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Exuding seductive glamour at every twist and turn, the sister hotel to New York's perennial favourite has to be London's hotel opening of the year.
Taking up residence inside the historic, Grade-II listed building famously known as The Bow Street Magistrates' Court and Police Station, following an extensive three-year makeover, it's looking mighty fine. If you haven't got this one on your radar yet, quickly add it to your list.
NoMad London is the Sydell Group's first foray outside the US and the hotel pays thoughtful tribute to its storied past with suites fashioned from magistrates offices, artworks nodding to the incarcerated and the courtroom itself spruced up for use as an elegant events space.
Celebrated design studio Roman and Williams have tempered extroverted elements – the restaurant atrium is a true scene-stealer; the bars are built for buzz – with the feel of a real Covent Garden residence. The verdict, as we're certain a jury of our peers would unanimously conclude, is: a triumph.
The NoMad features a library (for guests only post-4pm) and free WiFi throughout. In rooms you can expect air conditioning, blackout curtains, king-size beds, fully stocked minibar, Argan bath products by Côté Bastide, complimentary newspaper delivery on request. And the suites feature standalone bath tubs.
If you think the striking abstract artworks seen throughout the hotel have a certain expressive quality, you'd be right. They're the work of artist Caroline Denervaud, a former dancer who now applies her movements to paper using her body as a brush.
Given the showstopper of a space they've created with meagre ingredients – the triple-height restaurant atrium garlanded with trailing greenery was previously a crumbling courtyard used by police vehicles – it stands to reason that, in the kitchen, culinary crowd-pleasers will be created daily from the best of London's market-fresh produce. Executive chef Ashley Abodeely, an alumni of NoMads NY and LA, is overseeing proceedings – her menu features stand-out sharers (a seafood platter, a roast chicken for the table), some knowingly English nods (venison tartare, pea hummus, suckling pig) and plenty of metropolitan flair.
To book the NoMad London, head over to Mr & Mrs Smith now.