Venue Review: South Place HotelWritten by Paul Feb 16 2015
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When the owners respected London restaurant Group D&D announced they were opening a hotel people took notice, and rightly so. South Place is the result of their foray into hotels and it’s really rather good, so much so that currently on TripAdvisor it’s rated as the 16th best in London, out of over 1000 hotels. Having visited it’s not difficult to see why, great location (2mins from Liverpool St), excellent atmosphere, friendly & professional staff and design by Conran & Partners, all makes this a welcome addition to London.
Like all good hotels the reception area and food outlets are constantly bustling, giving the place a fun yet homely feel. The Conran (who previously owned D&D) touch can be seen throughout, with plenty of quirky artefacts and fixtures. On the top floor you’ll find Angler, a Michelin starred restaurant & roof terrace, there’s also 3 South Place, an all day brasserie & bar. Elsewhere there’s a small members club (for guests) called Le Chriffre and a secret garden, which is available to hire. Bedrooms offer refined luxury with B&O TV’s, well stocked minibar (with Sipsmith Gin) & contemporary artworks.
In terms of event spaces South Place has 5 main spaces, from the intimate Peel & Solo rooms, which can seat boardrooms/dinners of 20, through to the Purdey & Steed suite where you could host conferences of 100 or dinners for 120. All the spaces offer state of the art AV, natural light and modern, interesting design. For corporate entertainment & private dinners the Kuryakin/Red room offers a unique space and you can also hire out the Secret Garden.
The City has a real need for venues like this, in my experience anyone working in insurance/finance/legal has the inability to travel more than 2 tube stops to a meeting. That and the fact that demand for modern venues is growing in an area that is dominated by Livery Halls, not that they aren’t wonderful just not to everyone’s tastes, means South Place should do very well for themselves.