The 5 hippest design hotels
1) Charlotte Street Hotel
Designer Kit Kemp created this gorgeous boutique in Fitzrovia, perfect for explorations into the West End or Bloomsbury. The bohemian Bloomsbury Group and their Omega Workshops of a century ago are the inspiration for the interior styling, including original paintings by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. The beautifully appointed Oscar cocktail bar and restaurant is usually buzzing.
2) Ace Hotel
Hip hotel chain Ace chose the creative melting pot of Shoreditch as the site for their first opening outside the US. It has a stylish contemporary industrial interior and ticks off plenty of hipster wishes such as its own coffee shop, basement club, gallery, juice bar, flower shop and even a branch of Sister Ray record shop.
3) Zetter Townhouse
This Georgian townhouse hotel is well situated in a hip part of town, with plenty of great restaurants close by. Having only 13 rooms the warm, stylish and old-fashioned eccentricity of the interiors give it the feeling of being a private residence. The cocktail bar is award-winning and certainly worth a visit in itself.
4) Town Hall Hotel
Historic Bethnal Green Town Hall dates from 1910 and is a grand, imposing building in the art deco style. It has recently been transformed into a very fine hotel. The new interiors have retained many of the period features but have a bright modern feel. The Corner Room restaurant and Le Bar are worth a look too.
5) The Culpeper
More than just a hotel, The Culpeper near to Brick Lane is a large red-brick Victorian building that’s home to a fine pub with craft ales on its ground floor, a lauded restaurant on its first floor, and five very reasonably priced rooms on the upper floor. These share a stylish, stripped-back aesthetic with the rest of the building. The roof terrace has a garden and greenhouse where you can take breakfast.
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