Published on November 11, 2013 | by Cyp Roy


South Place Hotel

The second annual South Place Hotel Art Prize party, London, October 18, 2013

Culture and arts are prominent themes in the South Place Hotel [Ekaterina Ancheveskaya]


A stone’s throw from Moorgate and Liverpool Street tube stations, South Place Hotel is a new 80-bedroom haven from the successful restaurant group D&D.

From the moment you set foot through the revolving doors, the lobby’s dim lighting and bright smiles from the staff immediately draw you in.

The evening’s main event was the hotel’s annual Art Prize ceremony and was taking place in Le Chiffre, a Bond-themed room named after the character from Casino Royale.

Javier, perhaps the friendliest hotel staff member I have ever encountered, led me to the room through dark yet pleasant hallways, each individually decorated with incredible art by emerging London artists.

Following the inescapable conversations with the hosts and the artist himself, I wandered with my friend – beer in hand – through the hotel.

The rooftop terrace is undeniably one of London’s new hidden gems. The atmosphere is upscale yet relaxed, and the adjoining Michelin-starred restaurant that I walked through wasn’t fussy like one would expect from such a place.

We could have eaten there in trainers and no-one would have said a word. This hotel’s focus on culture and the arts is its predominant theme.

Managing director David Loewi explains: “It’s a small enough hotel so that we can really put our own identity in it and we could only have made it with the support and help of the artists.”

Competition winner James Crawford has had his artwork displayed in the ground floor’s front window, in the hope that more artists enter the event next year (a £5,000 prize is awarded to the first place winner).

The hotel also hosts a multitude of events from Friday to Sunday, including music from well-known DJs in the spacious ground floor bar and Bloody Mary brunches on Sundays.

Free membership is available and highly recommended as it offers discount incentives, invites to parties and access to members only rooms.

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