NEW YORK—The London EDITION, the latest from EDITION Hotels and the first to debut in Europe, will open this fall.
Ian Schrager envisaged the EDITION brand in a partnership with Marriott International.
The London EDITION inhabits the former Berners Hotel. While preserving the landmark’s historic aspects, the hotel’s spaces have been redesigned to fuse old and new, and past and present.
The hotel takes its design inspiration from Great Britain, channeling the aristocracy of an English country manor with the modern, edgy appeal of a private gentleman’s club in London.
The Georgian landmark was originally constructed in 1835 as five luxurious townhouses. In 1908, the buildings were combined to create the Berners Hotel. The hotel boasts marble interiors and intricately carved ceilings. These traditional elements stand in contrast to the property’s two bars and dance club.
Additionally, the hotel includes a 24-hr. fitness facility and 173 wood-paneled guestrooms and suites that recall a private yacht’s cabins, dressed in either dark walnut or light oak. The rooms feature traditional tufted slipper-chairs by George Smith and gilt-framed Dutch Masters: “remasters” by photographer Hendrik Kerstens.
The hotel lobby is an atrium with marbles spread across the walls, floor and corner bar, as part of the hotel’s original, and now restored, design and structure.
Berner’s Tavern is situated adjacent, led by Executive Chef Jason Atherton. The gastro-restaurant features banquettes of chestnut mohair and taupe leather, as well as round, rift cut bleached oak tables. The interiors boast a Parisian flair.
While the property features large doorways and a marble staircase, it contrasts the Edwardian era with Ingo Mauer’s spaceship-like silver sphere light that sits above the entrance. Additionally, the Christian Liaigre black metal furniture, Salvador Dali-inspired floor lamps, and Grand Central Station-inspired chandeliers situated above the tables in Berner’s Tavern also bring the piece into the 21st century.
The color scheme includes dusty rose upholstery, burnt ochre walls, khaki, pale green leather, and mustard velvets.
The lobby features a black walnut table inspired by Donald Judd, with Apple desktop computers and laptop outlets.
In the back of the hotel resides The Punch Room, a den paneled with fumed-oak and inspired by the libraries of an English country manor house and 19th century London clubs. The space features furnished custom tufted banquettes in teal velvet, overstuffed mint green leather tub chairs, and dark brown leather club chairs.
The dance club features theatrical lighting from concert lighting specialist Patrick Woodroffe.