Counting some of the capital’s most well known cultural landmarks among its neighbors, including Tate Modern, the National Theatre and the Hayward Gallery, London’s latest hotel, Bankside, is slated to open in September 2018. And while its sleek design will leave no doubt as to its modern outlook, its quieter take on modernity will be no less impactful, as it aims to be one of London's most sustainable hotels.
The six-storey space, which will house 161 guest rooms including seven suites, will form part of the city’s One Blackfriars development by award-winning English architect Ian Simpson. Inspired by the area’s creative culture, the hotel will also serve as a community hub, with a gallery and dedicated space for meetings and events, as well as co-working areas, and a relaxed neighborhood-style restaurant and bar with an outdoor terrace, for when the London weather allows.
The interior will also reflect the surrounding area, and in particular its rich and vibrant history. Conceived by film set producer-turned-interiors-architect Dayna Lee of Powerstrip Studios, local craftsmanship and heritage have been the drivers behind the eclectic mix of bespoke furniture and art. "We’ve had fun celebrating the local artistic community including post-kiln pottery drying racks for shelves, kid-leather-covered furnishings conjuring an 'art school' experience and punctuating these with lots of luxurious, custom-made features," said the LA-based designer.
In terms of sustainability, a zero-landfill-waste target has been set, beehives are planned for the roof, and guest rooms will all come with power-saving features. Bankside will also rely on sustainably sourced wood for furniture and fittings, and non-or low-VOC paints will be used throughout.
Bankside Hotel, 2 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 9JU