Selected openings

31 January 2005 by
Selected openings


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.

Bedrooms: 116

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.

Bedrooms: 42

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


Brown's, London

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.

Bedrooms: 117

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.

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