Haymarket Restaurant, London
Hot on the heels of the success of The Soho Hotel, London hoteliers Tim and Kit Kemp have opened on the 1st of May 2007 the Haymarket Hotel, their sixth London property. A bold step away from cookie-cutter minimalism, Haymarket Hotel fuses contemporary and classical references in an ultra-central London location. It’s a landmark building designed by the legendary John Nash, the master architect who developed most of Regency London, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and the adjoining Haymarket Theatre.
The hotel comprises 50 individually designed bedrooms and suites, an exclusive 2-5 bedroom townhouse, Brumus bar and restaurant, conservatory and library. There are several private event spaces including The Shooting Gallery, a vast space on the ground floor in which can seat 70 for dinner. There is a gym and a treatment room, plus a spectacular 18 m long pool with a bar, lounge, music and lighting system.
Interiors, by Kit Kemp, are a remarkable combination that honours the building’s noble lineage whilst updating it with a contemporary English point of view. The lobby is a clean airy space featuring a large stainless steel sculpture by Tony Cragg and paintings by John Virtue, while the downstairs pool, which is more bar than spa, features a spectacular lighting scheme that uses strong contrasts of light and shadow. Grey oak dominates the lobby, library and conservatory, and handpicked antiques and original art help mix past and present.