ME London Opens in Aldwych

by theartofbespoke in News & Noteworthy

As the ME London hotel opens in the heart of theatreland, we pick out some design tips worth stealing from this hip new haunt.

Norman Foster’s first UK hotel project, ME London, opened its doors at the beginning of this year. Step through its doors and you’ll find an NY-style steakhouse, Italian kitchen and the obligatory to-die-for spa. There are 157 guest rooms, with the pick of the bunch being the ultra-luxe Suite ME, a two-storey penthouse in a turret, which dishes up everything from 55-inch TVs to knockout views over Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.

Foster + Partners designed the hotel’s interiors and exteriors, and the result is a fusion of classic traditions and contemporary detail. There are some great design touches throughout, not least the dramatic monochrome palette – upstairs, black marble corridors lead to crisp white bedrooms. It’s an idea worth stealing for your own home. Here are a few others:

Sumptuous bedlinen

Top hotels are all about the bedding and, with its luxury feather beds and white Egyptian cotton sheets, ME London certainly delivers on that front.

For your own five-star bed, try Vi-Spring, which supplies numerous hotels, including the Goring, the first hotel to have a Royal Warrant from the Queen. Vi-Spring’s handmade beds, crafted from the finest natural materials, promise life-changing comfort.

Spa-style bathrooms

ME London’s white marble bathrooms boast spa-style rain showers and premium amenities. For your own upscale bathroom accessories, head to C.P. Hart. The firm draws on a 75-year heritage to make high-spec bathroom fittings, as well as bespoke shower rooms.

Stylish outdoor furniture

Take the express lift up to the 10th-floor Radio bar, lounge and terrace (so named because the building was once the home of BBC Radio.) Here you can kick back with a cocktail on the terrace and take in some of London’s best views.

Out here you’ll also find linen-clad sofas, woven ottomans and candle lanterns. For something similar, try Leisure Plan, which makes classic and contemporary designer outdoor furniture. Its woven-style Dedon collection offers exactly the kind of thing you’ll spot in stylish Ibiza bars.

Chic contemporary furnishings

ME London may be housed in a traditional building, but the interiors are resolutely contemporary. Here you’ll find bold furnishings that make a proud statement. To find your own striking pieces, try the Sofa and Chair Company in West London, which specialises in high-end upholstered furniture, including dining chairs, ottomans and chaises longues.

ME London, 337 Strand, WC2 . Rooms start at £340 + VAT.

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