We know you LOVE a hotel bar... Home to some of the best interiors and décor in London, fantastic service and often open when others aren’t for that late night tipple. So with lots of new 2019 openings and those that are already here seriously upping their game, we've got a lot to look forward to.
From architectural dreams in urban re-developments like King’s Cross, a hotel from across the pond beckoning us out to Stratford and a herd of very talented chefs creating mouth-watering nibbles to accompany our Manhattans, there’s no excuse.
Here are some of the newest hotel bars on the block that you need to visit… no suitcase needed.
ARTYARD BAR & KITCHEN
Another great all-day dining and drinking spot situated in the Bankside Hotel near Blackfriars Bridge, just a stone’s throw from the banks of the Thames, Borough Market, and London's bustling Southbank.
Modern art is the focus here and the Head Chef is Lee Streeton who you might know from 45 Jermyn Street, Browns Hotel and Caprice Holdings, has whipped up a delicious menu that celebrates British produce throughout the seasons, sourcing as locally as possible - even using honey from their own beehives.
Cocktails are nice twists on classics, with two on tap, including one with Seedlip – a first in the world – alongside the likes of a honey washed Negroni and a nitro cold brew Martini. Beers are mainly local Bermondsey brews and the wine list is eclectic, off the beaten track and moreish.
Also rumour has it that Montana Fogg are developing a new bar within the hotel that includes a terrace with views of St. Paul’s. Watch this space.
When can you go: Now, it opened in December.
Where is it: 2 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 9JU
Jumping on the King’s Cross bandwagon is this super slick martini lounge, found on the ground floor of the Great Northern Hotel… this is where James Bond would come to drink.
Located a mere 25 metres from the Eurostar, this three-roomed lounge bar takes inspiration from the colour and unusual properties of the coal from which it takes its name. This is reflected in the lounge’s charcoal colour palette, brought to life with submetallic details and electric blue trims, alongside gorgeous lighting.
As expected, martinis take centre stage here with an extensive and carefully curated selection of vodkas, gins and vermouths for guests to create a bespoke martini, alongside favourite martini cocktails such as the Espresso and Breakfast Martini, as well as bespoke Anthracite twists, including serves such as the Coastal Martini made from Samphire infused gin, cured lemon infused Mancino extra dry, black pepper tincture, pumpkin, chilli oil and a garnish of seaweed crisp.
When can you go: Now, Anthracite opened in November.
Where is it: King's Cross St Pancras International Station, Pancras Road, London, N1C 4TB
AND COMING SOON…
VINTRY & MERCER
This much-awaited opening, bought to you by the team behind The Ampersand is located in the City tucked away down the warren streets that line the Thames. With three entertaining spaces and food overseen by Executive Chef, Chris Golding, previously of Nobu, Nahm and Zuma, the hotel is set to become a destination in itself.
On the ground floor you’ll find the Vintry Kitchen, an elegant but informal all-day restaurant set up with geometric tiled floors, marble-topped tables and leather banquette seating, where you can tuck into an Asian-influenced menu. Wine is key here as sailors and wine merchants landing nearby used to store it close to the hotel. The restaurant offers a selection of wines by the glass, tapped straight from the barrels lining the gantry.
Head up to the Mercer Roof Terrace for the best of modern British cooking, al fresco dining with killer views over the skyline and inventive cocktails using house-infused spirits displayed in colourful glass carafes on the bar. Then when the dizzying heights get too much, whisk yourself down to DND (Do Not Disturb), the hotel’s covert cocktail den… Mihai Cosmin, previously of Berners Tavern and Nine Lives, will head up the bar team offering guests speciality barrel-aged and house cocktails alongside a New York inspired menu of small plates, tacos and sliders to munch on while relaxing on plush velvet and leather chairs.
When can you go: From 2nd February.
Where is it: 19-20 Garlick Hill, EC4V 2AU
Exceptional design meets art and culture at this soon-to-launch 145 room hotel that might just be worth the trek to Stratford for… based on hotels of the past, where there was always the possibility of bumping into Coco Chanel or one of the other famous permanent residents as you checked into your 1950's New York hotel, The Stratford, which is located within the new Manhattan Loft Gardens skyscraper will introduce a new style of hospitality to London, seamlessly merging short term stays with long-term hotel living.
The perfect blend of Scandi chic with cutting edge tech, think natural stone, floor to ceiling light and interiors by Scandinavian designer Space Copenhagen, there’s even three sky gardens to explore. The restaurants are all about sustainable food, from local bakers to East London craft beer, with Ben Harrington from Soho House and Patrick Powell from Chiltern Firehouse at the helm.
The Brasserie, an open-kitchen & bar situated on the ground floor will be open throughout the day and evening, with a menu including Roman-style pizzettas cooked to order and boasts a stunning 9m-high fireplace, glass light-well and dramatic art installations.
Up on the seventh floor you'll find Allegra, their modern European restuarant, complete with an expansive ‘wild meadow’ and thoughtful touches that see Hackney’s natural environment being replicated throughout the restaurant’s vast roof garden. Outdoor seating means you can sit amongst the herbs and vegetables growing for use in the
kitchen whilst taking in the London skyline backdrop.
Then there's The Mezzanine - a place to relax during the day, serving a simple menu of juices and coffees where at night, it transforms into an invitation-only party with classic cocktails and a bespoke drinks trolley, plus DJs until the early hours..
When can you go: From Spring 2019
Where is it: 22 International Way, Olympic Park, London, E20 1GQ
SLIGHTLY DELAYED BUT COMING SOON...THE STANDARD
Soon to be arriving from the States is the much talked about, The Standard, which will also join the ongoing revival of the King’s Cross area and be the first venture for the brand on international soil.
Located in the historic Camden Town Annex the hotel is a stand-out building, boldly contrasting the old and the new. Inside you’ll find 266 bedrooms - some with outdoor terraces and bathtubs overlooking St. Pancras Station. Double Standard is the ground floor bar (we’ll fill you in when we know more), there's also an indoor/outdoor Garden Restaurant, a Standard Sounds studio and record press (because why not) and a destination rooftop restaurant - accessed by an exterior facing lift with epic views and like the Garden Restaurant will have food from Peter Sanchez-Iglesias and Adam Rawson... we can’t wait to go!
When can you go: From Spring 2019
Where is it: 10 Argyle Street, London, WC1H 8EG