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BNE March/April 2017 |





If you thought city hotels all look

so bland you could be in any

city in the world, think again.

The new citizenM hotel opposite

the Tower of London dispels

that myth with its bold design.

Features include self-check-in

terminals, complimentary use of

iMacs and printers, iPads in the

rooms that control everything

from themed wake-up alarms to

coloured ambient lighting. See




Before booking a hotel in London this year check out

these new openings



Inner city Shoreditch long ago shook off its

working class rags to become a gentrified

hub for creative types and while there’s still

plenty of graffiti and quirky cafés and bars,

accommodation is going seriously upmarket.

The Baroque-style Old Street Magistrates’

Court and police station has had a $65 million

makeover to become the five-star Courthouse

Hotel, with spa, indoor swimming pool,

subterranean bowling alley and cinema. See


Master sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa has attracted

fans worldwide for his fabulous food and now

his first European hotel will open in the English

spring in hipster Shoreditch complete, of course,

with statement restaurant: a dramatic five-metre

high space in the basement serving up imaginative

creations that guests have come to expect from Nobu.



The former Midland Bank headquarters

is being transformed into a five-star

hotel, inspired by the glamour of a 1930s

transatlantic ocean liner as inspiration with

rooftop bar and landscaped terraces, health

spa and a range of restaurants and cafés,

including a New-York-style deli. Scheduled

to open in the English spring at 27 Poultry,

London. See



It’s not new but the London Marriott

County Hall, overlooking Big Ben,

Westminster Bridge and the River Thames

is bucking the trend and increasing room

sizes, opening seven Balcony Suites for

travellers who want more than just a bed

for the night. The Westminster Suite, for

example, is the size of an apartment at 135

square metres, claimed to be the largest one-

bedroom suite in London. See