London... a world-class city with stunning new hotel openings
Sleep is located in London, at the heart of the global architectural and design community and home to some of the world’s most stunning hotels!
2014 is seeing a multitude of new hotel openings - so when you’re in town to visit Sleep, make sure you find time to visit some of these newly-opened hotels. And if you’ve not already done so, register to visit Sleep now and save the £30 entry fee.
The UK’s first elevated hotel, Shangri-La London, opened in May to a bustle of excitement and took luxury to a new level. Situated on floors 35 to 52 of Renzo Piano’s Shard, at 1,016ft the tallest building in Western Europe, Shangri-La London is home to London’s tallest bar... and a soon-to-open infinity pool! A high-speed elevator will whisk you from the lobby to 202 guestrooms and suites, some of the most spacious in London. The interiors, by Hong Kong–based designer Steve Leung, reflect Shangri-La’s Asian heritage, with every detail taken into account, from original artworks in the lobby to marble-clad bathrooms with heated floors.
Book a table in the hotel’s Gong bar and have London at your feet. Gong’s interior was conceived by Cambridge graduate Andre Fu, founder of Hong-Long based studio AFSO and the man behind the Berkeley’s Opus Suite. Or just book a room and stay while you visit Sleep, London’s hotel design show – after all, this is one of 2014’s most exciting new check-ins.
Visionary hotelier André Balaz’s new hotel, Chiltern Firehouse, opened in Marylebone this year. Balazs is renowned for conceiving a new generation of classic properties—soulful and original, with pioneering design and a relentless attention to detail. And now the man behind The Mercer in New York, Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and Standard Hotels across the USA has brought his style to London.
Designed by Parisian architects Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty of Studio KO in one of their most prominent projects to date, modernism combines with history and culture in a design that brings excitement and glamour to the former fire station.
And of course the restaurant has fast become one of the buzziest in London, with a celebrity and star-studded cast of diners and a kitchen headed up by Nuno Mendes.
Photos: Morgans Hotel Group
Launching 30 September, with river view balcony suites on the Thames, Mondrian London at Sea Containers is an eagerly awaited opening for London’s South Bank. Design-wise, expect amazing use of raw materials and a good dose of Britishness as Tom Dixon’s creative vision plus the work of Design Research Studio capture the essence of the original building. A giant, copper clad wall inspired by a ship’s hull will run from outside the building, through to the lobby and on to the river side. Expect 1920s cruise ship glamour plus the modern twists and sophisticated design for which the Mondrian brand is known.
With a five-star review on Trip Advisor, London is loving the very charming Ham Yard.
Set in the middle of Soho, if you step just behind Piccadilly Circus, you’ll find yourself in an urban village courtyard garden.
“Hotels should be living things not stuffy institutions” maintain Tim and Kit Kemp, owners of Firmdale Hotels, and Kit Kemp has designed the Ham Yard interior in a unique, personal style which is fresh and very English. Each of the 91 bedrooms is individually designed, every room has floor-to-ceiling windows, and bathrooms have standalone iron bathtubs.
There ‘s a drawing room and library, spa and gym, a 1950's style bowling alley, plus a beautiful rooftop garden with sweeping views of Soho. Plus an 188 seater theatre with a digital cinema projector ready to display everything from films to concerts – perfect for a London audience.
There’s more information on travel and accommodation for your trip to Sleep, the London hotel design event, here.