Trio of new boutique hotels for London

George Sell George Sell Uploaded 07 September 2012


UK: The past two weeks have seen three new boutique hotel openings in the capital - South Place, The Ampersand and La Suite West.

South Place Hotel is described as the City of London's first independent luxury hotel. It is also restaurateur D&D's first venture in to the hotel sector. Located between Moorgate and Liverpool Street, South Place Hotel features Conran-designed interiors and specially commissioned work by contemporary London artists.

Its F&B offer includes 3 South Place, an "all day British diner"; and the seventh floor Angler Restaurant, "a quintessentially British seafood restaurant serving up fresh and inspired dishes".

Each room features handpicked art from Hoxton Art Gallery and Jealous Gallery, a welcome box by Studio Conran with a bespoke, hand-drawn map by Emily Chappell, Bang & Olufsen 40-inch Beovision 10 Televisions as standard and hand-cast resin pieces of British printed ephemera by AMD Interior Architects.
GM Bruce Robertson said: "Our vision is to treat every guest that walks through the door as an individual, appealing to the refined tastes of discerning travellers as well as our neighbours in the City and surrounding Shoreditch."
In South Kensington, the newly relaunched The Ampersand Hotel features 111 individually styled bedrooms and balconied suites in its 1888 building.

Its design is described as "classic English heritage meets a contemporary interior with restored original Victorian features". The ground floor Drawing Room features a patisserie lounge and the hotel's Mediterranean restaurant, Apero, is located in a vault on the lower ground floor.

Meanwhile in west London, designer Anouska Hempel has created the interiors for the 80-bedroom La Suite West hotel, which has just opened on Inverness Terrace, close to Hyde Park. La Suite West is owned by Meir Abutbul, who also owns the 47-bedroom Blakes hotel, which Hempel founded in 1978 and later sold.

Located within a row of 19th-century townhouses, the hotel features a predominantly black and white look with individually crafted four-poster beds and thick, black wooden shutters.

A 50-seat restaurant, is overseen by head chef Marcello Kamininski.


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