Housed in a Grade-II listed building on the former grounds of King Henry VIII’s Bridewell Palace Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars’ interiors by THDP honour building’s past life referenced in the materials used throughout the hotel with marble ceramics and gold finishes evoking its former regality.
The opening of the Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars marks a key milestone in Hyatt’s strategic growth in the capital as the ninth Hyatt hotel in the city. In the last five years, Hyatt has increased its brand presence in the UK from five to 13 properties, with six of those based in London. The 204-key Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars is the 14th property in the country, demonstrating the United Kingdom as a priority growth market within its diverse and evolving brand portfolio.
The building and the location
Housed in a grade II listed building on the former grounds of King Henry VIII’s Bridewell Palace, Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars claims a prime spot in London’s business and leisure district, home to global corporations, influential businesses, and law firms. Guests will be able to enjoy convenient access to all that the capital has to offer, with Blackfriars Underground and railway stations just a few minutes away. Many of London’s most popular attractions including St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe are also within walking distance from the hotel.
In line with the Hyatt Regency brand ethos, the hotel has been intuitively designed for productivity and peace of mind, with an environment for guests to work, connect or relax. Well-appointed guest rooms and suites boast contemporary finishes, high-end amenities, and dedicated workspaces. Three dynamic and diverse food and beverage concepts are poised to become new local culinary destinations. Meanwhile a trio of versatile group spaces offer to host a wide range of meeting and events in this desirable central London location. Guests also benefit from access to a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness centre.
The design inspirations
Designed by THDP, the hotel’s interiors are influenced by its local history. The building’s past life as one of King Henry VIII’s royal palaces is referenced in the materials used throughout the hotel, with marble ceramics and gold finishes evoking its former regality. With Fleet Street, the historic hub of printing and publishing, just around the corner, Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars pays homage to the craftsmanship of the trade through the bespoke artwork inspired by the art of newspaper printing that adorns its walls. The overall concept is a tribute to London’s iconic landmarks and details. References around the building recall street corners, underground details, patterns and window partitions that the guest can find by exploring a little.
“The geometry of the Grade II listed building inspired us during the design process. We took elements from the facade such as the cast iron elements, the ceramic cladding pattern and the window partitions and developed them to create a unique reference with the exteriors”, says Nick Hickson, THDP’s co-founder and head design of the project.
The colour palette is play on the “greens of London”. Throughout the area and famous London landmarks, the colour green is a constant feature throughout the city. The aim for THDP was to use this hue as a familiar symbol people can relate to, feeling the atmosphere of London on the journey from the outside to the guest room.
204 guest rooms and suites provide impressive views of the listed buildings that once held iconic printing presses, while others offer the chance to marvel at the famous skyline of the city of London. With 10 room categories and up to 753 square feet (70 square meters) of space, guests can enjoy the hotel’s modern guest rooms, complemented by ergonomic work areas, rainfall showers and comfortable aesthetics. Here the classic meets contemporary style, with dark wood panelling behind beds, soft furnishings inspiration, green marble details for a luxury feel, exposed open wardrobes, clean lines. Every room features area rugs to define lounge area, full length mirrors, box framed TV and classic British lighting with a modern twist.
The bathrooms feature luxury hand crafted tiling, a walk-in shower and a custom vanity unit with wall mounted tap, whilst small the bathrooms feel luxurious and generous.
THDP designed two innovative food and beverage concepts, set to mark Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars as the new destination for inspired cuisine and mixology.
The Chinese Cricket Club fuses traditional techniques and the finest ingredients to offer a contemporary take on Chinese classics. The restaurant is named in honour of the captain of the Shanghai XI cricket team, Feng, who travelled to England in 1857 with his bride, Xiu. When arriving to Blackfriars’ docks, the couple made their way to Limehouse, where Xiu opened the first traditional Chinese restaurant in London. Their legacy lives on in the inviting backdrop of The Chinese Cricket Club and its rich and diverse menu of homemade dim sum and signature specialties. The design elements here are oriental style seating, black ink artworks, fabric hues, boiseries with raffia wallpaper and timber inserts, rosso imperiale marble on the bar tops, tiled and wood flooring, organically shaped lighting elements and decorative wall tiles.
New York and London meet at NynLON, a neighbourhood-style bistro that celebrates the charm, heritage, and influence of the two great cities. The all-day menu brings together local and sustainable dining, with elevated comfort food favourites, accompanied by an extensive drinks list showcasing authentic American whiskies and exceptional natural wines. The design elements here are industrial and vintage style seating, vintage illustration artworks, industrial and art deco lighting. The bar is a new creation feature light natural marble tops and dark wood cladding it’s the perfect place to enjoy an evening drink and light meal.
Meeting and Events
For seamless events in the city of London, Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars offers up to 4,628 square feet (430 square meters) of multifunctional, thoughtful event space. Two medium-sized spaces have been designed to optimize productivity, and are well suited for meetings, or small group gatherings. The main function room can seat approximately 150 people and is an ideal choice for conferences or large events, benefitting from technology-enabled features, enviable transport connections and a sophisticated city location.
Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars joins a growing list of Hyatt properties in the UK, and marks the ninth Hyatt branded hotel in London, joining Hyatt Regency London Albert Embankment, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill; Great Scotland Yard Hotel, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt; Andaz London Liverpool Street, Hyatt Place London City East, Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport and Hyatt Regency London Stratford and Hyatt House London Stratford.