GREAT SCOTLAND YARD
Normally spending the night in a police station isn’t ideal; it’s either the drunk tank or something even more inconvenient. Not so now. Having redeveloped the most iconic law enforcement agency in the world, Hyatt have turned it into a stunning hotel steeped in history as much as luxury. It’ll have 153 rooms and, like most good hotels, some seriously exceptional food and drink offerings. It was slated to open last month, so it’s safe to assume the grand unveiling is imminent.
VINTRY & MERCER
Hot on the heels of last year’s launch of The Ned comes Vintry & Mercer. The 92-room hotel is considerably smaller but just as cool, tucked away near Mansion House. A lot of that cool will likely come from the underground speakeasy, while velvet drapes aplenty – along with maps of London and the name – ground it firmly in the capital’s heritage. Opening this month, we’ll be raising a cocktail or two to celebrate.
JAPANESE JEWELS ON BOND STREET
Seiko isn’t the only paragon of Japanese craftsmanship that’s secured its place in one of London’s most prestigious shopping streets; over on Bond Street, TASAKI has launched their first standalone store in Europe. It’s a world away from the oldschool jewellers on the street, with geometric shapes, balanced interiors and seven floors of showcases for their stunning pearl and diamond pieces. TASAKI has also created a series of eight high jewellery creations in celebration of the boutique.
THE BREMONT TOWNHOUSE
British watchmaker Bremont is once again taking over a beautiful London building, namely Ennismore Sessions House, for three days of horological showcases and schmoozing with ambassadors. Taking place on 26-28 February, come find us at the venue’s gin bar.
THE ELITE (slightly outside of London)
Next month, anyone with a jet or in the market for one will likely find their way to Wycombe Air Park for the showcase of all things luxury that is Elite London. Sure, the name’s a little misleading given that it’s a way outside the capital, but if you’re choosing to fly in you won’t even notice. Pre-register at theeliteevents.com
The newly-opened Dixon follows Great Scotland Yard in the stakes for more law-abiding hotels, though this time the hoteliers in charge of Marriott’s Autograph collection have revamped a magistrate court near Tower Hill. There are a few nods to its previous life, like Clive Watson’s Provisioners restaurant which has taken up residence in the courtroom itself. The rest however is filled with art and views of the Thames – not a bad compromise.