Best New Openings in London in 2017

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New Hotels: Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square

 

Luxury hotels from the Four Seasons and Soho House, delicious restaurants from Rick Stein and Tom Kerridge, and a brand new Postal Museum, LondonTown reveals the best new openings in London in 2017.

 
 

New Hotels: Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square & The Ned

The Four Seasons comes to the City of London and Soho House takes over the old Midland Bank.

10 Trinity Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC3P 3AX

Tube: Chancery Lane Station

 
 
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New Hotels: The Ned

New Hotels: The Ned

Two significant new hotels open in the City at the beginning of 2017. Occupying a prominent location overlooking the Tower Of London and the River ThamesTen Trinity Square, is sympathetically transformed into a luxury Four Seasons hotel from January 2017. One hundred guest rooms and suites, two restaurants, bars, meeting salons and spa are all centred around the Rotunda, its original domed ceiling now beautifully restored. 

Another hot new hotel opening in the City, The Ned from Soho House opens in early 2017 in the former Midland Bank, hosting nine (nine!) restaurants, 252 bedrooms channeling 1920s and 1930s design. As you'd expect from the people who gave us the Cowshed, there's a rooftop pool, gym, spa, hamam as well as a late night lounge bar. In the belly of the building is the bank's original vault, with its twenty tonne, two-metre-wide door. The vault contains over 3,000 stainless steel safety deposit boxes now lining the walls of the basement lounge bar.

 
 
 

New Theatres: Bush Theatre reopens & St James Theatre becomes The Other Palace

The Bush Theatre is back after a year of refurbishments and St James Theatre becomes The Other Palace.

 
New Theatres: Bush Theatre reopens & St James Theatre becomes The Other Palace

New Theatres: Bush Theatre reopens & St James Theatre becomes The Other Palace

 

After a year-long closure, the Bush Theatre is back following a £4.3m revitalisation of its Shepherds Bush home with a new programme and a new studio space. It opens in March 2017 with a week-long celebration, entitled Making Space, before the staging of the first production, Guards at the Taj directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Over in Victoria, St James Theatre becomes The Other Palace, brought under the banner of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Really Useful Theatre Group. The theatre director said: "I had a great experience trying out 'School of Rock' at the Gramercy Theatre in New York [and] I hope my experience will be repeated by others in these exciting spaces."

 
 
 

New Galleries & Museums

The Estorick, The Postal Museum and the V&A reveal new cultural spaces.

 
New Galleries & Museums - Victoria and Albert Museum's Exhibition Road Project

New Galleries & Museums

Victoria and Albert Museum's Exhibition Road Project

 

The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, renowned for its core collection of Futurist works, reopens in January 2017 with a rehang of the permanent collection and a new exhibition, War in the Sunshine: The British in Italy 1917-1918.

Midway through 2017 the brand new Postal Museum opens, revealing 500 years of postal history and giving visitors a chance to travel in the underground Mail Rail tunnels for the first time.

A huge building project comes to fruition as V&A Exhibition Road is revealed in July 2017. A new purpose-built underground gallery, a magnificent courtyard space and a new entrance from the recently landscaped Exhibition Road side, to the west of the museum will be unveiled. In the same year, the Victoria and Albert Museum's Photography Galleries open in the autumn.

 
 
 

New Restaurants: Rick Stein & Tom Kerridge

 
Rick Stein opens his first London restaurant in Barnes

Rick Stein opens his first London restaurant in Barnes

 

There's a glut of new restaurants to salivate over in 2017 including two by top chefs making their first foray into the city. Rick Stein's first London restaurant opens at The Depot in Barnes while Tom Kerridge finally comes to the capital, setting up his restuarant at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower.

On the third floor of one of the City's most eye catching new skyscrapers, the Cheesegrater, a new restaurant from Bob Bob Ricard comes our way in April 2017. Bob Bob Exchange is primarily made up of booths complete with the best bit about the original - the "press for champagne" button.

 
 
 

New Restaurants in London's Five Star Hotels

 
James Durrant opens The Game Bird at The Stafford

James Durrant opens The Game Bird at The Stafford

 

A handful of London's five star hotels are bringing in internationally renowned chefs to shake up their in-house dining. Anne-Sophie Pic opens La Dame de Pic at the already mentioned Four Seasons in Ten Trinity Square. Mexican chef Martha Ortiz sets up a new restaurant in addition to Theo Randall's Italian dining room at the InterContinental London Park Lane.

Jean Georges opens a second restaurant at the Connaught and James Durrant opens The Game Bird at the Stafford as the hotel emerges from a stylish refurbishment. All these and Tom Kerridge at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower too.

 
 
 

New Hotels: Nobu, Dorsett City & Lalit

 
New Hotels: Dorsett City

New Hotels: Dorsett City

 

Six protruding slabs and a landscaped garden give the Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch a striking appearance. These gardens allow natural light to flood the lower triple height restaurant and bar space at the 150 room boutique hotel, which promises to be one of the most hotly anticipated new openings of 2017. 

Set to launch in the first quarter of 2017, Dorsett City adds 267 rooms, two restaurants - Shikumen and the late night dining VQ (Vingt-Quatre) - to a 13-storey building next to Aldgate tube station. If it's anything like sister hotel, Dorsett Shepherds Bush, this will bring affordable luxury to the City.

The 180-year-old baroque building which once housed St. Olave's Grammar School is unveiled as The Lalit London. The luxury boutique hotel features 70 beautifully designed rooms, each ornamented with bespoke Indian art, all a stone's throw away from Tower Bridge.

 
 
 

New Development: Television Centre

Wood Lane, White City, London, W12 7RJ

Tube: Wood Lane Station, White City Station

 
 
Television Centre

Television Centre

 

In 2017 the first glimpse into the new Television Centre in White City can be seen as the BBC returns to Studio 1 early in the year. The second branch of Chelsea's Bluebird restaurant, a 50-room hotel from Soho House (complete with rooftop pool), a new campus and humanities hub for the Royal College of Art are all set to open in 2017. In the same year Mark and Alan Wogan, sons of Sir Terry Wogan, launch the next branch of their Homeslice pizza brand at Television Centre but we'll have to wait until 2018 for 950 new apartments to become homes. In the meantime Pergola on the Roof gives us rooftop dining and a bird's eye view over developments at the White City site.

 
 
 
 
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