National Geographic Traveller (UK)



Call it the ‘chrysalis effect’ — storied landmarks transforme­d into beautiful, brilliant gems of the hotel world. There’s a knack to a successful transforma­tion, and these are the butterflie­s of their kind NOMAD LONDON, LONDON

It’s a brave move to open a luxury hotel in the middle of a pandemic, but that didn’t stop NoMAD. The US group has brought its distinctiv­e panache to its first internatio­nal property, housed in a plum spot in the heart of Covent Garden: the former Bow Street Magistrate­s’ Court and Police Station, which once hosted defendants including the Kray Twins, Emmeline Pankhurst and Oscar Wilde. Today, its 91 bright bedrooms and suites are offset by a dusky, sophistica­ted vibe elsewhere in the property. The real star of the show, however, is the orange-tree-filled, glassceili­nged restaurant, which retains the triplestor­eyed atrium layout of the old courtyard it’s housed in. There’s also Side Hustle (a Mexicaninf­luenced take on a classic British pub) and a private events space in the original magistrate­s’ courtroom, now decorated with hand-painted murals. From £480. thenomadho­


Once part of the world’s largest CocaCola bottling plant, this 1920s property is awash with details like art deco-style doors, spiral staircases and terrazzo floors. Swing by The Garage Food Hall, located on the site where Cola-Cola delivery trucks once parked. From $199 (£144), B&B. bottlework­


This former prison, built in 1779, has been transforme­d from a semi-ruinous site to one of the UK’s most intriguing boltholes. Its dark history is balanced by modern architectu­re and plush decor — as evidenced in the old chapel, now a sophistica­ted restaurant and bar. From £203. bodminjail­

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