London is buzzing with chic new hotel openings at the mo. A few weeks ago it was the sleek disco-balled W in Leicester Square. Now a Victorian red-brick building on the Euston Road, formerly called the Midland Hotel, is opening its doors as a hotel for the first time since the 1930s.
Pre-make over we loved it looking all shabby chic in the Spice Girl's Wannabe video and now, after a £150 million refit, and renamed the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, the place has scrubbed up rather nicely. And guess what? It opens TODAY! Possibly the most beautiful piece of Victorian Gothic in the capital, we're loving the gilded Ladies Smoking Room, apparently the first place in Europe where women where allowed to smoke in public. No smoking allowed now of course. Even if you don’t stay at the hotel, go to the Booking Hall Bar for traditional Victorian cocktails, the Victorian Punch is very more-ish. If you do stay (and it’s really handy for the Eurosttar if you’re popping over to Paris) try and make sure you book into one of the rooms in the old part of the hotel. Rooms from £300 per night + VAT. Visit stpancrasrenaissance.com for further details.
Hot on its heels, the Corinthia (www.corinthia.com) is another Victorian pile that’s been given a multu mullion pound make over. Due to open on 2 April, it’s a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square and the spa is going to the biggest in London. There are 294 rooms and suites, some with stunning views of the Thames.
And there’s one more hotel opening on the river and we can hardly wait for. The Shangri- La (www.shangri-la.com) is going take over 20 floors of the Shard currently rising at rate of knots above London Bridge. Towering 1,016 feet high, the building is going to be the largest in the European Union and the hotel will take up 20 of its floors. Being a Shangri-la, you know it’s going to be dripping in luxury. Hotel bosses are saying on a clear day you’ll be able to see all the way to the English Channel. Talk about a room with a view…
- Nic Kynaston