2024 is the year of new London hotels with exciting openings north, south, east and west of the capital. From the modern grandeur of Mandarin Oriental Mayfair and the understated luxury of The Emory in Knightsbridge to the arty aesthetic of Hoxton’s art’hotel, the city’s hotelscape promises great things ahead. Here’s our insider’s look at the hottest new London hotels for 2024.
Opening 4 April 2024
The Emory is the fourth London property from Maybourne, after Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley, and it is without doubt one of the most exciting new London hotels. The building on Knightsbridge has been designed by two architectural greats, the late Richard Rogers and Ivan Harbour of RSHP, their striking ‘sails’ structure set to soar above the canopy of Hyde Park, and the sweeping rooftop space one of a kind in the capital. And yet, despite the magnificent design, the buzzword here is discreet – think private, understated luxury.
Being Maybourne, this is a suite-only hotel, with 61 quietly elegant suites over nine floors. Each floor showcases the aesthetic of a specific designer – André Fu, Pierre-Yves Rochon, Alexandra Champalimaud and Patricia Urquiola among them, and a penthouse by Rigby & Rigby. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will introduce his ABC concept to London at abc kitchens, while the wonderful stained-glass artwork by Brian Clarke in the Emory Bar is sure to become a talking point. Guests will have access to Surenne, a wellbeing members’ club, its concept overseen by industry experts including Tracy Anderson and Rosemary Ferguson.
Old Barrack Yard, Belgravia, London SW1X 7NP
Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London
Opening Spring 2024
Only one of London’s most stylish addresses will do for Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London – Hanover Square (home to Vogue House for six decades). This is MO’s second hotel in the capital, and is just as sleek-meets-discreet as its sister property in Knightsbridge. The elegant contemporary design comes courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and the public spaces are by Tokyo-based design studio Curiosity, who’ve taken inspiration from the neighbourhood’s natural spaces and earth, wind, water and fire.
Upstairs, Studio Indigo has ensured that the 50 bedrooms and suites are a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of W1. Inspired by haute couture, rooms have been imagined as a jewellery box with a rich palette, sculptural lighting and House of de Gournay hand-painted silk wallpapers. Whether in the spa – which features a 25-metre pool and treatments that promise renewal and recalibration – or the two restaurants (a UK debut for Michelin-starred chef Akira Back, who will be bringing his spin on Korean and Japanese cuisine), expect the usual faultless round-the-clock MO service.
22 Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1JP
art’otel London Hoxton
Opening March 2024
Fresh from the success of its Battersea Power Station opening, art’otel joins the new London hotels list once again, this time in Hoxton. Each of the properties in the hotel group’s portfolio is inspired by a ‘Signature Artist’ and art’otel London Hoxton looks to Dean Stockton aka D*Face. In keeping with the neighbourhood’s vibrant, artsy scene, the street artist’s bold, playful artwork adorns the public spaces and rooms. You’ll also spot two original Banksys plus pieces from-up-and-coming creatives.
But art is just the start. Rooms come in different categories, some offering stunning city vistas. And you’ll get 360-degree views from the restaurant and bar, which are on the 25th floor; so too from the rooftop-skimming gym and wellness centre, complete with indoor pool. Don’t have a head for heights? There’s a ground-floor cafe, bar and outdoor terrace, as well as a first-floor lounge that’s just the spot for chilling by day, cocktails and DJ sets by night.
1-3 Rivington Street, Hoxton, London EC2A 3DT
Hyde London City
Opening late-Spring 2024
Did you know that the 15 Old Bailey building, built in 1874, was once the Spier & Pond Hotel, the first ever hotel in London to have electric lighting. 150 years on, and the Grade II listed landmark – which overlooks the Old Bailey criminal court – opens its doors this Spring as the 111-room Hyde London City. It’s right in the heart of the City, so will no doubt draw a corporate crowd – though it is also a stone’s throw from St Paul’s Cathedral, Covent Garden, Barbican and Tate Modern.
Interiors reflect the spirit of the Hyde brand, which started life as the iconic nightclub Hyde Lounge on Sunset Strip in 2005 and has since expanded into hotels. As they put it: “a plush, moody and seductive aesthetic with a youthful, laidback ambience”. The restaurant will serve a modern Turkish menu, while the subterranean cocktail bar pays homage to Hyde’s origins on the LA club scene; both spaces will host a planned programme of cultural and musical events. There’s a gym too.
15 Old Bailey, The City, London EC4M 7EF
Park Hyatt London River Thames
Though the finer details are still under wraps there’s much excitement around the opening of Park Hyatt London River Thames, a new London hotel that’s set to welcome guests later this year. The 203-room hotel is located in the heart of the Nine Elms development, in southwest London, which has completely rejuvenated this stretch of riverside. Plus, of course, the new US Embassy is just down the road, catapulting this area onto the world stage.
There’s an all-day restaurant and an Asian one too, a wine bar, a signature Park Hyatt Living Room and a large ballroom (a rarity in this city). The spa comes complete with a nail studio and indoor pool, while the fitness centre’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer incredible views of the Thames from the running machine. Plus, of course, the location is stellar. The hotel is near Sloane Square and the shopping of the Kings Road, the award-winning Tate Britain, the green expanse of 200-acre Battersea Park and the Kia Oval cricket ground.
7 Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall, London SW8 5PH
Six Senses London
Opening Winter 2024
Six Senses is coming to London and what an entrance it is set to make. The hotel is located in one of the capital’s much-loved Art Deco landmarks – the former department store Whiteleys in Bayswater. As you can imagine, once you walk through the grand porticoed entrance, there’s plenty of space, with 100 guestrooms and suites. Love the location? There are also 14 branded residences available to buy, their owners given access to all the hotel’s perks including concierge service, housekeeping and wellness programming.
Architects EPR and design studio AvroKO have created an aesthetic that reflects the building’s heritage, as well as the leafy environs of nearby Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, and the elegant white stucco streets of W2. Think nostalgic detailing-meets-modern streamlining. The Six Senses Spa, reminiscent of an old-fashioned Underground station, promises great things. On the second floor, a social and wellness hub features a central lounge, coworking spaces and treatment rooms. The F&B? There’ll be a cosy lobby bar and lounge, all-day restaurant with an open kitchen and a seating area in the courtyard.
The Whiteley, Queensway, Bayswater, London, W2 4YN
Opening Winter 2024
Amongst the new London hotels slated to open this year is The Newman. It’s the first property from London-based hospitality management group Kinsfolk & Co, which has chosen Fitzrovia as its launchpad, an area where “the culture of Bloomsbury meets the style of Soho”. The hotel has been designed by Pernille Lind and Richy Almond of Lind + Almond, who have referenced the area’s colourful characters throughout, including Fitzrovia’s bohemian queen Nancy Cunard, whose iconic bangles and polka dots subtly permeate the design narrative.
There’ll be 81 guest rooms, suites and apartments, some with balconies and all decorated in contemporary-meets-Art Deco style. The high rollers might want to head for the rooftop, home to a four-bedroom suite with private terrace. The light-flooded modern European brasserie has an outdoor terrace, the bar is the floor below. There’s a spa, of course, Nordic in its minimalism, but offering innovative treatments and first-rate amenities. And with a team drawn from the best of London’s hospitality scene (Corbin and King, The Standard, The Beaumont, The Goring), the service will no doubt be excellent.
50 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3EB