Haymarket Hotel is in the heart of London’s theatre district, sitting next door to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Both buildings were designed and built by John Nash in about 1820. The outside of the building is very traditional, but as you step through the doors it becomes a little bit more of an adventure.
Art is at the forefront of Haymarket Hotel, as you step through the entrance you are greeted with an original Tony Cragg sculpture, a liquid steel sculpture which unites the lobby. There is also a striking black and white painting by the artist, John Virtue. It’s very contemporary, in the background you see the Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Oxo Tower, but nevertheless, there’s a mediaeval feel to the painting. On another wall, we have a 22-foot-long installation of tiny stones by Sue Lawty, contrasting with an eighteenth-century Swedish sofa.
On the ground floor, there is a series of rooms leading one to the other, but each has its own individual personality, colour, and style. The Conservatory is bright and fresh while The Library is a cornucopia of wonderful warmth and colour. I wanted the library to have its own sense of arrival, standing out on its own, rather than acting as a passage way. I didn’t want to fight its lack of natural light, so I had a lot of fun playing with indigos, red and denim hues to make it cosy and comforting.
The library leads on to what we call the Shooting Gallery, named so as gentlemen in the 19th century would come to the Haymarket with their guns to hone their shooting skills. On the walls circling the room is a sepia hue hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper depicting a mythical scene of volcanoes and jungle. This series of rooms are a journey and adventure in their own right. It’s not predictable, around each corner you turn there’s something different to catch your eye.
There are 50 beautifully individually designed bedrooms and suites at Haymarket Hotel and the highlight is the Townhouse. Set over four floors, the rooms are wonderfully light with floor-to-ceiling windows. The scheme is fresh and bright with blues and raspberry reds. It’s often the details in the room which just capture the imagination. We’ve used our wonderful Vaughan fabric on the plinth sofa, with inside out stitching which is just clipped with that little red colour and the cushions themselves have a bright blue leather piping. There is a nod to the past in this room but we don’t wish to be a pastiche and I think it’s so important to bring rooms up to date and make them contemporary. The Townhouse has a private entrance on Suffolk Street which adds adventure. It is so special to have your own front door, so our guests can feel like a Londoner staying in London.
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