Inhabit Hotels‘ second London hotel is slated to open early 2022 in Bayswater, W2.
Set across a crescent of mid-19th Century townhouses on a tree-lined square near Lancaster Gate, Inhabit Queen’s Gardens is an intimate boutique hotel comprised of considered social spaces and 159 uplifting guest rooms.
The hotel centres on a passion for wellbeing and living in a way that supports a healthy mind and body, as well as modelling responsible hospitality practices.
The public areas include a 70-cover plant-heavy-menu restaurant and bar, comfortable lounge areas for socialising and working, and a noise-free library stocked with thought-provoking reads spanning wellness, meditation, social enterprise, holistic health, contemporary art, philosophy, local London and nature. A subterranean wellness area provides treatment rooms, a fitness suite and yoga studio.
Mindfully designed for the modern traveller, everything at this new hotel has been considered with a genuine commitment to environmental initiatives and meaningful community partnerships. The hotel has pledged to work with 100 social enterprises and small, socially-conscious businesses.
Holland Harvey Architects, Caitlin Henderson Design and art curator, Culture A, have collaborated with Inhabit Hotels to create the tranquil new space. Its soothing style blends contemporary Scandi inspiration and Eastern philosophical awareness with quintessential British design.
Inhabit showcases the ingenuity and creativity of craftspeople, working with more than 30 makers and artists to create Inhabit Queen’s Gardens. Goldfinger, an award-winning social enterprise demonstrating that high end design can and should be people and planet positive, has produced bespoke joinery for the hotel throughout the public areas and guest rooms.
Somerset House Studios and Makerversity offer artworks by emerging and established artists to complement and enhance the meditative mood. For visitors and guests inspiration awaits in works by artists such as AnneMette Beck, whose multi-textural art installation welcomes guests as it plays along the wall at reception.
Hugo Dalton’s dynamic light drawings nudge visitors to consider nature from a new perspective. Freya Bramble Carter’s bespoke tactile ceramics are installed throughout the guest rooms. Social-impacting soft furnishings include Myanmar’s Kalinko Homewares and Studio 306 cushions from Aerende, made by people recovering from and living with mental health illness. “It’s an exciting challenge opening a fully meat-free hotel in London. We’ve researched and developed a menu focussed on the quality of our produce, as well as the importance of sustainable dishes and practices. Ultimately, we let the produce do the talking.”
Inhabit supports local social enterprises who share a passion for wellness and commitment to sustainability. The new hotel’s community of collaborators includes Self Care Co., Goldfinger, Be For Change, Globechain, Saira Hospitality, Belu Water, Con-Serve, Who Gives a Crap, IQAir and many more.