Artful lodger: Dexter Moran Associates designs London’s Vintry and Mercer
London’s ancient guilds may no longer be the powerful mercantile bodies they were once, but their influence continues to be felt in the British capital in unexpected ways.
Set between the 14th-century Vintry and Mercer guild halls, the newly minted Vintry & Mercer hotel effortlessly parses a new eight-storey build against the quarter’s old world patina and trade in wines and fabrics, and the looming bulk of the Shard.
Appropriately, Dexter Moran Associates have dressed the 92 rooms and public spaces in fine silk, textiles and leather, old trading maps and ceramic tiles, whilst subtly referencing the vast pastures that once surrounded the area with indoor plants and green hues. Warmer days will lure guests upstairs to the roof terrace’s charcoal oven, infused spirits, a farm-to-plate menu, and captivating views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Southbank.
As evening falls, a retreat to Do Not Disturb, a subterranean speakeasy that takes its visual cues from 1920s New York, is entirely appropriate.