LON­DON LODGING

The cap­i­tal has two new ho­tels with suites to suit all tastes

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1 The ho­tel for… max­i­mal­ists The Man­drake, Fitzrovia

The man­drake plant is known to have both medic­i­nal and dream­pro­vok­ing prop­er­ties, two qual­i­ties that this uber-luxe ho­tel hopes to em­body in a multi-sen­sory way. Per­fume spe­cial­ist Azzi Glasser, who cre­ates Bella Freud’s colognes, has de­signed fra­grances to scent dif­fer­ent spa­ces, and French elec­tronic mu­sic pro­ducer Pier­reAr­naud Alunni has put to­gether trans­porta­tive playlists. But the lime­light-grab­ber here is the decor: the 34 bed­rooms are re­plete with rich vel­vets, and in some suites, beds are raised on Car­rara mar­ble pedestals, with a roll top bath in the room along­side a drinks trol­ley. There is also a cin­ema and a court­yard bear­ing jas­mine and pas­sion fruit (stan­dard dou­ble from £300 per night; the­man­drake.com).

2 The ho­tel for… as­pir­ing Amer­i­cans The Cur­tain, Shored­itch

Amer­i­can hote­lier supremo Michael Achen­baum has brought his pedi­gree breed of New York luxe to his first Lon­don out­post. The pur­pose-built red brick build­ing houses 120 bed­rooms, a 24-hour gym and the first off­shoot of Har­lem’s beloved Red Rooster restau­rant – which serves street-style chicken dishes along with live funk and soul mu­sic – with a tequila bar next door. The look is very in­dus­trial-nyc – fac­tory-style steel win­dows, art­work by 1970s pho­tog­ra­pher Mick Rock and ex­posed brick­work. The best bit? The rooftop ‘ lido’ – a Moroc­can riad-style swim­ming pool topped with a re­tractable glass roof, mean­ing you can en­joy the Côte d’azurin­spired dishes at the pool­side brasserie al­most al­fresco, what­ever the weather (stan­dard dou­ble from £240 per night; the­cur­tain.com).

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