Soho Square. There won’t be a restaurant but the hotel promises that each of its staffers—including the “local ambassadors” at the front desk—will be able to provide insider tips on the local scene.
Also set to launch this May, in South Kensington is the Xenia Hotel, with 99 contemporary rooms in a restored Victorian building. Apparently the restaurant will bring a health-conscious Italian cuisine concept to the U.K. for the very first time, while the bar will feature a terrace with an herb garden and (of course) a cigar menu.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts recently announced plans to open its first European property, Rosewood London, this October. New York-based firm Tony Chi and Associates are transforming a Grade II-listed, Edwardian Belle Époque building on High Holborn to the tune of $130 million. Expect old-meets-new interiors (Chi will keep the original Pavonazzo marble staircase and the wrought-iron carriageway entrance, adding stone mosaic–floors and textured wood veneers) with 262 guest rooms and 44 suites. Martin Brudnizki (of Scott’s, 34, and Le Caprice) is designing the restaurant. There will also be a Sense spa.
The team behind East London’s Town Hall Hotel is taking over St. John’s Hotel—my favorite meeting spot off Leicester Square (considering the location, the bar upstairs is surprisingly quiet/low-key). Details are scarce, but this much has been confirmed: There will be 15 rooms as well as a restaurant from Tom Harris, previously chef at St. John Chinatown, plus a new name: One Leicester Street. The grand reopening date has not been announced, though things are set to start changing this spring. Check their website for updates.