2017 has been a busy year for hotel openings in London, with boutique designer properties in historic buildings gaining sway over huge chains. This is the pick of newly opened places to stay.
Four new hotels in London
The Pilgrm, Paddington
Opposite Paddington train station, which is 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport, £4 million (Dh19.6m) has been spent transforming four historic townhouses joined together to form this slick, lower-cost designer hotel. Rooms feature vintage design, including historic wood and wrought-iron staircases, exposed brick and parquet wood floors. There is a ground floor café and first-floor restaurant. There are 73 bedrooms, with rates starting at £99 (Dh485) per night including taxes, for small rooms with a bunk bed for two. For more go to www.thepilgrm.com.
Victory House London
In Leicester Square, Sofitel has opened an 86-room four-star hotel in a French Renaissance style building built by theatre designer Walter Emden. The building was originally opened in 1898 and was previously known as Hotel de l’Europe. Rooms cost from $US184 (Dh675) per night including taxes. For more information visit www.sofitel.com.
The Bloomsbury London, reinvented
On Russell Street, The Bloomsbury hotel has unveiled a major refurbishment. The Doyle Collection property is housed within a Grade II listed building designed by Edwin Lutyens. The hotel has 153 rooms and suites costing from £219.30 (Dh1,076) per night including taxes.
Lay your head at The Ned
In another Lutyens-designed masterpiece, this time a Grade I listed structure in the City of London, The Ned hotel offers 298 rooms in a 1920s building contains with nine restaurants and a barbershop. The 5-star property, managed by Soho House, is set in a former bank HQ and has an underground spa in the vaults complete with a hammam, gym, boxing ring and swimming pool. Rooms cost from £180 per night (Dh883) including taxes.