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London’s hotel scene sees two smart new arrivals

Butterflies in Syon Park, and chic design in the West End

London’s hotel scene sees two smart new arrivals

November 08 2010
Maria Shollenbarger

In London, there’s no discernible slowdown on the hotel scene. In the west, London Syon Park (www.waldorfastoria.com; from £179), opening in a few weeks, is a sleek 137-room new-build in the grounds of the Duke of Northumberland’s Grade I-listed Syon House. Some of the more outstanding features: a floor-to-ceiling butterfly house in the lobby, and an artisanal ice-cream parlour.

Proposing a more urbane experience when it opens – also in the coming weeks – is the 192-room W London – Leicester Square (pictured; www.starwoodhotels.com; from £275). With interiors by über-chic Dutch firm Concrete, an outpost of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market restaurant and a VIP bar managed by Matt Hermer (of Boujis fame), it’s bound to make waves in the West End.

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