There isn’t a hint of beige at nhow London, a bold and creative new hotel that is oozing with style and panache.
Our roving doggy reporter TeamCocopup Charlie and doting dog mum Hannah Tan-Gillies ventured out in the vibrant hotel for a luxury penthouse stay that’s fit for VIPS (very important pooches).
‘London Reloaded’ is the theme of nhow London, the new kid on the block in the city’s hotel scene. The lobby is an explosion of London-themed motifs, from Big Ben lifting off to armchairs donning Queen’s Guard uniforms.
Nhow London is a colourful celebration of East London’s art, culture and community. All the striking artworks in the space is curated by Jealous Gallery in partnership with Project Orange. Indeed, there is something to feast your eyes on at every corner at nhow London, much in the same way that London always offers something new to discover for residents both new and old.
TeamCocopup Charlie checked-in for the VIP Pet Package and was greeted with a dog bowl upon entry. One of the best things about the hotel’s pet policy is that there was no size restriction on pets. All paw friends are welcome regardless of size, which is great for a medium-sized dog like Charlie.
The Penthouse Suite is located on the eighth floor at the end of an Alice In Wonderland-esque hallway, with each room door fashioned like the doors at Notting Hill, complete with classic brass knockers. Green shag carpets may seem like an odd design choice at any other establishment but fits right in at the Penthouse Suite, which is stylish and full of personality.
The triangular layout offers cosy little pockets, while maximising the city views on the eight floor. Modern and contemporary furnishings are balanced with bold wall papers, and of course plenty of art. The Penthouse is home to one of the most opulent bathrooms we have seen, complete with free-standing bath and gold sink. The bathrobes, with ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ embroidered accordingly, reflect the same royal theme, ensuring that all guests feel like kings and queens during their stay.
While the Penthouse Suite missed a couple of doggy essentials like a doggy bed or bowls, we appreciated how Charlie was allowed in every communal space at the hotel. The hotel restaurant, Bell & Whistle, is part of the lobby and anchored by a striking fireplace with wood planks designed to almost extend out of the space. Neon signs, kitsch royal family mugs, a curious selection of books, miniature boats and porcelain pooches are dotted around the cosy yet vibrant space.
The menu, while small, offered plenty of flavour. We tried BBQ Fillet of Mackerel which was served with baby lettuce, pickled heritage carrots and a punchy anchovy dressing. For mains, you simply must have the nhow Burger, which comprises a dry aged Angus beef patty with all the trimmings. The Spatchcock Roast Baby Chicken, served with a warm courgette and cherry tomato salad, also impressed. For dessert, the Vegan Eton Mess is a must-have and perfect for dairy/egg intolerance sufferers like me.
There is no better way to end the evening than with a drink at the bar. The nhow bar is the place to be for a vibey cocktail. It has a vast range of craft beers and ciders and specialist spirits that would impress even the most knowledgeable connoisseur.
With so much going on at the hotel and in buzzy East London, the Penthouse Suite is a haven from the busyness below. It is stylish place to recharge and call home, even for just a short stay and we almost didn’t want to leave. From the punk meets pop interiors, the effortlessly cool vibes and the fabulous service, there’s certainly plenty to love at nhow London – we shall surely be returning.