2017 Preview: Six of the best London openings to get excited about

The New Year will bring a varied line-up of new capital venues for event planners to try, from luxury hotels to meeting rooms with a view.

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

County Hall

January will see Etc.venues unveil 43,000sqft of new event space in the capital’s iconic riverside County Hall following multi-million pound investment.

The space, spread over the fourth floor of the building, will comprise 20 different rooms, many enjoying views across the Thames to the Houses of Parliament. The largest will be able to host a conference for 400 delegates, while two suites together will be able to accommodate up to 900 people.

The original parquet floors and Art Deco windows of the space, which was last occupied by the Greater London Council in the 1980s, have been restored. 

The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

The first month of the year will also mark the opening of a new Four Seasons hotel near the Tower of London, River Thames and Tower Bridge. 

The existing structure of Ten Trinity Square, a grand Parisian Beaux Arts building, has been restored and upgraded. The hotel will occupy the lower ground to the third floor.

Offering 100 rooms and suites, two restaurants, a grand lobby bar, a spa and fitness centre, the property will add two ballrooms and three function rooms to the city’s events scene.

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Nobu Hospitality is expected to open its first European hotel - in London’s Shoreditch - in the first quarter of 2017. 

The five-storey property in Willow Street will feature banqueting and meeting rooms, a fitness centre, a landscaped garden and a triple-height restaurant and bar space. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has designed menus specifically for the 150-room hotel. 

Curtain Hotel and Members Club 

Also due to arrive in east London early next year is the latest project by New York hotelier Michael Achenbaum, the man behind the Gansevoort Hotel Group.

The luxurious £70m Curtain Hotel and Members Club will bring 120 rooms, including six suites, to Shoreditch, along with a rooftop pool, spa and fitness centre. A ballroom and private screening room are included in more than 6,000sqft of meeting and event space. 

The Red Rooster restaurant, from New York chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, will feature art curated by Steve Lazarides, a gallery owner best known for his role as Banksy’s agent, and photography by Mick Rock. 

The Ned

Over in the City of London, The Ned is expected to open its doors in early 2017 to provide a hotel with 252 rooms with decor inspired by the 1920s and 30s, a club and nine restaurants.

Housed in a building designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens, the property will offer six private hire rooms and two terraces with a dedicated entrance. They include the striking tapestry room, which features original walnut panelling and chandeliers, and a tapestry that was the largest produced in England when it was created in the 1920s. 

Other planned facilities include a gym, rooftop and indoor swimming pools and a spa.

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