London’s Newest (American) Additions

by Natasha Wolff | July 22, 2013 12:00 am

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 [1]
Location: Crowne Plaza Shoreditch
TidBrit: It’s the first international venture for Alex Calderwood’s Ace empire. Additions in the works[2] include local London businesses Square Mile Coffee Roasters and That Flower Shop. Reserve a room for fall 2013 here[3].

Mondrian Hotel
Coming early 2014[4]
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.

Hudson Hotel
Coming in 2015
Location: TBD
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
Location: Belgravia
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[6]
Covent Garden
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[7].

336-337 Strand[8]
ME London Hotel
TidBrit: The building where STK is located was home to the first-ever daily radio broadcast in the U.K.

110 Bishopsgate[9]
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[10]
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. 

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  3. Reserve a room for fall 2013 here:
  7. Shake Shake also opened up:

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