WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: DEC 2016
Tis the season to be jolly (or merry, or maybe just plain drunk?) and most of you are probably in the bar or on the beach already. However, before we log off for 2016 there’s a final bit of important business to get through: our Christmas cohort of first-timers to the LE collective! This month’s sign-ups are standing up for contemporary creativity and coolness in London, NYC and Beijing – to join them, remember to apply for our few remaining spots via the links at the bottom of this post. Our Collective Rate deadline has already been brought forward to 17 February to reflect the level of demand, so move quickly (or at least, as quickly as you can after that next mince pie…). Merry Xmas, gorgeous!
NAME: Hari Hotel
LOCATION: London, UK
CAUSE: Weaving together the quintessentially British qualities of heritage, eccentricity and impeccable service
For those looking to channel their inner aristocratic, the newly-opened Hari Hotel in the suitably upper crust neighbourhood of Belgravia is the perfect place to hang your (bowler) hat – albeit with a few contemporary twists. This 85-bedroom boutique is a self-confessed meeting point for “cultural legacy and eccentric wit”, where you can just as easily kick back in the library and peruse a tome or kick start the party in The Garden Terrace, an oasis bar with a retractable roof. The traditional building gets a contemporary makeover with art from leading lights including Mario Testino and Tracey Emin, and fun elements like the PB&J French Toast from Pont St Restaurant add some relaxed flair to the five-star service. For the festive season, The Hari has collaborated with stylish stationary brand Papier to create origami-inspired Christmas windows, wreaths and baubles, including workshops for guests. We can’t wait to see how the next Hari in pipeline, The Hari Hong Kong in 2019, continues London’s stellar beginnings.
NAME: CHAO Hotel & Clubhouse
LOCATION: Beijing, China
CAUSE: Creating an exclusive yet inclusive space for workers and travellers to create as one community
An original concept ‘clubhouse hotel’, CHAO is both a members-only social club and an inclusive hotel aiming to build a bridge between Beijing creatives and global travellers. The property consists of a series of clever spaces designed to spark shared experiences and connections between like-minded people – so visitors and members can take their pick between the curated wine cellar, veranda for cigar enthusiasts, teahouse, library, rooftop garden, barbershop, cinema and ‘Chef’s Club’ (an open kitchen with dynamic seating). The Art Center, an on-site art and performance gallery, invites locals and travellers alike into the creative process with a pop-up retail and workshops programme and an artist residency programme where artists recreate their studios in front of an audience.
NAME: The Williamsburg Hotel
LOCATION: New York, USA
CAUSE: Adding to the flair of NYC’s Wythe Avenue with an F&B offering to loosen your belt for
This newest kid on the Brooklyn block was designed by the same firm behind Soho House Berlin, and with an enviable roster of effortlessly cool spaces on the horizon, The Williamsburg Hotel looks set to pick up the same easy, laidback charm and rival the nearby Wythe Hotel as an Instagram-worthy hangout. Its 150 guest rooms boast 10-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows for epic views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as music and video streaming from your smartphone and ‘pocket-worthy’ toiletries by Brooklyn-based Apotheke; but it’s the array of restaurants and bars that has us booking our next flight to the Big Apple. A restaurant, pop-up eatery, rooftop pool and several bars, including one inside a watertower atop the building, are set to open across 2017 – and if the success of head chef Adam Leonti’s temporary pop-up, Brooklyn Bread Lab, is anything to go by, filling those tables will be a cinch. If you do want to get out into the neighbourhood, however, free-to-borrow bikes and the world’s most adorable, ice cream-coloured Tuk Tuk are at your disposal.