Kirsty’s January Site Visits
Globe’s Kirsty donned her walking shoes for her annual January site visits around London.
Racking up over 8 miles of steps in a single day, she’s provided this handy guide to where she visited and what she thought:
The Curtain Hotel, Shoreditch
Always a favourite of ours, it has a great variety of spaces and is very flexible in layout. All bars and restaurants can be hired exclusively, and I particularly loved LIDO, the roof terrace and bar.
Although it was a very wet morning, this space was wonderfully bright and airy, with a real Mediterranean theme. With a retractable roof, it’s definitely a place to consider for a summer party.
As the rain eased off, it was onto NOBU Shoreditch to take a look around their event space, and WOW – what an event space! It’s basically one large space, with ceiling and floor tracks, allowing the walls to be moved in all directions. Jason the Event Manager must surely have his work cut out managing the various permutations of the space.
The event space is on the ground floor, so easy access for your guests and, with one wall which is floor to ceiling glass overlooking the outdoor terraces, offers plenty of light to keep your guests bright throughout the day. As the name suggests, the décor is very Japanese, with clean lines, and lots of light wood. If you do plan to visit, make some time to eat in the restaurant – the food looks amazing!
New Road Hotel, Whitechapel
A short tube journey then took me to a hotel still under construction, the New Road Hotel, in Whitechapel. Still very much a hard hat work in progress, this is still in a very undeveloped area, but will no doubt attract the right kind of clientele to the area.
Sample bedrooms are ready to view, and the quirky beds mean you won’t struggle for a good night’s sleep. There is limited meeting space in this venue (all on the ground floor), but bars and restaurants will be available to hire exclusively. I’m looking forward to seeing this venue again when it’s ready to welcome its residents.
I then headed over to the other side of London for my next visit to LUMA London. This is a short walk from Hammersmith Station. With no meeting space or restaurant, this is simply a great hotel, with lovely comfortable bedrooms, and a common area offering self-service snacks and drinks, and is the meeting point for collecting your breakfast bag in the morning as you head out for the day.
Their rates are exceptionally good for the area, and the Manager is very keen to welcome business travellers to the property.
My weary feet took me to my final visit of the day – the Mandrake Hotel. This is definitely a very well-kept secret which should now be well out in the open!
Not easy to find from the street (signage is very minimal), you’re led through a dark tunnel (very similar to a nightclub) before you arrive in the main reception area. Artwork is eclectic and very unusual, the meeting spaces are very flexible, and as the hotel is built around a central outdoor space, each level has meeting rooms and entertainment space overlooking garden areas and terraces, offering lots of natural daylight.
A private dining room on the ground floor, decorated in scarlet, provides that WOW feeling the minute you walk in, and offers a decadence which matches this venue perfectly. DDR rates for this part of the West End are also extremely competitive.
It was a great day with some fantastic venues, perfect for group travel and events. If you’d like to make a booking at any of the venues we’ve spoken about, get in touch with Globe to secure the best rates and we’ll ensure you have a truly memorable experience for all the right reasons!