New Yorkers taking a trip across the pond to celebrate the arrival of the royal baby might recognize more than they think, thanks to a recent American invasion: A Rat Pack’s worth of bold U.S. brands are bringing a blitz of Vegas-style glitz and glam to the refined London landscape this year. Here’s the scoop on a few American favorites making British debuts.
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
Coming in September
100 Shoreditch High Street
Location: Crowne Plaza Shoreditch
TidBrit: It’s the first international venture for Alex Calderwood’s Ace empire. Additions in the works include local London businesses Square Mile Coffee Roasters and That Flower Shop. Reserve a room for fall 2013 here.
Coming early 2014
Location: Sea Containers House on the South Bank
TidBrit: The Morgans Hotel Group’s sixth Mondrian will be bigger than its latest New York hotel by 100 rooms. Tom Dixon’s design draws inspiration from the elegance of a transatlantic 1920s liner, appropriate for a gigantic Mondrian with views of the Thames.
Coming in 2015
TidBrit: Another venture by Morgans, the 234-room Hudson built within a century-old Edwardian building will coincide with the renovation of the Big Apple original.
Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel
20 Chesham Pl
TidBrit: The art within the hotel represents local talent, but once piece behind the front desk–by British artist Ben Turnball—is a collage of superheroes that forms an American flag. It is called Patriots
4-6 Russell St
Location: Covent Garden
TidBrit: Restaurateur Keith McNally’s London installment serves up French brasserie-inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekends in the heart of culture epicenter Covent Garden, where recently Shake Shake also opened up.
Location: ME London Hotel
TidBrit: The building where STK is located was home to the first-ever daily radio broadcast in the U.K.
Location: Heron Tower
TidBrit: SushiSamba has quickly become a London hot spot—there’s lready a two-month waiting list for a table, and the restaurant receives more than 2,000 calls a day.
99 Kensington High St
Location: Kensington High Street
TidBrit: Equinox occupies a former Rainbow Room restaurant, a ’70’s mainstay of icons like Mick Jagger, Twiggy, and David Bowie. The property is listed under English Heritage, so every aspect of the renovation—from light fixtures to fire alarms—had to be reviewed and approved.