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Nine Elms, wedged between Vauxhall and Clapham and one of the largest regeneration projects in London, is growing steadily. With Battersea Power Station and the new American Embassy at its heart, the next few years will bring thousands of new homes (with tiny studios naturally commanding a whopping £500,000), restaurants, bars, and, as you’d expect, hotels.

art'otel battersea power station rooftop pool
art’otel battersea power station rooftop pool

Come 2019, that will include the art’otel london battersea power station (yes, all lower case), a 160+ bedroom hotel from art’otels in a Foster + Partners-designed building. Reminiscent of the Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore, the roof will have an outdoor pool and bar with the chimneys of the power station framing the views of the city. The entire building will have a rooftop garden designed by the people behind the New York High Line.

art'otel battersea power station restaurant
art’otel battersea power station restaurant

This is an impression of the restaurant and bar underneath that pool. With its focus on art, the hotel’s public spaces downstairs will be a public gallery with rotating exhibitions, and ‘cultural and artistic events’. Renderings and details of the hotel rooms are yet to come.

While 2019 is a long way away, the Battersea hotel is still listed as ‘expected to be the first art’otel in London’. That wasn’t the original plan though, with an art’otel scheduled for Hoxton as far back as 2013. At the intersection of Great Eastern, Rivington, and Old Street, the original design called for an 18-story building with 350 rooms wrapped in a rain screen skin, ‘inspired by the punch cards used in the textile industry that were historically located in the area’. That would have been something like this.

art'otel hoxton - the old design
art’otel hoxton – the old design

We always struggled to picture it on the corner plot diagonally across from The Hoxton Shoreditch. So did many locals: protests slowed down plans to the extent that no completion date was ever formally attached to the hotel.

art'otel hoxton - the new design
art’otel hoxton – the new design

Oddly, the text on the art’otel hoxton page is still the same as before, but the renderings have been updated with a new, 22-story building with slightly more conservative design.

art'otel hoxton - site plan
art’otel hoxton – site plan

This rendering from the scheme’s planning application shows how the hotel fits onto the small site. Perhaps 2019 will see two art’otels in one year?

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Paul J DeVries
Paul J DeVries is a freelance travel writer and was previously a contributing editor for Based in London, he knows the city's hotel scene inside out, while also covering the latest in destinations around the world. When not checking out a new hotel, he checks in on the airlines and inflight products that get you there.

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