Berkeley hotels

Three London hotels to book purely for interior inspiration

Laurel is on the roof at the Mondrian London Hotel in Shoreditch (Handout)

It’s all in the (design) details of these three London hotels.

Berkeley Café Birthday Cake

For: fresh cutlery

Legendary French pastry chef Cédric Grolet’s impeccable cakes and pastries may be prepared in a polished stainless steel and white stone pastry “laboratory”, but on a special anniversary they are best enjoyed in the chic Berkeley Café designed by Rémi Tessier – with a glass of rosé champagne, of course.

Particularly satisfying is the gold pastry knife specially created in France. The serrated blade looks like a steak knife but is actually specially designed to cleanly cut through crispy, buttery dough.

Honorable mention to cream bouclé upholstery, rattan dining chairs and small table lamps.

The Berkeley Café: Cream curly canapes are a highlight (Handout)

The Berkeley Café: Cream curly canapes are a highlight (Handout)

Cocktails at Side Hustle

For: Walls covered in leather

A bar and restaurant offering Mexican-inspired food in the former Bow Street Magistrates Court police station, now the Nomad London Hotel.

Designed by New York’s Roman and Williams, the bar has a 1920s American feel, with cocktails delivered in ivy-green and mahogany booths. Leather wall coverings add an alluring touch illuminated by warm blown glass hanging globes: the sultry stars of the show.

The warm blown glass hanging globes of Side Hustle (Simon Upton)

The warm blown glass hanging globes of Side Hustle (Simon Upton)

The rescue of Victorian buildings by EPR Architects has won a Riba London Award and is now in the running for the Riba Stirling Prize, the top gong in British architecture, to be announced in October.

Breakfast at Laurel’s on the Roof

For: pattern upon pattern

Just a few minutes’ walk from the City, but far from the vibe, the Goddard Littlefair-designed rooftop bar at Mondrian Shoreditch is where Hollywood hedonism meets East London chill.

Navy Blue and White Parkside Tiles at Laurel's on the Roof (Document)

Navy Blue and White Parkside Tiles at Laurel’s on the Roof (Document)

Navy and white tiles and striped banquettes sit alongside poolside lounge chairs for that laid-back Laurel Canyon style it references.

A real holiday hideaway above the city. Stays from £299 include rooftop breakfast, after noon the space becomes members-only.

Visit in September to see an inflatable bronze rocket installation by artist Jack Irving, created to celebrate the hotel’s first anniversary, as well as a display of Irving-designed outfits worn by Lady Gaga and Paris Hilton.

See a bronze inflatable rocket installation by Jack Irving at the hotel from Wednesday (Handout)

See a bronze inflatable rocket installation by Jack Irving at the hotel from Wednesday (Handout)