Wish We Were Here: London Edition
(Photos courtesy of London Edition)When it comes to design, Ian Schrager can do no wrong. Such is the case at the hotelier's latest project, the newly opened London Edition, which is set in a beautifully preserved Georgian building in trendy Fitzrovia. It's just the place to drop your bags on your way to the Decorex International event.
(Photos courtesy of London Edition)A mix of items from several different styles and periods greets you the minute you walk into the space. There's the ornate carved molding and a grand marble staircase—holdovers from the original 1835 building—but also the teal-velvet banquettes in the library-like Punch Room cocktail bar. The overall feel is that of a traditional English gentleman's club, albeit one with a 21st-century spin.
(Photos courtesy of London Edition)Berner's Tavern, the hotel's restaurant, is perhaps even more visually inspiring: opulent chandeliers that recall the ones hanging in New York City's Grand Central Station illuminate a sea of leather-and-chestnut-mohair banquettes and bleached-oak tables.
(Photos courtesy of London Edition)But the 173 guest rooms are more subdued, with warm wood paneling, a neutral palette, and tactile fabrics throughout, from the fur throws on the bed to the ultra-soft textiles on the George Smith slipper chairs. Cheeky photographic takes on works by Dutch masters—all framed within thick gold borders—complete the picture. All of a sudden, wish we were there seems like an understatement.
(Photos courtesy of London Edition)