The New Hotel Hangouts

The new hotel hangouts London have to offer. Featuring Good Hotel and Ham Yard Hotel. All worth a visit, whether you're from or visiting London

Hotels are big business. Thailand is wonderfully catered for students and backpackers with affordable hotels and hostels aplenty, while grandeur hotels in Las Vegas are major tourist attractions within their own right. So what about London?

In the last 50 years or so, hotels in London have quietly become more than just an overnight stopover for those passing through town. It’s not just about the beds anymore (though Premiere Inn still gets my vote in the Best Bed category). Hotels have gradually started to morph into a beautiful multifunctional arena; a place where you can drink, dine, sleep, party, work-out and have a business meeting all without even booking a nights stay.

Quilon at Taj 51
A slew of ‘got-to-be-seen-here’ restaurants popped up within the last decade or so. If you fancy some fancy Indian there’s Quilon at Taj 51 and of course the ever-popular Chiltern Firehouse; the latter becoming so infamous that let’s be honest, who even knew (or cared) that it was part of a hotel?!

But away from the celebrity saturated likes of Soho House and upcoming Gansevoort hotels, are a plethora of hotels perfect for a more low key affair. These hotels are a haven for Instagram worthy pics of the coffee, laptop and cool background type. Whether it’s for brunch, work or catching up with friends - welcome to the new hotel hangouts. Here are our top picks.

The Good Hotel, Royal Victoria

The Good Hotel
This unique hotel on water, coincidently known as ‘the floating hotel’, originated in Amsterdam. The Good Hotel stayed in its hometown for a year before floating across to London’s Royal Victoria dock via a submersible barge over the North Sea Canal. It’ll be sitting pretty here for five years before sailing off into the sunset to its next destination. This hotel is good by name and by nature. They provide a hospitality training programme for long-term unemployed locals and provide jobs with a full salary after completion. It’s a great place to sit and have a coffee while taking in its good energy and knowing that you’re supporting a commendable mission. The staff are welcoming and the communal area encourages all forms of use; tables for workaholics and sofas for cosy catch-ups.

Intercontinental Hotel, North Greenwich.

Intercontinental Hotel,
Away from the city hustle is this mega giant of a hotel. It has a ‘Dubai’ feel (that’s a thing right?) with its ginormous open plan reception area, expansive floor-to-ceiling glass exterior and glossy polished floors throughout. In fact everything is big here including the 3,000 capacity ball-room. It's more impressive feature however, are the uninterrupted views of Canary Warf and the River Thames (which will hit you in the face if you’re walking from the station, be warned). Visit either Clipper Bar or Eighteen Sky Bar for drinks with a serious view. There’s something special about looking out to the busy city life while you remain wrapped up in a bubble of tranquillity. After a stressful week, this is the spot.

Ham Yard Hotel, Piccadilly Circus

Ham Yard Hotel
Situated bang in central London, Ham Yard Hotel offers so much more than its fellow hotels. Their commodities include a bowling alley, a rooftop terrace and even a library. This is all really exciting (before you realise that only in-guests can use them). However, in 2016 Ham Yard Hotel was awarded the Best Afternoon Tea award beating The Ritz, The Goring and Ting – so we think they’re worth a visit for some tea and cake. There’s up to four menu choices and expect to pay around £22 and upwards per person, which includes the all-important tea refills. It’s also a gorgeous place to look at; the epitome of boutique with bright colours and bold patterns adorning the sofas, rugs and the lighting designs.

Qbic Hotel
If you’re inspired to hotel hop, here are a few of our other favourites:
  • Qbic Hotel – Aldgate East
  • The Hoxton Hotel – Old Street
  • Ace Hotel – Shoreditch
  • Town Hall Hotel & Apartments – Bethnal Green
  • The Zetter Townhouse – Clerkenwell

Written by Nikki

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