2017’S ONES TO WATCH

There’s a ho­tel bed for ev­ery style of head in Lon­don — we’ve plumped the pil­lows and bounced on some of the best

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Full re­view by Anthea Ger­rie at thejc. com

BEST FOR… A UNIQUE STAY

Gir Lion Lodge, Lon­don Zoo

If you’ve ever fan­cied sleep­ing with the lions, this is as about as close as you can get — if you want to be cer­tain of hav­ing break­fast the next day, rather than be­com­ing break­fast. In­side Lon­don Zoo’s Land of the Lions ex­hibit, in the heart of Regent’s Park, the nine Gir Lion Lodges have to be some of the cap­i­tal’s most un­usual beds.

Opened last sum­mer, the brightly coloured lodges are in­spired by tra­di­tional build­ings in In­dia’s Gir For­est, where the only wild pop­u­la­tion of Asi­atic lions still lives. And while you won’t get the mod cons of even a bud­get chain, that’s not why you check in here — in­stead, there are ex­clu­sive after-hours tours at sunset, after dark and the next morn­ing, along with two days’ ac­cess to the zoo.

Be­tween your two-course din­ner and break­fast, you might not be able to wan­der around at will but with the chance to lie back and lis­ten to the roars of big cats or be wo­ken by a flock of flamin­gos, you’ll hardly wish to.

From £438 per lodge, based on two shar­ing. www.zsl.org/zsl-lon­don-zoo/ gir-lion-lodge

BEST FOR… BOU­TIQUE BUD­GET

Glouces­ter Place, Maryle­bone

The Z Ho­tels chain works on the ba­sis that the main thing you want from your ac­com­mo­da­tion is a good night’s sleep and a de­cent lo­ca­tion.

De­signed for a one or two night stay, with the mod­cons you do want but with­out charg­ing for the lux­u­ries you won’t need, Z Glouces­ter Place is the lat­est to open in the cap­i­tal — bring­ing the to­tal to six ho­tels in Lon­don with

Ten Trin­ity Square This new ho­tel from Four Sea­sons is set in a Grade II-listed build­ing near Tower Hill, with the first UK restau­rant by Anne-So­phie Pic — the only fe­male French chef to hold three Miche­lin stars — plus a Ro­manin­spired spa com­ing this spring.

Roomzzz

The Apartho­tel com­pany is open­ing its first ven­ture in the cap­i­tal in Strat­ford this spring, with the Olympic Park and West­field Strat­ford nearby, and a string of rooms sized from stu­dio to suite.

The Ned

The Soho House group is open­ing its new flag­ship five-star ho­tel in the Grade I listed for­mer Mid­land Bank head­quar­ters in the City of Lon­don this spring. Orig­i­nally de­signed by Sir Ed­win ‘Ned’ Lu­tyens in 1924, ex­pect 20s and 30s styling and nine restau­rants.

Nobu Ho­tel Shored­itch

The first European ho­tel from the Nobu Ho­tels two more planned, not to men­tion prop­er­ties in Liver­pool and Glas­gow.

A con­ver­sion of five town­houses not far from Maryle­bone Road, space is def­i­nitely at a pre­mium but all the essen­tials are there with­out com­pro­mis­ing en­tirely on style. There’s a choice of Queen and King beds as well as suites (and a Club op­tion nearby, in­clud­ing some ex­tras thrown in on top of the nor­mal buf­fet break­fast), plus en-suite shower, com­pli­men­tary toi­letries, 48 inch TV and free WiFi.

And if there isn’t a huge amount of brand is com­ing to east Lon­don this sum­mer, with a promised Lon­don twist to the east-meetswest phi­los­o­phy, as well as restau­rant menus from chef Nobu Mat­suhisa.

Great Scot­land Yard Ho­tel

The orig­i­nal Scot­land Yard HQ in West­min­ster is due to open as a lux­ury ho­tel this year after a multi-mil­lion pound trans­for­ma­tion. Start sav­ing, the most ex­pen­sive rooms promise to cost £10,000 per night. stor­age or floor space, it’s a small price to pay — quite lit­er­ally.

From £60 per night. thezho­tels.com

BEST FOR… SHOPS & MU­SIC

Brook Green ho­tel, near Shep­herd’s Bush

Brook Green may not be the first area most peo­ple check when they’re book­ing a ho­tel, but there’s a good rea­son this spot has been pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors to the cap­i­tal for over a cen­tury.

And the for­mer 19th cen­tury coach­ing inn here has had a rather more Mid-cen­tury style at Brook Green

mod­ern facelift after its re­fur­bish­ment last year.

To­day, the retro touches in the 17 rooms are more Mad Men than Vic­to­rian, with dial phones, vin­tage map prints and mid-cen­tury mus­tards and teals. The beds are thor­oughly mod­ern, as is the free WiFi, Sky TV, lap­top-sized safe and rain­head shower.

Down­stairs, there’s a speakeasy-style bar with cock­tails fea­tur­ing lo­cally dis­tilled Sip­smith gin, as well as a restau­rant, where choco­late hazel­nut waf­fles and smashed av­o­cado with poached egg are dis­tinctly 21st cen­tury.

Only a short walk away lies Shep­herd’s Bush Green, whether you want re­tail ther­apy in West­field or gigs at the Em­pire at night, not to men­tion sev­eral cin­e­mas and a string of restau­rants plus the West End half a dozen stops away by tube. All with­out West End prices.

From £109 per per­son per night. brook­green­ho­tel.co.uk

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