Top 5: Stylish Hotels for London Fashion WeekBy Angelica Malin
Style and flair shouldn’t just be reserved for the runway. If you need to catch up on your 40 winks over London Fashion Week, the team at Secret Escapes have discovered the most stylish hotels in town. Time for a nap:
The Lowdown: Award-winning designer Tom Dixon is the eyes behind Mondrian London. The collection of contemporary rooms and suites boasts all the elegance of a transatlantic liner, and the signature paintings, wingback chairs and MALIN+GOETZ bathroom amenities provide the Hollywood glamour, while the views of the city and beyond guarantee the entertainment.
What to Expect: Mondrian London’s all-day restaurant Sea Containers is beautiful – light, airy, super stylish – the kind of place perfect for everything from dates, to group dinners, and taking your mum. There’s an open kitchen, wood-fire oven, central “diner” bar, floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor seating for the summer months.
Where: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
The Lowdown: The award-winning Town Hall Hotel combines architectural brilliance with cutting-edge design. Measuring between 32 and 45 square metres, the Executive studios adopt a spacious, open-plan design and come complete with a fully-fitted kitchen, luxury en-suite bathroom, and living, dining and sleeping areas. You’ll find designer lighting that creates the perfect ambience, while a mixture of bespoke and retro furnishings adds a snazzy yet homely touch.
What to Expect: The hotel is dog friendly, offers room service 24-hours a day and there’s a fifteen metre heated pool and a fully functioning fitness centre on-site. Lee Westcott is at the helm of the Typing Room, a restaurant which uses the best of local and seasonal British ingredients to create innovative modern European dishes.
Where: 8 Patriot Square, London E2 9NF
The Lowdown: After an exquisite refresh by designer Tim Andreas, rooms continue to show off Philippe Starck’s heady mix of baroque opulence and contemporary minimalism but now hold the essential, cutting-edge mod cons we can’t live without. You’ll find rugs and blackout shades emblazoned in scenes of rural England alongside floor-to-ceiling glass bathroom chambers.
What to Expect: Dine al fresco year round at Courtyard Garden, or discover Purple Bar’s botanical cocktails. And Agua spa, Sanderson’s renowned temple of body and soul, offers a vast array of treatments to pamper and soothe, restore and resurrect.
Where: 50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG
The Lowdown: Representing the next generation of design-led Hilton Hotels, Hilton Bankside is located in the heart of SE1 and only a stone’s throw away from some of London’s most-visited landmarks. With a strong focus on design, each part of the property has been carefully created to reflect the fascinating history and ambiance of the surrounding area, combining the authentic Bankside urban grittiness and polished contemporary design.
What to Expect: Start the day with a hearty breakfast or nutritious light bite at Oxbo Bankside, discover innovative cocktails prepared with only the freshest ingredients at The Distillery, or simply relax with a cup of coffee in the hotel lounge.
Where: 2-8 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0UG
The Lowdown: Hotel 41 is an elegant and stylish boutique hotel, located directly opposite the Royal Mews and just behind Buckingham Palace. And you’ll feel like royalty when you stay here too. With black and white checks and stripes inspiring the decor throughout – from the carpets to bed covers and lampshades – you may think you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and woken up in wonderland.
What to Expect: 41 is a different kind of boutique hotel. Here, you can enjoy an informal and personalised dining and drinking experience around-the-clock. Choose from The English Grill, renowned for fine dining and top quality cuts of meat, or the intimate and supremely comfortable Curry Room, serving authentic Indian and African influenced cuisine.
Where: 41 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, London SW1W 0PS