"Have you stayed at NoMad yet?" was the question on everyone's lips when this hotel finally threw open its doors in 2021 - having been in the making since 2012. Perhaps the most hotly anticipated opening of 2021, the NoMad London - much like its US siblings in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas - is a place to see and be seen.
We had to pinch ourselves when we peeked out of our bedroom window in the morning to a full-frontal view of the Royal Opera House and theatreland gently starting to stir below. Set in the grade II-listed former Bow Street Magistrates' Court and Police Station, the building's Covent Garden location is hard to beat.
You've no doubt seen the hotel's foliage-strung atrium all over Instagram, as The Nomad Restaurant and Bar - headed up by Ashley Abodeely, with Pietro Collina and Leo Robitschek behind the renowned cocktail menu - has already become a destination in its own right. If your hard-earned doesn't quite stretch to a room, dinner here will give you a taste of what's made NoMad somewhere everyone wants to stay.
A distinctive NoMad feel means interiors are homely, arty and unique. The 91 rooms and suites offer hardwood floors, pink-hued marble fireplaces, mammoth beds and clawfoot bathtubs. We were obsessed with our pearlescent bathroom of shimmering tiles and gold hardware, and with the gorgeous mid-century lighting throughout the hotel, which beautifully illuminates the idiosyncratic art that adorns the walls.
What's for breakfast?
You'll struggle to choose from a menu spanning far more imaginative offerings than the usual suspects - the breakfast burrito being a highlight.
How about lunch and dinner?
The aforementioned atrium restaurant is abuzz with diners slurping on frozen-cucumber oysters, twirling king crab tagliatelle, tucking into suckling pig and rounding things off with rum baba. The sommelier is particularly friendly and will guide you through a global wine list.
Guests can also head to Side Hustle. Based on a classic British pub, it packs a colourful punch, with a menu featuring tacos, tostados, margaritas et al.
Is there a bar?
Yep, just next to the restaurant. Slick and seductive, it's an ideal place for a date even if you're not staying. Take it slow and stay until closing time.
Things I should know…
You can visit the Bow Street Police Museum below the hotel - book at reception and a member of staff will show you around. If you're into British crime dramas, this one's for you.