The South Place Hotel, London, UK

The South Place Hotel, London, UK

Drawing on those qualities that put London ahead of the game in the global hotel scene, South Place fuses designer dining, art and a great night's sleep. The Conran interior helps the cause here, but it's the extensive collection of commissioned art that pushes it ahead other boutiques in the neighbourhood, pieces by London-based contemporary artists such as John Vincent Aranda and Gavin Mitchell. The first hotel venture from D&D London, the parent group that bought Conran's restaurants, South Place has 80 bedrooms, in-room technology by Bang and Olufsen, three bars and a restaurant (naturally) headed by chef Tony Fleming. Located on the Shoreditch end of the City, it sponsors its own Art Prize, recently won by Israeli RA student Zemer Peled; his sculpture, Nature in a Domestic Space, is showcased in the lobby.