ANDAZ LON­DON LIVER­POOL ST.

Gay Times Magazine - - TRAVEL - Words Wil­liam J Con­nolly

Where is it?

Lo­cated al­most a throw­ing dis­tance from Liver­pool Street Sta­tion but with enough room to keep all the hor­rors of the noisy tube away, Andaz Lon­don Liver­pool Street is ide­ally placed to put you at the hus­tle and bus­tle of an au­then­tic Lon­don city ex­pe­ri­ence – but just with the sexy bits.

Why so lovely?

This dated build­ing with a fully mod­ern in­te­rior will leave you feel­ing like a King in­side your own palace. Per­fectly tucked away across a hand­ful of floors, the join­ing restau­rant and bar fa­cil­i­ties have you rolling out of bed, to break­fast, down to the leisure fa­cil­i­ties and back out for food before crash­ing for the night. If the UK did a Las Ve­gas-in­spired set up, this would be it.

First im­pres­sions?

Clean, fresh and full of great charm. Sure it’s mod­ern, but the his­toric touches to the birth of this build­ing thank­fully re­main present through­out.

And the ac­com­mo­da­tions?

Now for the spe­cial bit. Andaz Lon­don Liver­pool Street has teamed up with RED, the AIDS or­gan­i­sa­tion founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver, to cre­ate a cus­tom suite per­son­ally de­signed by Sir Ter­ence Con­ran. Presented to en­cap­su­late the res­i­den­tial and wel­com­ing ethos of an Andaz home, this colour­ful and spa­cious room cov­ers the arm of the build­ing to give you a real feel of lux­ury. And with 30 per­cent of the nightly room rate go­ing to­wards RED’s fight to end AIDS, you’re also help­ing the global fight, too.

And the food?

Hun­gover? Or per­haps just look­ing for some­where nearby that’s safe for all the fam­ily? Check out East­way Brasserie. Joined to the ho­tel by the rich ar­chi­tec­ture of the area, the brasserie restau­rant near Shored­itch of­fers all day din­ing along­side a clas­sic lunch or even bot­tom­less brunch for you and the gurls.

What is there to do?

There are gal­leries in the lo­cal area through to Old Spi­tal­fields Mar­ket less than five min­utes away which is home to cre­atives, in­de­pen­dent shops and food stall upon food stall. Plus, with Brick Lane there too, you’ll live in the land of the quirky all day long.

And the gay bit?

Well, it’s not quite got its own LGBTQ space, but Andaz Lon­don Liver­pool Street re­ally isn’t that far from the joys of Soho or Beach Blan­ket Baby­lon that reg­u­larly holds queer nights for the com­mu­nity. Both are also par­tial to a Ru­Paul’s Drag Race queen rock­ing in some killer heels and gag-wor­thy dress. What’s more per­fect than the joys of a queer safe space, matched with a killer cas­tle ready for the qween to ar­rive home to! an­da­zliv­er­pool­street.com red.org east­way­brasserie.co.uk

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