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Hotel Review: The Standard London

The Standard Hotel in London is located opposite the majestic St Pancras Station and minutes from King’s Cross.

Recent major investments have transformed the area behind these stations from a nightclub area into a shopping and dining center. Today, there are probably more pubs than pubs, along with Nike and Carhartt WIP stores, as well as trendy hangouts like Dishoom and Porte Noire, Idris Elba’s restaurant and wine cellar.

Standard London

Why come here?

The company’s first hotel outside the US found its home in a block of classic Brutalist architecture; Built in 1974, gray concrete and abstract shapes are juxtaposed by an eye-catching bright red elevator shaped like a giant pill that sits outside the building.

After a careful refurbishment, the entire place feels like the 1970s imagining what 2022 might look like, combining mid-century style with luxury and modernity. Lobby has lots of wood, fun fireplace and Library based on concepts rather than themes (E.g. Chaos, Science or Adult Relationships) – a look at the building’s former life as Camden Council Library. The Standard hotels have a unique, stylish look that transports you to a much cooler world as soon as you step inside.

Standard has 266 rooms and suites

Once you’ve left the ground floor, the inside can feel a bit maze and enclosed (there are a few windows in the hallway). The designers took advantage of this and pulled visual cues from the London Underground into the mix – bold, dark patterned rugs in dominant crimson and blue are muted into the furniture and interiors. furniture in the room.

The hotel has 266 rooms and suites, ranging from their Cozy Core, set inside the building’s interior and windowless (for those who like to stay up all night and sleep all day?), to the tiered suites ladder with outdoor bathroom overlooking the London skyline. Our room faced Euston Street, with its large, winding windows, which both had great views and a bit of noise at night – but hey, this is London.

Decimo restaurant is located on the 10th floor of The Standard

Eating

Decimo, located on the 10th floor, is the star attraction for food and views. Accessible only via the aforementioned Red Pill lift, it offers 360-degree views of London with a number of glazed windows specially designed to offer a magnified view of the cityscape.

Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias built a fire shrine in an assassin dimension; It’s dimly lit, full of trees and fireplaces, and has great staff serving great food and drinks. This is a huge, huge hip joint and a great scene with trendy London kids – the tables were cleared and filled up right in front of our exit around 11 evening hours.

But you’re here to eat, aren’t you? Woodfire is the MO in the kitchen – we ate the signature red pepper tarts along with tortillas made with thin crisps, expertly seasoned grilled halibut, a fiery red Iberico pork chop and roasted leek ash with romesco sauce (crisps with aioli are a must-order).

The hotel has a great rooftop bar – you’ll want to visit in the summer, as it closes during the winter months as all but a few smokers get in the rain.

Double Standard restaurant and bar at The Standard London

A bit simpler is Double Standard, the hotel’s bar and restaurant serving killer burgers and bottomless brunches. Any menu that has pigs in the blanket year-round is a winner in our book. A third restaurant, Isla is the place to serve protein snacks/salads and natural wines.

A little further out, behind King’s Cross, Granary Square is full of great dining options – modern Indians in the form of Dishoom, Spanish in Barrafina Coal Drops Yard, flavors of Oz in the Caravan, Middle Eastern excellence from Arabica and a Mexican Premium Class in Casa and Plaza Pastor.

Standard's amazing rooftop has a great view

What

If you’re after a party scene, the hotel has its own DJ spot, Sounds Studio, who hosts the shows and live staging. The lounge area is one of those places where you can enjoy a 10am cocktail, somehow, thanks to the low light, the roaring fires and the upbeat tunes.

For a bit of culture, there are excellent museums nearby – the British Museum is a 15-minute walk away, while the lesser known Wellcome Collection, a center of science, medicine and the arts, located to the east, towards Euston Station.

Than Drops Yard, set up behind King’s Cross, has loads of great shops. If you fancy a hike (or a boat excursion), the Regent Canal is a great place for a stroll on a sunny day.

The Standard London, 10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG. Room rates start from £225 per night; standardhotels.com

https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/travel/955937/the-standard-london-hotel-review Hotel Review: The Standard London

Fry Electronics Team

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