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
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
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!

  • Dominique
  • Nico

    What magic place!

    Total black with trench and..on lb-lc fashion blog


  • Renfashionista

    Wow, what an opulent, gorgeous place!
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  • Lisa

    Gorgeous images Kelly.

  • Catherine Dream

    It looks tres magical, but the red lip makes it unapologetically cool, I love it!

  • Elle Croft

    This looks beautiful. I have walked past it a bunch of times without really noticing (apart from that well-lit entrance). That’s the thing about London – there are so many spectacularly history-laden hotels around that you can easily miss gems like this one. I’ll have to stop into the Punch Room one day soon for a drink and to take a look around!

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