Question: Can any metropolitan dwelling truly consider itself a luxury hotel these days if it doesn’t have a panoramic roof terrace? That’s just the tip of The Londoner. Filmic, iconic and seamlessly glamorous, The Londoner will open on Leicester Square with a rooftop Japanese restaurant, hidden pub, cinema and residents-only private club in what promises to be arguably the most anticipated hotel launch in the capital this year.
Recently opened, wildly popular and following on from the pre-lockdown launch of Great Scotland Yard, the theme of justice endures at NoMad London, set within the former Bow Magistrates Court in the heart of Covent Garden. The first European outpost from the New York trailblazers, expect edgy opulence, dramatic neo-noir interiors and dining under a striking glass-topped atrium in Theatreland’s heart.
Homey and immaculately styled in London’s Georgian tradition, each of the seven rooms in Henry’s Townhouse is a faithful rendition of quarters from the period when Jane Austen’s brother called this genteel Mayfair address home. Featuring roll top baths, original artworks and fourposters, intimacy is king here. Rouse for breakfast at the refectory table in the pantry, converge in Jane’s Sitting Room and retire over a decanter in The Carriage Snug. Also available for whole house takeovers. Did somebody say house party?
Pan Pacific’s first European outpost might just be the most exciting thing about to happen in London. Boasting the capital’s first ever infinity pool (yes, really) presiding over sweeping panoramic views across the City, it holds five destinations to drink and dine in. Vertiginously positioned at eye level with destinations such as Sky Garden, Bob Bob Exchange and St Mary Axe, gourmet skyscraper hopping looks set to become a thing when it debuts this summer. Singaporean-style hospitality, touch control curtains, floor-to-ceiling windows, Diptyque bathroom accessories, underfloor heating and an IT concierge complete the exceptional 360 degree experience at Pan Pacific.
Edgy, noir and smoking rock, the gothic luxe of Chateau Denmark commands 16 buildings in its eponymous setting, the music legacy of which combines for both location and muse. Grab the groupies and come frolic between session rooms and apartments, down a nightcap from the maxi bar and wake up under the auspices of punk and pop art. Chateau Denmark sits at the epicentre of Soho. With handcrafted rooms oozing “fierce beauty” this looks set to take the mantel from Chiltern Firehouse.
Nobu Portman Square
The Nobu Hotel stable injected the first seeds of global luxury into their inaugural London home of Shoreditch, and now they’ve opened their second destination in Portman Square. Expect airy, clean Zen-contemporary minimalist bedrooms, Matsuhisa’s eponymous restaurant and a Roku Gin Garden to complete the offer.
There’s a hotel love triangle involving some of the most irresistible faces of boarding. The Mondrian is on the move. It opened in the South Bank in the Sea Containers building. Now that’s renamed as Sea Containers London and Mondrian is moving to The Curtain Hotel. Confused? It doesn’t matter, because all you need to know is that the new outpost will retain the building’s incredible rooftop swimming pool, Curtain Member’s Club and gain Bibo, a dining experience by three Michelin-starred chef Dani Garcia.