Courthouse Hotel Kempinski
Formerly a magistrates’ court, you can sit in a prison cell in the bar, or eat at Silk, the hotel’s restaurant in the old Number One Court, where the bench, witness stand and dock take centre stage.
Restaurants: The Waiting Room, Carnaby Brasserie and Silk
Also: private cinema, rooftop terrace, conference suite, business centre, health spa and pool
Address: 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HL
Four Seasons hotel, Hampshire
The Four Seasons is set to do it again, with a 500-acre, 11th-century estate and manor house hotel.
Bedrooms: 133 (22 suites)
Restaurant: Seasons restaurant
Also: spa, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, clay pigeon shooting, horse-riding and a canal
Address: Dogmersfield Park, Hook, Hampshire RG27 8TD
Hotel du Vin, Henley
The former Brakspear’s brewery in Henley-on-Thames will be the group’s seventh property.
Restaurant: 90-seat bistro
Also: two private dining rooms, bar, billiard room and courtyard
Address: New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2BP
Riverbank Park Plaza
This will be London’s largest new-build hotel in three decades. The £120m, 11-storey development will incorporate a four-star hotel and five-star serviced apartments.
Bedrooms: 396 plus 66 apartments
Restaurant: Japanese/European brasserie from chef-restaurateur Pat McDonald and ex-Harvey Nichols food and retail director Dominic Ford
Address: 18 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TJ
Closed for a £16m renovation, this grande dame of a hotel is due to reopen partly in May and fully in June after Olga Polizzi has worked her magic on its interiors.
Restaurant: Brown’s Grill, St George’s Bar and Brown’s English Tearoom
Also: business centre and spa
Address: Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP
Veteran restaurateur and consultant Roy Ackerman has teamed up with Hilton to launch a new restaurant – the Grand Salon, pâtisserie and bar at the Hilton Waldorf. Homage will be a “tribute” to the grand cafés of Europe.
Address: Aldwych, London WC2B 4DD
The team behind behind Lab and the Townhouse are launching a new private members’ club with cocktails by Douglas Ankrah, but membership is by invitation only. Moroccan-inspired interiors will complement a Middle Eastern mezze-style menu.
Address: 50 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1
Ian Pengelley has a deal with the Carlton Towers hotel to take over Montes, including a separate bar and dance floor upstairs. Pengelley was previously the launch head chef at E&O, and before that worked at Cicada, the Birdcage and the Hempel.
Address: 164 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9QB
The Square and the Glasshouse creator Nigel Platts-Martin is due to launch his fifth operation in the former Dakota site in Notting Hill, London, in early spring. The project is still shrouded in secrecy, but we know that Brett Graham (formerly at the Square) will be heading the kitchen, and Helena Hell (formerly at the Connaught) will be front-of-house manager.
Address: 127 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AQ
Jason Atherton at Maze
Gordon Ramsay is behind the new restaurant and bar at the London Marriott hotel on Grosvenor Square. Head chef Jason Atherton will offer a grazing menu focusing on French cuisine with Asian influences. Grand Central Station designer David Rockwell is responsible for the design.
Address: Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP
Nobu Matsuhisa, entrepreneur BS Ong and Hollywood star Robert de Niro will open a new London restaurant, late-licence bar and club in May or June. It will offer a more informal dining environment than London’s original Nobu at the Metropolitan hotel.
Address: Berkeley Street, London W1
Also in 2005…
January will see the launch of 43 South Molton Street, a new style venue in London equipped with restaurant-café, basement bar and members’ club. In March, Nuevo Latino food arrives in Hoxton, London, in the form of Cube n Star.
Also in the capital in March, the modern Portuguese restaurant Tugga opens on Chelsea’s King’s Road. Miguel Castro e Silva, one of Portugal’s top chefs, is creating an exciting and modern menu.