The Hot List: A New Wave Of Hotels Hits London

11/07/2013 18:34 | Updated 22 May 2015

Thanks to two rather big events taking place in London this year, 2012 is definitely the capital's time to shine. While the city is already jam-packed with world-famous hotels, the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics have sparked a rapid increase in new developments all over the place, from Regent's Street to the East End. Take a look below to find out more about the newest names in London.

Hotel: The Wellesley, opening November 2012

Where: Knightsbridge

USP: 1920s art deco meets city sleek decor. Sip on cocktails in the Jazz Bar or light up in The Cigar Room before heading to one of the 36 decadent bedrooms - or perhaps even the Penthouse Suite - for a good night's sleep. We're talking six star luxury here.

What's the damage: No word yet but our guess is this Hyde Park Corner location will put it in the pricey bracket.

Hotel: ME London, opening July 2012

Where: The Strand

USP: Designed by Foster & Partners, this contemporary hotel is the latest project from the Spanish hotel group, Melia International. It's 157 bedrooms will make it a popular stop off for tourists this Summer, but we'll be heading to the rooftop bar for some of the best views of the city.

What's the damage: The prices haven't yet been released but we're expecting reasonable rates for a central location.

Hotel: Belgraves, now open

Where: Belgravia - a stone's throw away from Sloane Square

USP: The Thompson group have recently opened their latest hotel, aimed to be "a second home for guests and glitterati alike" and with its SW1 location, there's a chance you'll bump into some of the most glamorous guests in London. It boasts a chic, sleek style with subtle hints of cosiness (roaring fires, patterned rugs, comfy sofas) and foodies will be happy with the in-house restaurant - Hix Belgravia.

What's the damage: King Deluxe Rooms are around £260 a night.

Hotel: The Ampersand, now open

Where: South Kensington

USP: There are 111 bedrooms here, but it has retained a boutique hotel feel with quirky, colourful decor and luxe rooms inspired by the local area - from the Royal Albert Hall to Chelsea Gardens. Our favourite feature? The cellar-turned-restaurant, Apero, which serves up Mediterranean treats daily.

What's the damge: Double rooms start at £125 a night and range up to £245 for a Deluxe Studio.


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