Whitewaller London 2019 is taking you to the city for this year’s edition of Frieze London, highlighting where to go to eat and drink at, see art, and relax. Below, we’re sharing a list of the top hotels to stay at while in town.
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
Elegant and full of thoughtful details, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch offers 143 timeless rooms and seven suites alongside its iconic 240-seat Nobu Restaurant—designed by Studio PCH. With a dynamic East- meets-West philosophy, the hotel welcomes its guests to an oasis with a 24-hour culinary experience, and an exclusive fitness center and spa. Contemporary and innovative, yet classic and worldly, Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch radiates creative energy.
- Relax at the Nobu Café in the hotel lobby.
- Spend time in the calm pocket garden.
- Enjoy open-air drinking and dining on the charming Nobu Terrace. Sip cocktails at the Lobby Bar.
Whitewaller recommends: Booking the Nobu Suite for its two private balconies.
Known as the world’s first luxury boutique hotel, Blakes Hotel boasts 44 rooms and suites, and offers guests popular all-day dining options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Designed by Anouska Hempel, the hotel is also home to Blakes Restaurant, an exclusive lounge and club called Blakes Below, and the tranquil Blakes Courtyard.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying seasonal Mediterranean-inspired dishes at Blakes Restaurant.
The Groucho Club
The Groucho Club is London’s original private members’ club for the creative arts industries. With an extensive contemporary art collection adorning every wall, the Club is renowned for its rich heritage and reputation for hosting fantastic parties. The Club has several social spaces including two bars, two restaurants, and five event spaces, as well as twenty bedrooms for members to stay in.
Whitewaller recommends: Ordering “The Twinkle”—the club’s signature champagne cocktail.
The Zetter Townhouse
Quintessentially English, The Zetter Townhouse is a quirky 13-bedroom Georgian townhouse hotel that’s more like the private home of an eccentric ancestor. Featuring collectibles, taxidermy, and Victoriana, the hotel is also famous for its cocktails. Enjoy the new “Cures & Curiosities” cocktail menu, created in collaboration with industry heavyweights Matt Whiley and Rich Woods.
Whitewaller recommends: Having a drink at the cocktail lounge.
h Club London
h Club London is a private members’ club in the heart of Covent Garden for people in the creative industries. The seven-story building houses a TV studio, an art gallery, restaurants, and lounges, as well as a 36-seat screening room, live performance space, and 15 boutique bedrooms.
Whitewaller recommends: Catching a show at the live performance space, The Oak Room.
Ace Hotel London
Ace Hotel London incorporates a wide range of design influences, from the clean modernism of the Bauhaus to U.K. punk, and each of the 258 guest rooms feels like a friend’s Shoreditch apartment. The hotel also includes Hoi Polloi restaurant, a bustling lobby with outposts from various businesses, The Rooftop & Terrace, and Miranda—the performance and arts space in the basement.
Whitewaller recommends: Checking out the views from the rooftop Night Light.
Launched in February 2014, the Chiltern Firehouse occupies one of London’s first purpose-built fire stations, and belongs to the collection of luxury hotels by André Balazs. With 26 rooms and suites, the hotel is also home to Chiltern Firehouse restaurant, which is led by Executive Chef Nuno Mendes, and offers contemporary, ingredient-focused fare with an underlying American accent.
Whitewaller recommends: Ordering the black truffle glazed beetroot with burrata.
The London EDITION
The London EDITION brings together the integrity and character of a historic building with a simple, sophisticated design, creating an elegant environment of charisma and ease. With 173 rooms, two bars, meeting rooms, a buzzing lobby, and Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern restaurant, the hotel acts as a dynamic hub where guests and visitors can work, relax, socialize, and dine—all under one roof.
Whitewaller recommends: Catching up over a bowl of punch at Punch Room.
Nestled amid a host of parks, restaurants, shops, and galleries, The Connaught is home to 121 rooms, suites, and signature suites, as well as a spa and five restaurants and bars. The hotel also houses its own art collection, which includes works by Damien Hirst, Graham Sutherland, Julian Opie, and Louise Bourgeois, displayed throughout the building.
Whitewaller recommends: Dining at Hélène Darroze.
Set in the former Midland Bank building, The Ned was designed by Sir Edwin “Ned” Lutyens in 1924. It offers 250 bedrooms, ten restaurants, a range of grooming services, and Ned’s Club—where members and hotel guests staying in suites can access a rooftop pool, gym, spa, hammam, and lounge bar in the original vault.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying a rooftop swim at Ned’s Club.