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London is no stranger to first-rate accommodation, but with a bevy of unique new places to stay, 2017 has proved a particularly exciting year for the capital’s hotel scene. From an eclectic Shoreditch property brimming with state-of-the-art amenities to a Soho boutique hotel with individually designed rooms, here’s our round up of the best new kids on the block.

Mimi's

Slap bang in the heart of Soho, the Frith Street hotel’s bohemian decor and design have been configured with bespoke furniture, cosy fireplaces and reclaimed oak flooring. The six floors boast a range of rooms, from compact yet opulent doubles to traditional suites with high-end finishes and marble bathrooms. Their boudoir-style eatery, Henson’s Bar & Social, has quickly become a regular haunt among the Soho crowd and acts as a great meeting place by day before transforming into a vibrant cocktail lounge at night. Featuring an extensive and creative drinks menu including handcrafted cocktails and a thoughtfully curated wine list, it’s the perfect place to either start or end the night.

The Ned

This five-star, 1920s-inspired property in the City is a standalone venture from Soho House and the Sydell Group. Housed in the historic headquarters of Midland Bank, 252 bedrooms are done up with vintage grand chandeliers, vintage mahogany furniture, sumptuous curtains and brass details, updated with modern touches such as rainforest showers. The hotel includes nine eating and drinking spaces including Millie’s (visit for its up lobster mac and cheese) and AsianPacific inspired restaurant Kaia, which focuses on healthy bites such as poke. Three of these eateries are for members and guests only, such as Ned’s Club Upstairs, which offers an indoor pool overlooking the London skyline as well as landscaped gardens, a retractable roof and heaters, making it a pleasant year-round. The hotel also offers a full range of treatments in the design-led spa and grooming spaces, including the Miguel Perez  hair salon, manis and pedis at Cheeky and makeovers at Trish McEvoy.

The Distillery

Perhaps one of the quirkiest hotel openings of the year – who wouldn’t want to stay at a hotel in a gin distillery? Home to Portobello Road Gin, this unique destination offers a small number of comfortable guest rooms with retro furniture and vinyl record players, making it an ideal place to rest your head after distilling (and drinking) your own blend at The Ginstitute. Overlooking Portobello Road, its GinTonica bar and restaurant serves tapas-style small plates using the finest Spanish produce combined with seasonal ingredients. For a more peaceful setting, nip over to The Resting Room for bespoke gin blends alongside other barrel-aged spirits in fanciful flavours served alongside traditional British cuisine.

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  • 186 Portobello Road
    Notting Hill
    W11 1LA

The Principal

Opening in early autumn, the former Hotel Russell is undergoing a multi-million pound makeover to relaunch as the lavish Principal. Housed in the Grade II-listed terracotta building on Russell Square, it’s a practical yet glamorous place to stay in London’s literary neighbourhood of Bloomsbury. Thoughtfully designed by Tara Bernerd, the hotel comes with a choice of rooms that range in size from city singles to The Principal suite. With a striking colour palette, Fitz’s bar is the perfect spot to sink a cocktail, while Burr & Co. offers a casual dining atmosphere.

Henrietta

You may have already spotted the rose-pink bathrooms on your Instagram feed; this little boutique hotel in Covent Garden is the first London property from the Experimental Group (you’ve probably fallen China Town’s Experimental Cocktail Club. While the communal areas boast touches of French elegance – think terracotta tiles and green velvet seating  – the 18 rooms and suites are individually designed by Dorothée Meilichzon, replete with super king-size beds with hand-built heads, retro armchairs, statement brass lamps and bright, airy bathrooms. Book a table at the hotel’s restaurant and order from the top-notch menu by Raymond Blanc protégé and Michelin chef, Ollie Dabbous, who launched his first restaurant Dabbous on Whitfield Street back in 2012. Prepare for an elaborate bohemian vibe with hand-painted wallpapers and rich fabrics.

  • 020 3794 5313
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  • 14-15 Henrietta Street
    Covent Garden
    WC2E 8QH

The Curtain

A new arrival in East London, The Curtain is giving neighbour Shoreditch House a run for its money. Each of the slick rooms feature exposed brickwork, large warehouse-style windows, minimalist colour palettes, comfy king-size beds and bespoke amenities like fully integrated technology and carefully curated mini-bars. The hotel also houses Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem restaurant, Red Rooster, specialising in American soul food such as gumbo, cornbread and dumplings and hosting live acts in the evening. Upstairs, you’ll find The Curtain’s members-only rooftop pool and bar, which serves up cocktails until late, as well as a state-of-the-art gym, screening room and nightclub.

The Curtain

Henrietta

The Principal

The Distillery

Mimi's

The Ned

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