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Hot London Hotel Happenings this Summer

Hot London Hotel Happenings this Summer

July 31st, 2023

With the weather in London being nothing but shivery drizzle with a backdrop of a dull shade of grey, we have hand picked some of the hottest happenings in some of London's coolest hotels this summer. From world class photography exhibits to brand new summer menus and funky bars, bright days are just around the corner ...

The Hari

Award-winning luxury hotel The Hari, Belgravia has a new photography exhibition with London photography gallery, Atlas, and A Space for Art. Running until September at The Hari, the exhibition will showcase a curated edit of the Atlas collection which focuses on 20th century photography exploring everything from fashion to journalism.

The exhibition includes the rare and comprehensive body of work by the late George Hoyningen-Huene, the original pioneer of fashion photography, who continues to have relevance today for his striking photographic portraits. Nick Brandt whose work focuses on humanity's destructive impact on the natural world and humans is also featured, alongside Chris Simpson who has been influenced by the exoticism of the natural world around him and whose globetrotting has taken him from remote regions such as the Atacama Desert and Easter Island, to the Himba tribe of Namibia and tobacco farmers in Cuba.

Having curated The Hari London’s public spaces since its opening in 2016, the team at A Space for Art have established The Hari as a leading player in London’s hotel art scene. The Hari is committed to supporting the new generation of artists, offering equal opportunities for all and this year they are running The Hari Art Prize for its second year - which celebrates the global roster of artistic talent attracted to London. With over 400 applicants in 2022, ranging from sculptures to paintings, the 2023 Art Prize sees a panel of judges including Irene Bradbury, Senior Director of White Cube, among others to be confirmed, to highlight and support emerging talent. The winners of the art-prize will receive a £10,000 cash prize with runners up winning exhibition space at the hotel.

The Atlas x The Hari exhibition finishes in September 2023. For more information, see here.

Bankside Hotel

Bankside Hotel London’s restaurant, Art Yard Bar & Kitchen, has announced a new chef alongside an entirely new menu in time for the summer season. Newly appointed executive chef, Sofiane Kaced, has taken inspiration from Antibes to create summery dishes that play with the vibrant colours, textures and tastes of the Mediterranean. The wood oven takes a prominent role in the menu, its culinary effects being present in many of the art-inspired dishes.

Signature dishes include roast bass and clams, with samphire, grilled pepper and basil leaves, and slow cooked, wood-fired beef brisket, with a BBQ glaze, corn on the cob and coleslaw. Similar to the cuisine itself, the stylish restaurant maintains a relaxed atmosphere with refined touches, welcoming families, couples or groups of friends to enjoy the menu. Kaced brings with him a wealth of experience in luxury hospitality, with over two decades of experience in luxury hotels and establishments across London, the Middle East and the south of France. Highlights of his career include nearly a decade with Searcy’s, with three years as Head Chef of the Royal Opera House, as well as time working at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill in Mayfair.

In addition to the main menu, Kaced and the hotel’s latest Artist in Residence, will combine their skills to create a special set menu that echoes this collaboration. The next Artist in Residence, Lana Matsuyama, is a Japanese-American contemporary artist, designer and creative director based in London and New York.

For more information on the new menu or to book, please see here.

Generator London

Built-in a former police station, Generator London is ideally located at the heart of the city, with King's Cross and Euston close by and iconic Regents Park, Covent Garden and the British Museum a stone's throw away. With a wide range of room types, from a luxurious Private Superior King Suite, comfortable Private Twin rooms, and four and eight-bed private rooms, Generator offers options for every traveller.

Reflective of the city's vibrant street culture, Generator London is decorated throughout with stylish, bold graphics, vibrant patterns, and British cultural icons, providing a trendy cosmopolitan feel throughout the property. Visitors can grab late-night drinks in the Shuffleboard Bar, where they can play the popular Scandinavian game, sip on an ice-cold local beer or signature handcrafted cocktail and indulge in delicious bar snacks. For daytime relaxation, guests can visit the hotel's café and indulge in excellent barista-style coffee and tasty offerings whilst enjoying the fantastic zinc and tin interiors, wooden pods, and, if the mood takes them, try their hand on the hand-painted piano.

Generator London also has a travel shop, chill-out areas, luggage storage and bike hire for exploring the city easily and provides female-only dorms and 24-hour reception. Generator London is also pet-friendly, so furry friends can join you during your stay.

For more information on the new menu or to book, please see here.

Lydia Matthews

Lydia Matthews

As our London Correspondent, Lydia explores all that makes the capital come to life from coffee shops to wine bars, cabaret shows, city staycations and all things culture.