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Hilton London Bankside: Get Inside “A Hilton like no Other Hilton”Monday 20 February 2017
“A Hilton like no other Hilton” is how the Bankside Hotel describes itself and Coveted Magazine couldn’t agree more. From the design of the space to the customer service, Hilton London Bankside provides the perfect luxury experience for a trip to London.
Bankside hotel opened its doors in October 2015, six years after the latest opening hotel of the prestigious Hilton chain. It could be just another Hilton hotel in London, but the entire atmosphere created by the interior design of the space makes sure that the difference is noticed.
Get inside this new Hilton is like entering in the heart of Bankside and discover all its secrets. Even in the facade, it’s possible to see how the city was an inspiration to create the architecture and design of the space. The building is layered of stone, brick, bronze metal cladding and glass, which make it easily framed in the industrial area that surrounds it. Since the outside, it’s very clear how the art is present in every single room of the hotel – in areas reserved for taxis, there are two graffiti panels that can easily represent the way that area is becoming modern yet keeping its traditional industrial style.
The entire hotel is a project of Dexter Moren Associates & Twenty2Degrees. The two companies worked together to create this space filled with delightful surprises.
It’s important to understand that Hilton Bankside is the nearest five-star hotel of Tate Modern and this touristic point had a huge influence on the design of the space, not only because of the materials used but also due to the large art pieces that are displayed in the entire area.
From the reception to every single area of this project, Dexter Moren Associates & Twenty2Degrees, the responsible for the architecture and design of the hotel, created an industrial space where you can feel the real sense of the city, but, at the same time, you feel comfortable and homely.
Let’s talk about the decoration of the space: it’s quite clear all the inspiration that the designers’ team took from the area. Very industrial and brutalist, Hilton Bankside reflects the urban living off that part of the city. Right at the lobby, it’s possible to feel the industrial inspiration of the design and how designers had incorporated the details of the area in the decor. The floor is a reference to the neighboring Tate Modern, evoking the famous Turbine Hall.
Small sculptures of foxes are placed all over the hotel, which represent another way of incorporating the spirit of the area inside the hotel.
The location is another thing that makes this new Hilton a star in the city guide of London. Five minutes’ walk and you are at some of the most iconic and cultural places of the city: The Globe, Tate Modern and The Shard.
Another thing to enjoy in the Bankside Hilton is the OXBO Restaurant. With a delicious menu created using fresh British ingredients from local markets, this is the perfect place to have dinner.
The restaurant always keeps the industrial design of the entire hotel with a very modern vibe. In the middle of the space, there are decorative perforated steel screens, creating privacy and are strategically positioned to allow guests to be grouped into smaller areas.
On the floor, black and white tiles create a modern pattern, providing a more contemporary look to the restaurant.
The decoration of the space blends in well with the overall decor. On the walls, there animals’ sculptures in papier-mâché, an artwork by David Farrer. Looking at the ceiling, we can see a bespoke lighting created by the British company Northern Lights and the Danish Fransden Project, especially for the Hilton Bankside.
After dinner, the Distillery Bar is the best place to go. The name of the bar is a reference to the antique distillery that occupied the space during the 80’s.
With a large selection of gins from all around the world, which is always increasing, the Distillery is the perfect place to enjoy some cocktails.
On the left wall, 16,800 pennies create a very traditional decoration, maintaining the industrial style.
Hilton Bankside Hotel provides a full London experience, always with the luxury and comfort that the hotel chain already accustomed us, as well as the opportunity to involve yourself with the spirit of the area.
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