New Venues London: 2016
New Openings in 2016 - Venues, Hotels & Restaurants
2015 was a great year for new venues right across the UK. In Birmingham we saw the opening of the long awaited Resorts World & Genting Hotel, and up in Manchester footballers including Ryan Giggs & Paul Scholes joined forces to launch Hotel Football, which has been well reviewed by guests and critics alike. In London we’ve seen the new Hilton Bankside, with an impressive ballroom for 700, and Montcalm’s latest offering in Shoreditch, the trendy M by Montcalm. The long awaited Intercontinental Hotel at London’s O2 is expected to scrape into the 2015 openings on December 19th, and will offer Western Europe’s largest ballroom accommodating 3000 guests.
In 2016 we are set to see similar levels of hotel & venue development, with the opening of numerous properties. The trend is set to continue as well, certainly in hotels, with an estimated 17,769 new hotel rooms expected to be built in London by the end of 2018. Most of these new rooms will be in budget or 5* properties, showing that London is still a diverse market when it comes to attracting visitors.
Here’s our roundup of the hotels, restaurants and event venues opening in London in 2016.
Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch There are few more iconic restaurants in London than Mayfair’s celeb hotspot Nobu. The chain now has 8 hotels built or under development, with London being the first in Europe. At the moment we know it will house 156 bedrooms and feature menus by Nobu Matshuisa himself. Set in a striking new building on Willow Street the property is due to open in the first quarter of 2016.
Photo of the planned design for Nobu’s new Shoreditch Hotel
41 Degrees Bar, London This is just a rumour at the moment, albeit a well founded one, that former holder of 3 Michelin Stars, Ferran Adria, is looking to open a London outpost of his Barcelona based 41 Degrees. No 20 course tasting menus here though, just cocktails and snacks, but probably not as you know them.
Great Scotland Yard Hotel, Whitehall Steigenberger Hotels have long dominated the German hospitality market and now they are set to make waves in London having won the contract to run the new Great Scotland Yard Hotel. The hotel is set to target the 5* market so will provide added competition for next door neighbours The Corinthia and The Royal Horseguards Hotels.
Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square, London London is already graced with two Four Seasons hotels on Park Lane and in Canary Wharf. This third outpost from the group, in the former Port of London Authority building will provide 100 rooms and 2 restaurants. For those with extra deep pockets there will be 41 residences, all with access to the amenities within the hotel.
Swingers Restaurant/Bar/Venue, London Cocktails, street food & crazy golf, all set in a WWII bunker, what’s not to like? Having closed their Shoreditch popup earlier this year the dubiously named Swingers London (don’t do a google image search!) are returning with a permanent venue for 2016.
Photo of the new Swingers crazy golf club & bar in Central London
Park Plaza Waterloo Hotel, London Park Plaza hotels continue their domination of the Waterloo skyline with the latest offering, a 438 bedroom hotel, which with the ongoing extension of Park Plaza Riverbank will give the chain nearly 2,500 rooms in the area. Meetings space won’t be large, but there are anticipated to be numerous smaller rooms aimed at the training market.
Pharmacy 2 Restaurant, London Damian Hirst launched his first Pharmacy restaurant in Notting Hill back in 1998. After a brief period as the novelty restaurant to the stars it closed in 2003. Now he’s back with the aptly, if not imaginatively, named Pharmacy 2. Opening as part of Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, the artist is remaining characteristically tight lipped about just what we can expect.
100 Wardour Street, London After a devastating fire earlier this year their Floridita Restaurant, D&D London saw an opportunity to give the old girl an overhaul and create a new dining experience. Set to be one of London’s largest restaurants with the ability to seat 425 covers, the venue will also be able to host up to 872 guests for events.