Last week the STAY team travelled down to London to explore the latest in hospitality design the capital has to offer. With guided tours booked in all places, we were able to get a full understanding and feel for each offering.
On arriving to London we made our way across to Victoria Docks where we checked into our accommodation for the night: The Good Hotel, which was also our first tour of the day. As a non-profit business, The Good Hotel employs a unique social business concept – combining business with doing good, all while offering a premium hotel experience. Rooted in the local community; all ingredients, materials and labour are sourced locally from small business owners and craftsmen, with the hotel offering long–term unemployed locals hospitality training.
Built on a floating concrete raft, The Good Hotel was towed by barge from Amsterdam. Designed by Dutch architects Remko Verhaagen and Sikko Valk, the design is based around the three concepts of Pure: luxury in simplicity and originality, Contrast: blending the industrial and the natural, and Character: praising the imperfections. The hotel will remain in its current home until 2021 at which time it be relocated to a new destination.
Our next stop was the newly opened Henrietta Hotel in London’s historic Covent Garden. The hotel, stretching across two four-story townhouses from the late 19th century, comprises the 18 bedrooms and suites, a restaurant and cocktail bar. The brain-child of the Experimental Group: responsible for the infamous Grand Pigalle Hotel in Paris, and Michelin stared chef Ollie Dabbous, the project was the group’s first hotel in London.
Continuing their partnership with Dorothee Meilichzon from Chzon; the hotel takes it inspiration from the local stately homes that used to populate this area of Covent Garden. This can be seen in the use of paneling, marble, brass, and the highly ornate headboards of the bedroom suites. With the theme continued into the restaurant, the hotel boasts an French inspired, ingredient lead, seasonal menu; with an extensive cocktail menu of traditional cocktails playing tribute to the area’s past.
Our last visit was recently opened The Ned, a recent collaboration between Soho House – with its 18 members club and 37 restaurants across the world, and the Sydell Group with its 8 hotels in North America. A new hotel and members club in London’s Bank; The Ned is located in the former Grade I listed Midland Bank designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. The hotel houses 252 uniquely designed bedrooms; nine restaurants with cuisine from around the world; a range of men’s and women’s grooming services; a rooftop pool, gym, spa, and late night lounge bar all operated as a members club, but open to guests of the hotel. Designed by the in house team of Soho House, the interior has been painstakingly restored to its former 1920s glory; with preservation of existing materials and layouts of the building as a bank, an the addition of vintage furniture, all held together with a historic colour palate.