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Nobu to Open Second London Hotel

Nobu has announced the opening date for it’s second London property. Nobu Hotel London Portman Square is set to open its doors in November 2020. Located in the heart of central London’s vibrant Marylebone area, Nobu Hotel London Portman Square features 249 guest rooms and suites, Nobu’s world-class restaurant, a ballroom and meeting spaces – all beautifully conceptualised by London-based architecture and interior design firm David Collins Studio with Make Architects. Book your stay in a luxury lifestyle hotel in London West.

Nobu Hotel London Portman Square will apply a contemporary approach to both aesthetics and hospitality, taking inspiration from Japanese architectural disciplines and minimalist design, whilst utilizing a refined color palette influenced by heritage Japanese color combinations.

Award-winning David Collins Studio is responsible for the hotel’s common spaces, including; the lobby, lobby lounge, Nobu Bar and Restaurant, outdoor terrace, ballroom and boardrooms. Extensive research into Japanese arts and crafts was integral to the design process, exploring traditional architecture, paneling and patterns – such as tatami mats and Buro (patchwork) as well as the ancient art of Sumi-e (mark making) – and reinterpreting these aesthetic points of reference in a modern way throughout the hotel’s spaces.

Natural materials and ordered architectural frameworks have been used to create a sense of flow, uniformity and rhythm, inviting guests to move through the space seamlessly. A palette mix of warm, natural tones imbues a sense of calm in the lobby, while more colorful experiences will take place in Nobu Bar, lobby lounge and Nobu Restaurant – spaces punctuated by deeper tones and elements of glamour.

Central to the unique aesthetic of Nobu Hotel London Portman Square is a focus on exceptional craftsmanship, from hand-blown glass chandeliers and bespoke lighting pieces to large scale sculpture and original artworks. Upon entering the lobby, guests will immediately be struck by a dramatic high ceiling, from which hangs a kinetic sculpture created by artist Ivan Black. The 5m installation features rotating metal fins that cast a subtle effect of light and shade into the room, evoking an initial sense of theatre. Suspended above the reception console is a sculptural cloud statement pendant light by Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert. Exemplifying the hotel’s hand-crafted approach to design, Maxwell’s piece employs traditional glass-blowing techniques to create a one-of-a-kind lighting sculpture.

Rooms and suites by Make Architects echo a distinct character and allure seen in the rest of the hotel, primarily influenced by Japanese minimalist aesthetic and complemented by moments of bold artistic expression. Striking wall prints, bespoke lighting and intricate joinery take center stage in each room, set against the backdrop of a neutral, textural color palette. An abundance of natural light and natural materials create a sense of place that is calm, bright and warm. Guests will be able to book from a range of elegantly appointed rooms and suites across seven distinct categories – some boasting terraces with views overlooking Portman Square. Those seeking something more indulgent can choose from the One Bedroom Suite or The Nobu Penthouse.

Nobu Hotel London Portman Square will see the iconic Nobu Berkeley Street restaurant move to its new home in Marylebone. Continuing a 15-year legacy of exceptional culinary experiences, the Nobu Restaurant at Nobu Hotel London Portman Square will bring the flagship’s signature handcrafted approach to cuisine and service into a brand new space. Additional hotel facilities include a 600-person ballroom, five meeting spaces, a state-of-the-art gym and wellness facilities.

2020 is an exciting year for Nobu Hotels, with 10 hotels currently open and eight more in the pipeline across the US, Europe and the Middle East.

Iuliia Tore