Andaz Liverpool Street — London, UK
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, illustrations by local artist Sophie Mo, while art consultancy Dais Contemporary has stocked each room with books by publishers Hoxton Mini Press and fine-art photography of the area by Martin Usborne. 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.