There’s lots happening on the London hotel scene this week, with two new hotels in Blackfriars, a new addition to Shepherd’s Bush and a new InterContinental hotel on the horizon.
Ibis London Blackfriars is a new build and the new flagship for the economy hotel brand. Ibis London Blackfriars features 297 comfortable bedrooms with free WiFi, Freeview TV and USB docking stations. There’s also a communal “living space” where guests can relax and socialise.
Novotel London Blackfriars is another new build, with 182 guest rooms. This four-star hotel is all about the technology, from self check-in desks, to a virtual concierge, and electronic shower privacy screens. Hotel restaurant Elements serves up British-European cuisine and offers TV tables and iPads to entertain lone diners.
Hot on the heels of ibis London Blackfriars, ibis London Shepherd’s Bush opens on 15 October. The hotel offers similar facilities to its sister hotel but in West London.
Coming to London this November, the first new InterContinental hotel in the capital for 36 years. InterContinental London Westminster will be located in Queen Anne’s Chambers, a former government building opposite St James’s Park Tube station. It will feature 256 guestrooms, including 44 suites; a smoke house restaurant and bar; and a lounge named after Emmeline Pankhurst.
Drinking, Dining and Partying
The Montague on the Gardens is bringing some Christmas cheer to its outdoor Wood Deck by turning it into a ski lodge complete with pine cones, falling snow and reindeer. The Montague Ski Lodge will be open to guests, parties and visitors from 20 November to 31 December. Book a personal pass for £20 and enjoy three vodkas from a choice of 12 and a tasting platter, but hurry as many days are already fully booked.
Guests at One Aldwych can enjoy some R&R in the hotel’s new private lounge. The area is fully serviced with a changing menu throughout the day; coffee table books chosen by designer Paul Smith; and iPads, newspapers and magazines. Watch the video to find out more:
Hotel Vegas is offering the ultimate New Year’s Eve party. Hosted by Pacha London and The Grosvenor Hotel, revellers can party all night at the club and then stay at the nearby hotel for just £110 per person (£220 per room based on two people sharing). Not bad as club tickets alone cost £45 each, and breakfast and late checkout is included. Book tickets
- A new restaurant, The Oceanic, has opened at Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow, serving up steak and seafood in Art Deco surroundings
- St Martin’s Lane hotel is showing an exhibition of work by artist Beatrice Boyle until 29 October
- The Melia White House hotel is hosting an Italian food festival from 15 to 29 October. Visitors can sample dishes from North East Italy at the hotel’s bars and restaurants, including antipasti from £1.50 per dish