Hôtel Costes, one of the hippest and super-chic hotels in Paris is coming to London. The elegant (and infamous) hotel in Paris’ 1st arrondissement, by visionary designer Jacques Garciais and owner Jean-Louis Costes; is set to open a new outpost in Chelsea; taking over (and revamping) a Victorian apartment building (at One Sloane Gardens) on the corner of Sloane Square. The (sure to be decidedly opulent) 40-room boutique hotel is in conjunction with Cadogan Estates and is slated to house a roof top bar and restaurant. The property (Jean-Louis Costes first project outside Paris) is to reflect “the enduring principles of elegance and individual spirit — capturing the best of the cultural and social milieu of the property’s location and moment in time”.
The Standard, London is bringing their ‘unconventional culture’ to the historic Camden Town Annex – just across from St.Pancras Station. It is the brand’s first hotel outside the US, joining existing properties in LA, West Hollywood, Miami and New York. The 266-room hotel – inspired by the nearby Swiss Cottage Library – is housed within a converted office block (dubbed ‘the Egg Box’), previously occupied by Camden Council, with three brand new floors sitting on top of the existing building. Former Young British Foodie Awards Chef of the Year Adam Rawson is opening at the property as is Peter Sanchez-Iglesias – chef patron of the one Michelin starred Casamia in Bristol – taking the helm of the rooftop restaurant.
The Stratford hotel within the new Manhattan Loft Gardens skyscraper in East London is set to open in spring 2019. Overlooking the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the hotel offers both short and long-term stay options, with the design inspired by 1950s New York. Owned by Harry Handelsman’s Manhattan Loft Corporation, also behind the restored St Pancras Renaissance hotel and Chiltern Firehouse, and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the double-cantilevered skyscraper will have three sky gardens and two restaurants. Occupying the first six stories of the building with 145 guestrooms and suites overlooking the Olympic Park. A big draw is the 7th floor destination eatery Allegra open under the former head chef of The Chiltern Firehouse, Patrick Powell. The venue is looking to replicate Hackney’s natural environment through an expansive wild meadow and roof garden, which boasts outdoor seating amongst the herbs and vegetables growing for use in the kitchen. Pictured.
An independent hotel in the heart of The City, Vintry & Mercer is set to cause a stir when it opens its doors next year. Designed to connect its guests to London’s historic trading past and the best of the modern day capital, Vintry & Mercer’s 92 individually decorated bedrooms (think bespoke velvet headboards, textile furnishings, leather door handles and artwork) range from intimate doubles to suites with glass-panelled balconies that overlook London’s Southbank skyline. The hotel boasts three distinct food and beverage destinations – a modern Mediterranean restaurant Vintry Kitchen (a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant and wine bar), The Mercer Roof Terrace with views looking over London’s Southbank and St Pauls including the Tate Modern and The Shard and a decadent underground cocktail bar DND (Do Not Disturb), a speakeasy cocktail bar taking inspiration from the clandestine bars of 1920s New York serving speciality barrel-aged and vintage cocktails alongside a menu of small plates.
Built in 1887 in the Queen Anne style, The Cadogan Hotel has played an integral role in local social history. It is currently under significant refurbishment and restoration, due to reopen under the management of Belmond early 2019. The design draws inspiration from the beautiful architectural character of the building and surrounding neighbourhood as well as the hotel’s rich heritage, creating a new stylish retreat of 54 rooms and suites on Sloane Street. Renowned Chef Adam Handling (chef & owner of the Frog restaurants) is overseeing the ‘Best of British’ fine dining restaurant, taking inspiration from the building’s illustrious cultural history, in tandem with his existing emphasis on Modern British dining and sustainable, zero-waste ethos.
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