Charles Prince

NoMad London

  • Where:
  • Why:Playcation
  • When:June 2021
  • Who:Myself
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NoMad London Ready to live that NoMad life

Ready to live that NoMad life

NoMad London People born after 1995 might struggle ordering room service (instructions available upon request)

People born after 1995 might struggle ordering room service (instructions available upon request)

NoMad London Gorgeous walk-in shower, I especially loved the extra thick towels

Gorgeous walk-in shower, I especially loved the extra thick towels

NoMad London The Parlour Suite

The Parlour Suite

NoMad London Hotel room art

Hotel room art

NoMad London Prepping for my DJ set in style — might be hard to get up from this couch

Prepping for my DJ set in style — might be hard to get up from this couch

NoMad London There are plenty of little nooks such as this one just by the elevator; it feels like a continuation of the room, which adds familiarity and coziness

There are plenty of little nooks such as this one just by the elevator; it feels like a continuation of the room, which adds familiarity and coziness

NoMad London One of the bars is located in the library where they serve breakfast, as well as light meals throughout the day. It's also the perfect place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink or herbal tea

One of the bars is located in the library where they serve breakfast, as well as light meals throughout the day. It's also the perfect place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink or herbal tea

NoMad London The library is organized by theme — music, art, architecture — and even comes with a little map to direct you to the section you are interested in

The library is organized by theme — music, art, architecture — and even comes with a little map to direct you to the section you are interested in

NoMad London The attention to detail is apparent even in the least likely places — I love these hues and tones

The attention to detail is apparent even in the least likely places — I love these hues and tones

NoMad London The signature restaurant is located under the imposing glass ceiling which is the central feature of the hotel. Airy, flowy and bright, it feels like being outdoors — as the evening progresses, the mood subtly shifts to intimate lighting

The signature restaurant is located under the imposing glass ceiling which is the central feature of the hotel. Airy, flowy and bright, it feels like being outdoors — as the evening progresses, the mood subtly shifts to intimate lighting

NoMad London Flavor-bursting king crab tagliatelle

Flavor-bursting king crab tagliatelle

NoMad London Despite the main restaurant being open, there is also a more intimate section with opulent booths and a fireplace

Despite the main restaurant being open, there is also a more intimate section with opulent booths and a fireplace

NoMad London There are three bars where bar staff clad in leather aprons serve elaborate cocktails in outrageously thin-stemmed glasses

There are three bars where bar staff clad in leather aprons serve elaborate cocktails in outrageously thin-stemmed glasses

NoMad London When the bed is that comfortable, it's a breakfast in bed situation

When the bed is that comfortable, it's a breakfast in bed situation

NoMad London The gym has everything you need!

The gym has everything you need!

NoMad London I love the abundance of light and luscious plants from the moment you step into the lobby

I love the abundance of light and luscious plants from the moment you step into the lobby

NoMad London The old police station entrance is now the entrance to the main hotel bar aptly called Side Hustle

The old police station entrance is now the entrance to the main hotel bar aptly called Side Hustle

Highs & Lows

  • The heritage of the building — many historical figures such as the Kray Twins and Oscar Wilde were famously booked here. Some of the old police station's features have been preserved in the hallways and even some rooms.

  • The food is excellent!! Run by Chef Ashley Abodeely, the menu is "eclectic, with a focus on local and regional bounty from farm, field and coast." I absolutely loved the roasted cauliflower with figs and vadouvan; and the king crab tagliatelle was one of the best I've ever had.

  • The design! Love the thinking process and continuity between the communal parts and the room. The colors and tones echo throughout the entire space giving a sense of familiarity and hominess.

  • The attention to detail is prevalent. Whether it is the design, the service, or the cuisine, everything is on point!

  • There are three restaurants, each with their own distinctive vibe and atmosphere.

  • The imposing glass ceiling atrium is the highlight of the space. It allows the main restaurant to bask in natural light while the many plants and vines make it feel like an open garden. A real gem in the middle of London.

  • There is no swimming pool.

  • Such amazing comfort and indulgence comes at a steep price. The value per square foot is definitely on the higher end of the scale.

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Historic Hotel

  • Vibe

    Traditional London elegance meets ultimate comfort

  • Location

    Located on a quiet stretch of Covent Garden in Central London, in the old Bow Street Magistrates' Court and police station

  • Rooms

    91

  • Arrival Experience

    Personal and attentive. The ever so smiling staff is professional but have this incredibly welcoming and relaxed aura about themselves. After a very swift check in, I was escorted to my room by the same person who checked me in. The experience felt much closer to being welcomed by a friend than a hotel clerk

  • Future Forward

    -

  • Music

    Discrete and contemporary. Loved the playlist — mostly jazzy and mellow indie hip-hop. As someone who lives with music, I appreciate not being overwhelmed by it, the volume and vibe were just right

  • Year Opened

    2021

  • Designed By

    New York-based Roman and Williams

  • Health & Wellness

    They have a fitness and workout room and a spa

  • Food

    Three restaurants all overseen by Ashley Abodeely. The NoMad is the signature restaurant and is high-end. The Side Hustle is more casual and has a south Cal-Mex menu. The Library serves breakfast and light meals throughout the day until the evening

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Each restaurant has its own bar. I was also shown a bar that was still under construction which would cater more to night-owls — with a DJ and available for private hire. Outside, Central London’s incredible night scene with SoHo’s super vibrant bars and Mayfair’s exclusive night clubs are just a few steps away, but far enough that you don’t have the messy Leicester Square crowd on your doorstep

  • Minibar & Retail

    The rooms have a lovely stocked bar and coffee machine

  • Accessibility

    Some rooms and most common areas are wheelchair accessible

  • Pet Friendly

    Pets are allowed with prior agreement from management. Animals are restricted to bedrooms and dogs are also allowed in the guest-only library and are not permitted in any public area

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

    Prices per night range from $700 - $3,500

  • Tel.

    +44 20 3906 1600

  • Website

    Visit website

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