The London Edition

11th November, 2014

Our British home base ~ center of operations for all the shopping, eating, touring and shooting we did ~ was The London Edition. Ideally located in the heart of Central London, the hotel is a mecca for sophisticated, international creatives. Its wood paneled guest rooms evoke the cozy, cabin-like feel of life on a private yacht; its public spaces channel the glamour of the sort of storied old hotels that inspired Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. For one week in England, it was the grooviest of headquarters…
LondonEdition2ABOVE| The London Edition’s historic entrance. The building was originally built in 1875 as five grand townhouses, which were converted in 1909 into a hotel frequented by the likes of King George VII. It was recently acquired by Ian Schrager and reopened in 2013 in its current iteration.
LondonEdition3ABOVE LEFT| an Ingo Maurer ‘chandelier’ in the entrance hall, cleverly juxtaposed against the original, intricately-carved 1800’s ceilings  ABOVE RIGHT| an explosion of orchids adorns the concierge desk
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LondonEdition6ABOVE| Although unapologetically luxe, The London Edition doesn’t take itself too seriously. There’s a highbrow / low-stuffiness approach that’s evident in all the details ~ especially the red lips painted onto this original 1800’s carved ceiling sculpture!
LondonEdition7ABOVE| That ceiling! Those original marble walls!
LondonEdition8ABOVE| Donald Judd couches and regal Deco mirrors in the lobby bar
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ABOVE + BELOW| The prize jewel in The London Edition’s gem-encrusted crown is Berner’s Tavern, a gob-stoppingly gorgeous restaurant off the lobby, headed up by Michelin star chef Jason Atherton.
LondonEdition10ABOVE| Lining the double-story walls of Berner’s Tavern is the most delightfully curated art collection we’ve seen since we first toured Nanette Lepore’s groovy Amagansett cabin.
LondonEdition11After dinner at Berner’s, we heartily suggest making a reservation for drinks down the hall at the Punch Room, where cocktails are served by the group size and from a punch bowl. Jolly good fun!
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