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Lon­don scores an­other 10 for dra­matic and in­spired ho­tels

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - DESTINATION LONDON - KERRY PARNELL

LOV­INGLY BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE, IN­TE­RI­ORS IN­CLUDE A STUN­NING BALL­ROOM AND 1920s BAR

Ja­cobean Suite, per­fect for those look­ing for a chic place to stay right in the mid­dle of Lon­don. ROOMS START AT £140 A NIGHT, KETTNERSTOWNHOUSE.COM

NEW ROAD HO­TEL WHITECHAPEL, E1

The New Road Ho­tel is a hip­ster’s par­adise – a pared-back, loft-style bou­tique ho­tel in a for­mer gar­ment fac­tory in Lon­don’s East End. The 80 rooms are graded lux­ury, four-star, so are rea­son­ably priced, with ex­posed brick and an ur­ban de­sign. You have to be in the right de­mo­graphic – don’t be ex­pect­ing the usual chain ho­tel ameni­ties – in­stead of a ket­tle and mini bar, there’s un­lim­ited free cof­fee and hot choco­late from vend­ing ma­chines on each floor, for ex­am­ple.

The ho­tel has a yoga ter­race, li­brary, pool ta­bles and bar as well as a restau­rant by Marco Pierre White. There’s also a ce­real bar, where you can have your favourite break­fast turned into a milk­shake. If you like. ROOMS FROM £99 A NIGHT, NEWROADHOTEL.CO.UK

THE ACADEMY FITZROVIA, WC1

An­other new ho­tel for Blooms­bury, in Lon­don’s West End, is The Academy. It is a col­lec­tion of five Geor­gian town­houses that have been turned into a beau­ti­ful bou­tique ho­tel. The 50-bed­room ho­tel has been de­vel­oped by YTL Ho­tels and is part of the Small Lux­ury Ho­tels of the World. New York-based de­signer Alexan­dra Cham­pal­i­maud cre­ated a blend of mod­ern and vin­tage with a nod to the Blooms­bury Set who made the area fa­mous. It even has its own book club that meets once a month in its li­brary, for cof­fee and cake. ROOMS FROM £199 A NIGHT, THEACADEMYHOTEL.CO.UK

BANK­SIDE SOUTH­WARK, SE1

The in­creas­ingly vi­brant area of South­bank is get­ting a new venue in Oc­to­ber, in the form of Bank­side, an arty ho­tel set to ap­peal to both busi­ness trav­ellers and hol­i­day­mak­ers. The Tate Mod­ern, Na­tional The­atre, South­bank Cen­tre and Bor­ough Mar­ket are all within easy ac­cess.

With 161 be­d­rooms and seven suites, Bank­side is all swish de­sign and arty in­te­ri­ors. Set over six storeys, it is filled with eclec­tic art­works, with a gallery space to show new de­signs.

It also has sev­eral meet­ing rooms and event ar­eas, in­clud­ing the “white box”, a blank space to rent that can be turned into any­thing from a screen­ing room to a work­out class.

It’s part of the Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion from Mar­riott. ROOMS FROM £273 A NIGHT, BANKSIDEHOTEL.COM

THE PRIN­CI­PAL LON­DON FITZROVIA, WC1

A for­mer grand dame of the Lon­don ho­tel scene has made an ex­cit­ing re­turn to the city, in the form of The Prin­ci­pal Lon­don.

It’s in the Grade II listed site of the for­mer Fred­er­ick Ho­tel Com­pany’s Ho­tel Rus­sell which opened in 1898 and was so stylish and in­flu­en­tial in its day that its ar­chi­tect, Charles Fitzroy Doll, was com­mis­sioned to de­sign the

The ship’s grand din­ing room was based on the ho­tel’s restau­rant and in­cluded a replica of its “Lucky Ge­orge” bronze dragon; who patently didn’t live up to his name.

The 334-room ho­tel has been lov­ingly brought back to life with beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors in­clud­ing a stun­ning ball­room and 1920s bar. ROOMS FROM £253 A NIGHT, PHCOMPANY.COM

THE STAN­DARD KINGS CROSS, WC1

One of the hippest ho­tel chains in the world is tak­ing on a for­mer Cam­den Coun­cil build­ing – a 1960s mon­stros­ity that was known as one of the ugli­est build­ings in the city and nick­named The Egg Box. But now it is set to get the ul­ti­mate makeover.

The Stan­dard Ho­tel group, the chain of uber-cool ho­tels with sites in New York, Mi­ami and LA, is com­ing to Europe later this year, start­ing with the site on Eus­ton Road, op­po­site St Pan­cras Sta­tion. It will have 250

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