Novotel Canary Wharf sets new heights for hotels in London
The brightest addition to the Novotel fleet of stunning hotels has opened in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf. Deni attended the launch and stayed the night.The city lit up for the opening of the Novotel London Canary Wharf. It’s the tallest hotel in the UK with 39-storeys, 313 rooms and 26 individually designed suites; one of which was my lodging for the unforgettable night.
Stars mingled and boogied into the night among the splendour of Novotel’s BŌKAN Restaurant, Bar and Roof Terrace, on floors 37 through 39, which boast 360° views of London’s iconic skyline.
Quirky and cool BGT finalist Tokio Meyers and stunner Vogue Williams soundtracked a stylish drinks reception full of important hotel people, celebrities, fashionistas, musicians, press and bloggers.
I sipped Taittinger and tucked into some aubergine nibbles made by Michelin-starred chef, Aurelie Altemaire, and then later some seriously fine-dining tofu dishes whipped up by Hungarian superstar waiter and chef Norbert.
The new Novotel hotel, which is the global flagship for the group, is perfect for a business trip, party weekend or romantic getaway. Prices won’t really dip below £100 a night and can go above £400 for the fanciest rooms during the busiest times.
I enjoyed a comfortable, deep sleep in a plush Queen size bed in my top-end executive suite on floor 36, and awoke to the breathtaking view of the city, with the Shard and London Eye in clear sight.
After a lazy lie-in I popped back down to BŌKAN for a three-course buffet breakfast (open till 10.30am – and everything I’m about to list comes as standard…).
I started with muesli with soymilk, berries, seeds and nuts, and a soya cappuccino. My second course was avocado and sweetcorn on toasted crusty fig and walnut bloomer, with beans, tomatoes and fried mushrooms on the side. After, I tucked into a classic bagel with a second cappuccino. Absolute bliss.
I rolled back into bed knowing I’d secured a late checkout at 2pm (recommend!).
After letting my food go down and having some fun taking photos in the room, I made my way to floor -1 to check out the New York-style gym and pool area.
As I was a little hungover, I could have easily fallen asleep being rocked in supremely comfortable giant chairs hanging from the ceiling.
Let me talk a bit about the interior of the place: it’s industrial and rustic – heavy on woods, metals (copper in particular), dark neutral colours, classy props and machinery accents. While a little rugged it’s totally targeted at intellectual, fine tastes: like something out of a Living Etc. special.
Guests entering the Gallery are met by an impressive feature staircase which draws you to the upper levels of the public areas. Suspended by copper vertical rods and with heavy solid character oak steps, the staircase is the centrepiece to the design influenced by Canary Wharf’s maritime history.
Renowned artist Sam Peacock’s turquoise and red landscape wall with a dusting of Arabica coffee grains stands alongside darker woods, metals and rope adding vibrancy to the Galleria.
In fact, the stunning building is designed and laid out in perfect harmony like an art gallery, while being homely and inviting like a hotel should be. It’s certainly London’s newest gem which plays ode to the beauty of the city.
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