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Take a break from Christmas at one of London’s best new hotels

Need to escape? We have just the thing

After Christmas with the in-laws, you definitely deserve a break. Be a tourist for a night and take advantage of London’s famous hospitality. The only question is – which of London’s best new hotels will you choose for your staycation?  

1. The Dixon

Set in the impressive former Tower Bridge Magistrates Court, and named after John Dixon Butler, the building’s Edwardian architect, The Dixon takes its inspiration from the South Bank’s extensive artistic and cultural heritage. Its 193 rooms were designed by twenty2degrees studio, with contemporary furniture and art from local artists on the walls. A bolthole to check out when it opens in January.

thedixon.co.uk

2. L’Oscar Hotel

Nowadays, it’s not so common for a hotel to go for unapologetic decadence. Not L’Oscar, the newest addition to Holborn, built within the grand Baroque environs of a former Edwardian church. L’Oscar embraces
all things outré, with interiors decorated with velvet, leather and crystal. It’s a suitable ode to the area’s literary heritage. A night spent here is the perfect way to top off a visit to the West End.

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3. Kimpton Fitzroy London

After serious renovation in April, what was The Principal is now the Kimpton Fitzroy London. It’s grand and ornate, occupying an entire block along one side of Russell Square. The sumptuous marble interiors and beautiful chandeliers add to the splendour, along with Fitz’s, a plush cocktail bar that’s an ideal spot for a nightcap.

kimptonfitzroylondon.co.uk

4. The Academy

Another recent reopening in Bloomsbury is The Academy, which opened its doors in May. Set across five Georgian townhouses, The Academy is elegant in a low-key way. As well as 50 bedrooms, there’s a beautiful courtyard garden, the Alchemy Bar and a cosy library, well-stocked with London’s finest literary classics. Escape here for a weekend cultural break in the centre of the capital.

theacademyhotel.co.uk

5. Vintry & Mercer

Set in the middle of the City, Vintry & Mercer takes its name from the surrounding guilds and livery halls that line this historic area: Vintry, established in 1364, was the centre for wine merchants, and Mercer, established in 1304, was for textile sellers. Head to their (heated) roof terrace for a meal with views of St Paul’s, before descending to their subterranean speakeasy for a nightcap.

vintryandmercer.com

6. Belmond Cadogan

Now in the capable hands of international hoteliers Belmond, the iconic Cadogan Hotel is set to reopen in early 2019. Promising understated elegance that marries the luxury of Knightsbridge with the artistic spirit of Chelsea, it’ll offer rich interiors, fine dining and access to Cadogan Gardens. It’s an historic place to spend the night: Oscar Wilde once lived there.

belmond.com