London’s Most Exciting Hotel Openings 2019

We’re huge fans of staycationing in our own city, checking in for a cheeky night or finding a cheap and cheerful joint when the family is in town. And even if you’re not staying, London’s hotels are increasingly home to the city’s best restaurants. Here’s the most exciting London hotel openings for 2019 including an American import, Belmond’s first London hotel, and another new one from The Hoxton. DND’s at the ready….

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1. The Standard

One of America’s most hipster hotel brands, The Standard, is coming finally opening in London in 2019. It currently has two properties in New York, two in LA, and one in Miami, so the new London hotel will be its first outside the US. Its got a prime spot, right opposite King’s Cross St Pancras station and will have 226 rooms, a rooftop restaurant, and even an exterior lift that takes you up there. In America, the Standard has a bit of a party rep so we’re sure this is going to continue in London, and with Adam Rawson taking over the ground floor restaurant and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias running the rooftop, there’s plenty of reasons to believe this could be one of the best hotels in London when it finally arrives. Opens: 2019


2. The Stratford Hotel

Could The Stratford Hotel at Manhattan Loft Gardens be the thing that finally makes Stratford cool? With striking modern architecture on the outside and effortlessly school Scandinavian interiors, it’s looking like a slice of high rise city glamour is most definitely about to land in the Olympic borough. Oh and there’s also going to be an epic sky garden and a new restaurant, Allegra, from former Chiltern Firehouse chef Patrick Powell. Opens: spring 2019

3. The Hoxton, Southwark

The Hoxton continues to take on the world by turning its attention back to where it all began: London. Following the launches of its New York and Portland hotels last year (with LA and Chicago upcoming) The Hoxton will open its third London hotel in Southwark. Located smack bang on Blackfriars Road its a great location for visitors with the river just a step away and the Tate Modern and Borough Market so close. As usual, The Hoxton will have beautiful interiors and welcoming public spaces including restaurants in the lobby and the rooftop – watch this space for announcements of an exciting partnership soon. Opens: summer 2019

4. Belmond Cadogan Hotel

Not exactly a new new opening but with Belmond as its a new owners and a four year renovation, The Cadogan Hotel has certainly undergone enough of a transformation to make it worth getting excited about. The property has plenty of history – it was a favourite of Oscar Wilde and he was actually arrested here in room 118 – and that’s not being erased, but the property will benefit from updated interiors and a new restaurant from one of our favourite chefs and star of our LOTI podcast, Adam Handling. One of the best hotels in London is about to get even better. Opens: spring 2019

5. Great Scotland Yard Hotel

A visit to Scotland Yard is usually something to be avoided but in 2019 the Great Scotland Yard hotel will open in the former Met Police Headquarters, meaning spending the night there should be a joy. It’s going to be the first UK site under Hyatt’s luxury Unbound Collection and the building, which was constructed in 1910, has undergone a huge development to turn it into a 153 room luxury lifestyle hotel. There will be plenty of food and drink options too though details are scarce at the moment. Opens: spring 2019

6. The Biltmore

Mayfair is still the epicentre of five-star luxury in London so arrival of The Biltmore will be sure to cement this fact. There’s to be 257 rooms as well as 51 suites, many of which have views over Grosvenor Square, plus a huge ballroom, roof terrace, and restaurants, so this is set to be a contender for one of the best hotels in London. Opens: spring 2019