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HOTEL REVIEW


transform 85 acres of former exhibition land into commercial, leisure, retail and residential facilities in a bid to attract business and growth to Wembley. Up till now, the area was dominated by three-star, limited-service lodgings, with little in the way of upscale hotels. Enter Hilton. The group first announced the project back in 2002, appointing The Manser Practice as architect and interior designer. But with a change of site and a recession to contend with, the development took longer than expected, opening ten years to the day after initial meetings between operator and designer. Situated at the end of Wembley Way – a


tourist attraction in its own right – the black granite façade of Hilton London Wembley contrasts with the surrounding buildings, its highly polished finish reflecting the iconic arch


of Wembley Stadium and angled fins of the adjacent arena. The triangular site, partly given over to student accommodation, proved something of a challenge for The Manser Practice, headed up by Managing Director Jonathan Manser working with the firm’s Directors Barry Mullin on architecture and Jane Johnson on interiors. The positioning of the entrance at the far corner of the site resulted in an awkward-shaped lobby, detracted from by a triple-height that helps to guide the eye upwards. Here, a Rothschild & Bickers chandelier formed from hand- blown glass bubble lights takes centre stage. Honed and polished Marron Jupiter marble flooring, supplied by Strata Tiles, warms the voluminous space from beneath, while a cosy seating area atop a hand-tufted Union Jack


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TOP: Locally inspired design features continue in The Association Restaurant through an English rose carpet and art installation displaying hand-painted porcelain plates that follow the course of the River Thames ABOVE LEFT: Lining the route up to the first floor, a three-dimensional feature wall designed by London-based artist Adam Simpson depicts events that have taken place in Wembley over the decades


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