Nicole Trilivas

Missing the city? Chic hotels for a London mini break

Missing the city? Chic hotels for a London mini break
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Fluffy, cloud-like beds. Pristine, white robes. Rooms service. Hotels are open again for leisure stays, and we couldn’t be happier. For those in dire need of a night away, London has a whole slew of new picks. From a boutique bolthole tucked off Portobello Road in Notting Hill with only a handful of rooms to a quirky new Mayfair hotspot comprised of 15 adjoining townhouses, these are the best new London hotels for some rest and relaxation on your first big night out of the house.

Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, Marylebone

Nobu is no stranger to London. The hot hospitality brand by celeb chef Nobuyuki 'Nobu' Matsuhisa and partners, Hollywood A-lister Robert de Niro and film producer Meir Teper, already has an eponymous hotel in Shoreditch and a restaurant on Old Park Lane, but there’s still an appetite for more. Enter Nobu Hotel London Portman Square. A study in Japanese-inspired minimalism and gastronomy, this new hotel is centred around its sleek dining venues, which includes a 470-square-metre Nobu Restaurant (a relocation of the former Berkeley Street venue) with sushi bar and terrace, and the street-level outdoor Roku Japanese Gin Garden, created in partnership with Japan’s famous House of Suntory.

The Mayfair Townhouse

While The Mayfair Townhouse is considered one of London’s most impressive recent luxury openings, the new five-star property by Iconic Luxury Hotels, the team behind the English icons Cliveden House and Chewton Glen, doesn’t take itself too seriously. This becomes immediately apparent as soon as you look closely at the stylish décor: Mischievous foxes (the hotel’s mascot) feature prominently throughout the 15 interlinked Georgian townhouses that make up the hotel, as do accents of decadent dandyism (Oscar Wilde can be called another of the hotel’s mascots). It’s all very playful and spirited and a nice change from the stuffiness that can sometimes come with the Mayfair postcode.

The Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea

11 Cadogan Gardens (also part of the Iconic Luxury Hotel collection) has just launched The Apartments, a set of six stylish apartment suites located in a private red-brick townhouse just around the corner from 11 Cadogan Gardens in Chelsea. Each ultra-spacious, elegantly dressed apartment occupies one storey of the six-storey townhouse and ranges in size from one to three bedrooms. While the apartments are fully self-contained with equipped kitchens and generous living spaces, guests are still granted access to all the best hotel amenities of the main property, like housekeeping and room service.

The Kensington

While The Kensington hotel is not new, this charm-filled Victorian townhouse property in leafy South Kensington has just introduced a slew of freshly designed rooms and suites that are nothing short of stunning. Of the property’s 146 keys, 46 have been recently redesigned. With sweeping chinoiserie wallpaper; four-poster lacquered beds; and marble-clad bathroom suites with underfloor heating, the new signature suites are elegance defined and are the best choice for an indulgent staycation. Should your overnight stay require any additional opulence, the hotel also has a new outdoor dining and drinking veranda for a pre-prandial sip of champagne.

The Guardsman, St James's

Wafting with an air of discretion and exclusivity usually only found in private member’s club, The Guardsman has managed to fly under the radar and already become one of London’s best-kept secrets. The newly constructed, contemporary pied-a-terre counts Buckingham Palace as its neighbour (a six-minute walk away) and is made up of 53 individually styled rooms, and six residences spread out on the top three floors, which can also be booked for nightly stays. All rooms and residences are immaculately appointed in curated art; Tom Dixon lighting schemes; and free-standing soaking tubs. Adding to the exclusiveness factor, there’s an in-house eatery, The Dining Room & Bar, serving chic seasonal dishes (plus 250 different whiskies), which is only open for hotel residents and their guests. The hotel is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio, which also includes the Covent Garden newcomer Middle Eight and the highly anticipated, 16-storey 'super boutique hotel' The Londoner, slated to open in Leicester Square in September.

The Lost Poet, Notting Hill

Scheduled to open in July, The Lost Poet is a four-bedroom guesthouse right at the start of Portobello Road. This new boutique hideaway is housed in a quaint townhouse dating back to the 1850s and comes care of local property design firm, Cubic Studios. Each of the four bedrooms are infused with personality with a dedicated colour palette and a mix of both old and new design elements (think House of Hackney wallpaper and vintage trinkets sourced from local Portobello antique dealers). The top-floor 'blue room' will surely be the most coveted guestroom, with a free-standing bath and south-facing terrace that looks out over the rooftops of Notting Hill.