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REVIEW: Andaz London Liverpool Street

REVIEW: Andaz London Liverpool Street

The (ANDAZ)RED Suite | Photo: Andaz London Liverpool Street

Any Londoner who settles East never tends to leave: daring and different, it’s better than all other points on the English capital’s compass combined – at least in this writer’s opinion.

Thus it’s to the zany, gigantic 267-room Andaz London Liverpool Street’s merit that it’s hard to imagine it working anywhere else.

That said, on the one hand, it’s quintessentially central London. This red brick Grade II-listed Victorian building is 134 years old; formally the Great Eastern Hotel, the architecture is meant to invoke the Houses of Parliament, and it does.

Indeed, it brings an imposing sense of grandeur and firmness to a pocket of London known for being ever-changing and unbearably busy. It also offers something different to look at compared to the skyscrapers of the The City’s skyscrapers that dominate the immediate vicinity.

Inside, features are similarly magnificent – think high ceilings, domed, corniced ceilings (even in the gym!) and massive staircases. But any fustiness as has long banished to make way for mind-bending modern art and vibrant interior design choices, echoing the tastes of arty locals as well as the graffiti-strewn streets of nearby Brick Lane and Shoreditch.

Even the informal friendly service and the self check in system feels fresh and contemporary (although I must admit, I struggled with the latter).

Rooms are tastefully decorated following a 2017 renovation; especially the hotel’s flagship (ANDAZ) RED Suite, with raises money for Bono and Bobby Shriver’s nonprofit (RED) to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa through the Global Fund.

Custom-designed by Sir Terrance Conran, the sprawling 900 square foot suite features statement furniture, acid brights and photography by Rankin showing mothers in Africa who have been helped by (RED).

The hotel is so huge, with so much going on, it can feel like a city within a city. Services on offer include a health club, a spa, a fitness center, a masonic chapel (that hosts yoga classes) and no less than seven drinking and dining options.

They start with the 1901 Breakfast Restaurant for a classic English breakfast, to the Eastway Brasserie for a mean bottomless brunch. Then, for delicate Japanese fare, try Miyako; the buzzing Rake’s Cafe Bar, meanwhile, has a huge cocktail and finger food selection, and the 1901 Wine Lounge is a quieter, more refined offering for a drink with a business contact.

Finally, the boisterous Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen has such a robust and individual identity that for years I didn’t even realise it was part of the hotel – you can access it from the crazily busy Liverpool Street, and clientele is a mix of alternative out of towners, local hipsters and suits from the City.

Therein, in a separate room, you’ll find the Lady A X Bulleit Parlour pop up bar. Here, until the until 30 November, you can get Bulliet Frontier Whiskey-infused drinks and nibbles, temporary tattoos, plus tattoo consultations (on certain dates) with a consultant. Why not?

Close by attractions to the hotel include the bustling Spitalfields market for tastefully-selected knick knacks from around the world, Brick Lane for cheap bagels and vintage shopping, the still trendy (just) Shoreditch for boutique shopping and a plethora of dining options and the inimitable Barbican arts complex.

For more information about the Andaz London Liverpool Street, visit the official website by clicking here.