There’s nothing quite like the glamour and refinement of a luxury London hotel and, even with all the difficulties faced by hospitality during the pandemic, 2021 will see some brilliant new additions to the capital’s hotel scene. From edgy outposts in east London to classic townhouse hotels in Mayfair and Chelsea, luxury concierge company Innerplace shares its guide to the best new luxury hotels opening in London in 2021.
The Londoner hotel, due to open on Leicester Square this May, looks set to be one of the most ambitious launches of recent times, creating an ‘urban resort’ in the centre of London. The £300m project from Edwardian Hotels will stand at 16 storeys with 350 guest rooms and suites, six concept restaurants, two private screening rooms and a wellness centre. The Londoner also aims to redefine what guests look for in a stay, creating what it describes as a ‘super boutique hotel’ so painstakingly considered that it may be difficult to leave.
Opening: May 2021
Rates: From £409/night
The original NoMad is quite simply one of the greatest places in midtown Manhattan to enjoy yourself, with one of the best lounge bar scenes we’ve ever seen. As part of the Sydell Group, the new NoMad London is in the same stable as Eleven Madison Park and The Ned, and is already one of the most buzzed-about launches of 2021. For its site, the group has chosen the former Bow Street Magistrate’s Court, a Grade II-listed building in Covent Garden. The word on the street is that Eleven Madison Park alums Ian Coogan and Leo Robitschek have been enlisted to head up the restaurant, so expect Michelin-level cuisine.
Opens: Spring 2021
Rates: From £455/night
Two of our favourite stays outside the capital are undoubtedly the Chewton Glen and Cliveden House spa hotels, so we’re expecting big things from Iconic Luxury Hotels’ newest opening in the capital: the Mayfair Townhouse. The hotel technically opened in December 2020, but given the UK went into lockdown just three short weeks later, few people have discovered its charms so far. Located in a traditional building on Half Moon Street, the property boasts 172 rooms inspired by Oscar Wilde with interior designers Goddard Littlefair creating a whimsical escape from the city outside. Touting itself as the ‘dandiest stay in London’, its literary inspiration is on full display throughout, particularly at the Dandy Bar and all-day dining restaurant.
Opens: Open now (bookings from 17 May)
Rates: From £266/night
The achingly trendy strip of Dalston around Kingsland Junction is well-served when it comes to bars, restaurants and nightclubs but has always been in need of a quality new hotel. Luckily, the chic aparthotel chain Locke is launching its fourth London property on the site this year, with 124 rooms, an on-site microbrewery and gin distillery, a coffee shop, an all-day restaurant and a co-working space. In short, it ticks all the boxes of a modern Hackney enterprise and offers the perfect base from which to explore the best of east London.
Opens: May 2021
Rates: From £104/night
Beaverbrook Town House
The Cadogan estate has teamed up with the Beaverbrook country house hotel in Surrey to bring the latter’s quintessential British charms to Chelsea this year. Set across two Georgian townhouses on Sloane Street, its 14 suites have been designed by Nicola Harding to highlight the building’s period features and reflect the traditional grandeur of the hotel’s surroundings. The Beaverbrook Town House will also offer a fine dining Japanese restaurant with interiors inspired by the 19th-century artist Hokusai.
Opens: Summer 2021
Pan Pacific London
The first European outpost of the Pan Pacific hotel chain will open in London this spring. Located in One Bishopsgate Plaza, opposite Liverpool Street Station, the hotel hopes to blend the mix of business-class luxury and creativity that makes this part of London unique. The 43-storey tower will house 237 rooms, 160 private residences and a vast wellness area with an 18-metre infinity pool, as well as the largest landscaped outdoor space of any luxury hotel in the area. Designed to be integrated with the hotel's restaurants and bars, the Pan Pacific looks set to be this summer’s go-to for outdoor dining.
Opens: Spring 2021