2014 was a pretty good year for London and its hotels, and 2015 promises plenty of new properties in a city that never seems to stop adding hotels. London & Partners are projecting about 18.7 million visitors to the city on the Thames. Late in 2014 such hotels as the Conrad London St. James, the Beaumont Hotel Mayfair and the M by Montcalm opened, but 2015 will see another series open as the country celebrates 800 years of the Magna Carta and gets out for the 17 Rugby World Cup matches that will be held in London.
This coming March 15,The Goring’s 105th birthday will see the London classic unveil its new renovation highlighted by the new Front Hall by Russell Sage. Many other designers have also contributed to the new look for the family owned and operated luxury hotel. Otto Goring opened the hotel in 1910 and it is London’s only luxury hotel that is still owned and operated by the family that originally opened it.
Other designers involved in the renovation include Jeremy Goring, Nina Campbell, Tim Gosling and David Linley. “Over the past few years we’ve come through a long and sometimes tortuous process of total renovation, which includes every bedroom and suite, and all the public areas,” said Jeremy Goring.
That process has literally marched an army of carpenters, cabinetmakers, painters, carpet makers, antique dealers and mattress makers through the hotel, which just last year was issued a Royal Warrant. These warrants allow the hotel to display the Royal Coat of Arms and basically represent the Queen’s endorsement. This is about the highest praise that a hotel can receive in the U.K.
To illustrate the level of craftsmanship involved in the renovation, Jeremy Goring cites the Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company, a Royal Warrant-holding textile mill in Suffolk. The company has woven and dyed silks for Royalty and world leaders for nearly 100 years, including Buckingham Palace and The White House. Goring chose from an archive of 7,000 fabrics for the walls of his hotel.
“I’d like to think we are quietly raising the bar for luxury in London,” said Goring. “Renovating The Goring has been a seven-year labor of love but the new front hall completes it, and the grand opening next March will effectively be the unveiling of a new hotel.”
Another British hospitality institution, The Lanesborough, will open this spring with its renovation complete and as part of a new family, the Oetker Collection. Located in Knightsbridge across from Hyde Park’s Constitution Arch, the hotel has been closed and under renovation since 2013.
Also coming early in 2015 is the 211-room CitizenM, a 10-story hotel in Shoreditch Village, a new retail, restaurant and business development. The 24-room Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone, will open in a Georgian townhouse on Seymour Street in London’s Portman Village. When it opensm the 170-room Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes will offer lodging just 15 minutes from the airport. Go Native Bear Gardens will open this spring in a converted warehouse on the location of former bear-baiting pit as an apartment stay lodging right on the Thames.
Opening slightly later in the year come such properties as the 292-room Hilton London Bankside, which will open with its four-story glass atrium designed by Dexter Moren Architects that features a split level design with one half of the building lower than the other to give two adjoining forms. The 51-room Laslett will open in Notting Hill with rooms and suites designed to suggest a townhouse.
The 242-room Tobacco Dock Hotel & Aparthotel is located north of the historic dock. It also offers 63 apartments, a hotel bar, restaurant and cafe facing a publicly accessible piazza. 10 Trinity Square will open in a landmark building, originally the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, opened in 1922 to a design by well-known architect Sir Edwin Cooper.
Opening in the fall of 2015 are such properties as the Mercure London Hyde Park Hotel; the 100-room Admiralty Arch Hotel is being designed by Armani; and the 107-room Z Hotel Shoreditch. It’s not all boutique. The 453-room InterContinental London – The O2 is an 18-story hotel with a conference center with a panoramic view across the water to Canary Wharf and beyond.
Much further down the road is the London Peninsula which will open near Buckingham Palace in Belgravia. Details have yet to emerge, but the hotel isn’t expected to open for a few years yet.