London's Luxury Hotel Boom
For five-star hotels, London is hard to beat and travellers looking to make the most of their next trip to London will be spoiled for choice with a boom of new luxury accommodation opening their doors in late 2022 and throughout 2023. With several international brands set to make their debut in London, as well as other brands expanding their portfolio with new properties, here’s a snapshot of what’s to come on the city's luxury front:
Art’otel Battersea Power Station | Opening late 2022
Located in one of the new Foster & Partners-designed buildings around historic Battersea Power Station, this 167-bedroom luxury lifestyle hotel, art’otel London Battersea Power Station will have a rooftop pool and a bar overlooking the iconic chimneys. Guests will be welcomed by a public gallery creative space with a rotating calendar of exhibitions, as well as cultural and artistic events that support both established and up-and-coming artists.
Raffles at the OWO | Opening spring 2023
Britain’s first Raffles property, Raffles London at the OWO opens in spring 2023. Closed to the public for over a century, the Grade II* listed former Old War Office building is steeped in history. Formerly the site of the original Palace of Whitehall, home to Henry VIII and other monarchs, the building also served as Winston Churchill’s WWII base and inspired Ian Fleming to write the James Bond series after working for Britain’s Naval Intelligence Service. Its grand architecture has graced the silver screen in Bond films, and more recently The Crown drama series. Following a five-year transformation, the 760,000 sq. ft iconic London landmark will comprise 85 residences, as well as a 120 room 5* Raffles hotel with nine restaurants and three bars, a Guerlain spa and wellness offerings.
Mandarin Oriental, Mayfair | Opening spring 2023
The newest hotel to join the award-winning collection, Mandarin Oriental, Mayfair is set to open its doors in spring 2023. This Mayfair-based hotel will offer 28 rooms and 22 luxury suites all inspired by the local area’s history and surroundings. Guests can dine in style at the on-site restaurant. Curating and cooking up the menu the Michelin starred chef Akira Back brings in influences from his Korean heritage and love of Japanese food. From dipping into a relaxation room at the Spa, to sipping on cocktails in the lobby, Mandarin Oriental is set to be a hidden sanctuary in the heart of London.
1 Hotel London, Mayfair | Opening spring 2023
Debuting as the brand’s British flagship hotel, 1 Hotel London Mayfair will welcome its first guests in spring 2023. For the sustainably minded traveller, the hotel will offer a farm-to-table restaurant with garden seating, and a wellness centre offering guests the opportunity to find their zen during their stay. Its 184 guest rooms will span nine floors, with the interiors designed using locally sourced materials and room flooring created from fallen trees from local parks. Expect a relaxed social environment and modernity throughout this luxury lifestyle hotel which overlooks Green Park.
The Peninsula London | Opening early 2023
Britain’s first Peninsula Hotel will make its debut in early 2023 overlooking Hyde Park Corner and the Wellington Arch in the heart of Belgravia. The Peninsula London will showcase the best of British culture, art, and cuisine with 190 guest rooms and suites, 25 luxury residences as well as destination restaurants, The Peninsula Spa and a grand ballroom. The hotel will also feature a one-storey shopping arcade, with a total of nine retail shops providing over 1,100 sq. m of shopping space.
Waldorf Astoria, London | Opening 2023
Brush with royal heritage in one of London’s most historic buildings, as Admiralty Arch is set to become London’s first Waldorf Astoria. The iconic Admiralty Arch is being transformed into a five-star-plus luxury hotel, private members’ club and serviced residences. The Edwardian building marks the boundary between Trafalgar Square and The Mall – two of the capital’s most-loved landmarks – and the views from the 100 rooms and suites are guaranteed to be some of the city’s best. A stay here promises a brush with some fascinating political and royal heritage: Winston Churchill was based here as First Lord of the Admiralty; First World War code-breaking operations were run from here; Ian Fleming worked here during the Second World War; and some royal processions still pass under the main arch, as they have done for over a century.
The St. Regis London | Opening 2023
Marriott International announced earlier this year that Mayfair, London will welcome the first St. Regis brand to the United Kingdom in 2023, The St. Regis London. Located on the corner of Bond Street and Conduit Street, the hotel’s site is undergoing an extensive transformation of the former Westbury Mayfair Hotel. Honouring the building’s heritage, the hotel is slated to open with 196 rooms and suites, designed by Peter Newman-Earp of Morrison Design with interiors by Richmond International. Design plans also include a signature restaurant, speakeasy jazz bar, fitness centre and spa.
Park Hyatt London River Thames | Opening late 2023
The 203-room Park Hyatt London River Thames is expected to open in late 2023 and will be located in the fast-transforming area of Nine Elms, on the south bank of the river. The new hotel will include a secure executive wing, event spaces and a large ballroom, offering carefully curated and personalised experience for all kinds of travellers. This will be Hyatt’s first Park Hyatt property in the UK.
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