Opened in 2007, the Andaz Liverpool Street was East London’s first luxury offering, located on the site of one of the oldest purpose-built railway hotels in the city. It helped propel a boom in the area that has shown no signs of slowing. Now, Conran and Partners has overseen the multi-million pound refit to all 267 rooms and suites of the Andaz. The firm has captured East London’s gritty character – albeit in a sleek style befitting of the Andaz’s five-star splendour.
There are homages to Shoreditch’s textile industry in the tattoo-art tan-leather bed headboards, fine-art photography of the area by Martin Usborne, illustrations by local artist Sophie Mo, while art consultancy Dais Contemporary has stocked each room with books by publishers Hoxton Mini Press. The designers, meanwhile, have opted for a smart palette of materials that deftly marries the edginess of Shoreditch with the tradition of the City. To wit, the rooms are bedecked in pinstriped carpets – nodding to the suits of City bankers – while the bases of beds are clad in a stitched denim-like fabric.
Wing-backed chairs by Morgan, custom-made walnut desks, matte-black brassware and skincare products by Ren complete the warm ‘residential’ feel of the rooms. Although the bustling Victorian concourse beckons below, you might be hard-pressed to find a reason to leave.