Among the raft of new hotels to have opened in central London over the past few months, two stand out: No.5 Maddox Street — an under-the-radar boutique establishment — and Belgraves, the latest offering from Thompson Hotels.
The doorway of No.5 is unmarked and there are just 12 suites, each with one, two or three bedrooms and their own private living rooms and kitchens. The hotel, a five-minute meander from Oxford Circus, also boasts balconies, open fireplaces and a 24-hour concierge.
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Belgraves, by contrast, is more grand, with interior design by Tara Bernerd & Partners and an in-house restaurant run by the British chef Mark Hix. Located in Belgravia, not far from Sloane Square and Knightsbridge, it has 85 rooms. It’s the first of the Thompson Hotels to open this side of the Atlantic.
— TINA BARAGA
No.5 Maddox Street
Mayfair, London W1S 2QD
20 Chesham Place
London SW1X 8HQ
London is going mad — as they say in these parts — for Lucian Freud. Three new exhibitions opening this month showcase the work of one of Britain’s greatest 20th Century artists, who died last summer.
The National Portrait Gallery is showing 100 works, while Blain|Southern, a Mayfair gallery, will display a selection of previously unseen drawings and watercolors, including portraits of Freud’s parents and childhood etchings.
Meanwhile, the sculptor Jane McAdam Freud’s large-scale sculpture of her father, based on the sketches she made in the last months of his life, will go on show at the Freud Museum, which is Sigmund Freud’s former home in north London.
— CATHERINE TIPPLE
“Lucian Freud Portraits”
Feb. 9 to May 27
The National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
London WC2H 0HE
Feb. 17 to April 5
6 Hill Street, London W1J 5NF
“Lucian Freud My Father”
Jan. 25 to Mar. 4
20 Maresfield Gardens, London, NW3 5SX
Cashmere knitwear specialist Tamsin de Roemer has opened a jewel box of a shop in an elegant patch of central London, not far from Marble Arch. De Roemer stocks the designer’s knitwear, leather accessories, fine jewelry collections, bespoke items — and even baby blankets — while the showroom is downstairs.
De Roemer plans to relaunch her Web site, deroemer.com, at the end of this month and return to wholesaling her collections starting with the coming fall season.
— SAMANTHA CONTI
14 Porchester Place
London, W2 2BS
There is a wave of nostalgia sweeping through the London restaurant scene and nowhere is that more evident than the streets around Aldwych — near the London Fashion Week venue of Somerset House.
The Wolseley’s younger sibling — and the latest project from Christopher Corbin and Jeremy King — is the Delaunay, which offers dishes including liverwurst with pickled walnuts and toasted rye bread; Viennese hot dogs with sauerkraut and potato salad, and three different kinds of schnitzel. Meanwhile, a new ice cream sundae called “Lucian” pays tribute to the late artist and longtime fan of the Wolseley, Lucian Freud, who had lunch there every day. It is made of hazelnut, almond and pistachio ice creams, whipped cream and butterscotch sauce.
A few streets away, Mishkin’s — the latest offer from the owners of Polpo, Polpetto, and Spuntino — has a Fifties New York deli feel and serves up such goodies as chopped chicken liver sandwiches with schmaltzed radish; matzo ball soup, and pickled herring with beets tartar.
— CATHERINE TIPPLE
55 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BB
25 Catherine Street
London WC2B 5JS