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ONES TO WATCH


Terrace at the London Edition


Jason Atherton, who counts several critically acclaimed London restaurants as his own, has helped to create a buzz around the all-day dining venue with a contemporary British menu. Inspired by manor house libraries and London’s 19th-century private clubs, oak-panelled cocktail bar the Punch Room is also a draw, with its extravagant leather and velvet furnishings. Located in Fitzrovia, the space was first converted into a hotel in 1909 and played host to the likes of King Edward VII and Carl Faberge. It reopened under the Edition hotels


Time for tea


Sophie Griffiths takes high tea in one of London’s finest new venues – Ting Lounge in Shangri-La at the Shard


High tea in London’s Shangri-La takes the traditional afternoon concept to a new level – the 35th floor of the Shard, to be precise. We are sitting in Ting lounge,


gazing out at tiny red London buses trundling over bridges that span the murky brown snake of the Thames. A golden orb has us puzzled, until we identify it as the Monument near Bank. To the left, the dome of St Paul’s rises up. The view is understandably


the main feature of Shangri-La’s newest hotel, and everything else seems to be designed around this incredible vista.


36 17.07.2014 Situated between the 34th and


52nd floors of Renzo Piano’s iconic building, the Shangri-La is Western Europe’s highest hotel. And what better way to appreciate it than from Ting – the Chinese word for “living room” – the hotel’s restaurant and lounge that wraps around the 34th floor. Ting offers guests and non- residents an a la carte menu


of Asian specialities and two types of afternoon tea – an Asian-inspired version and a traditional British version. It is the latter I was there to


enjoy with my parents, and it does not disappoint. As we are seated, a waiter brings a small stand on which to place our handbags – heaven forbid we should have to put them on the floor.


Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood London was inspired by the atmosphere of a drawing room


brand in September last year. All 173 rooms have iPod docking stations and flatscreen TVs, as well as custom imported linens. The penthouse suite features a wraparound landscaped terrace with 360-degree views of London and its own dining room. ■ edition-hotels.marriott.com


Rosewood London Situated in central London, just three minutes walk from Holborn tube station, the Rosewood London opened in October last year. The 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque building underwent extensive renovations to


preserve the Grade II-listed street frontage and dome and the marble staircase that rises up through all seven storeys of the hotel. In addition to the 262 guestrooms, the “Midtown” hotel features 44 suites; of these the Grand Manor House Wing is the most extravagant and the only hotel suite in the world to boast its own postcode. Accessed via a private elevator and its own street entrance, the wing has six bedrooms, a dressing chamber, library, dining room and several sitting rooms across 6,318 square feet. ■ rosewoodhotels.com


The Peninsula London A 1.5-acre plot, opposite the gardens of Buckingham Palace and overlooking Hyde Park, is set to be redeveloped into a mixed-use scheme that will incorporate The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited’s (HSH’s) first hotel in the UK – The Peninsula London. An official opening date and hotel details are yet to be revealed. ■ peninsula.com


Chiltern Firehouse It’s not a venue that needs any introduction after the column inches generated by its newly opened restaurant, but it’s worth highlighting that Chiltern Firehouse is also a 26-room hotel. Located in the affluent Marylebone area, the Firehouse is set in one of London’s first purpose-built fire stations. ■ chilternfirehouse.com


Silver tea stands follow, each


sporting mouth-watering savoury treats, from organic egg mayonnaise, smoked salmon, roast chicken and grain mustard, cucumber and fresh Scottish lobster finger sandwiches. Sweet treats include scones, tiny chocolate temptations and cappuccino cakes – all, of course, washed down with a glass of Champagne. The food is incredible,


while the view is undeniably distracting – and the panorama doesn’t just stop at the restaurant. The vista is also available from the bathrooms – even the toilets offer guests the opportunity to continue gazing down at the capital. You just have to hope that no one happens to be looking up…


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