Arguably one of the most eagerly awaited hotel openings in London, Shangri-La at The Shard has been beset with delays – it was originally slated to open in time for the London 2012 Olympics. However, 2014 looks like it will be the year it finally opens and excitement once again is hotting up. The hotel occupies no less than 18 floors of The Shard with its 202 guestrooms and 17 luxury suites, each with uninterrupted views of the London skyline. Conference facilities are also available for hire. Although a date in the calendar is yet to be circled, hopes are high for a 2014 opening.
Mondrian Hotel, London
This year will see Morgans Hotel Group open the first of its Mondrian brand in Europe – located inside Sea Containers House on South Bank. The property will include 359 bedrooms and more then 500 square metres of event space. This includes a 56-seat private screening room as well as seven fully wired Junket rooms. A restaurant overlooking the river, as well as a rooftop bar, will give guests a spectacular view of Westminster and the Thames.
CitizenM St Pauls/CitizenM Tower of London
CitizenM, the hotel chain which has properties in the Netherlands, America, France and Scotland, will finish work on two developments in London this year – in St Pauls and the Tower of London area. CitizenM St Pauls will be a 246-room property, part of a £100m redevelopment scheme at Citicape House. It will consist of 10 upper levels, separated from a ground-floor lobby by new office space. CitizenM Tower of London will offer 370 rooms following its completion this autumn. The £30m project will sit adjacent to the Tower of London underground station and will include a bar, ground-floor café and a gallery.
The Beaumont is a first venture into the hotel industry from restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin. Located in Mayfair, the property will include 73 rooms as well as a restaurant, private dining room, bar and spa and leisure facilities. The Beaumont is a £40m development which was designed by Reardon Smith architects, which also designed The Savoy and the Four Seasons on Park Lane. The hotel is scheduled to open late this summer.
Ham Yard Hotel
A bombsite isn’t usually the most conventional place to build a new hotel, but clearly Tim and Kit Kemp, owners of Firmdale Hotels weren’t told. Ham Yard Hotel, situated in Soho, is a £90m luxury boutique hotel with 90 rooms and suites, a bar and restaurant and 13 retail stores. A running feature of Firmdale Hotels’ other properties is the inclusion of a private cinema and Ham Yard Hotel will be no different, with a 176-seat theatre located on-site. Private event spaces will also be available for hire when the hotel opens this May.