There’s nothing like stepping into a great hotel to make you feel excited. It’s the promise of kicking back and fun times ahead. An escape from the everyday.
And a treat indeed it was to be a guest at the launch party of The Ned in the City last night, London’s most hotly anticipated hotel opening in a long time.
There were deliciously fruity cocktails served in beautiful crystal glasses, probably the best prawn tempura I have ever had from one of its six restaurants and live music by Gareth Malone, Tinie Tempah, Paloma Faith and Gary Barlow.
But the real star of the night was the hotel itself. This offering by Soho House and US hoteliers Sydell is a huge fun palace where every inch has been carefully designed to wow visitors. Housed in what used to be the Midland Bank HQ it oozes discreet luxury coupled with 1930s cruise liner glamour.
And that’s another reason I love hotels. They are perfect hunting ground not just for a good time but also inspiration for creative work. The curved chair leg of a bar stool, the mosaic patterns in the pool area – you never know when one of these details will trigger an idea that ends up as a new piece of work.
Below and above are some of the things that captured my attention especially. I hope they will excite you too.