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Hotel Reviews: Inside the NoMad London on Bow St

NoMad London has been hailed as the capital’s most exciting hotel opening for many years.

It is certainly one of the bravest, with so few tourists and when you consider the challenges – and the funding (over £ 50million has been spent on this project) – to transform what was the Bow Street courthouse and police station (Oscar Wilde was tried here for “gross indecency”) in the fanciest of hotels.

After New York, LA and Vegas, this first NoMad in Europe, with more than 90 rooms, is located directly opposite the Royal Opera House.

Bow Street Magistrates Court and Police Station have been converted into the NoMad London hotel

The inspector went to a 'classic' bedroom (pictured) and said he liked the 'weathered leather headboard' - but the space was far too small for even its offer price of £ 355

The inspector went to a ‘classic’ bedroom (pictured) and said he liked the ‘weathered leather headboard’ – but the space was far too small for even its offer price of £ 355

A photo of the

The bathroom, the inspector said, had “a touch of Hollywood glamor, with gold faucets, a huge walk-in shower” and the largest towels he had ever seen

Watching NoMad shift into high gear over the next few months will be fascinating, says the inspector.  In the photo, the great ballroom

Watching NoMad shift into high gear over the next few months will be fascinating, says the inspector. In the photo, the great ballroom

The story goes that several set designers on leave were commissioned to paint murals here and there, especially in the courtroom, which is now a terrific space for private events.

A neatly dressed doorman is stationed at the hotel entrance, but in due course he will certainly be joined by photographers eager to see who can afford to spend up to £ 455 per night on an entry room, or £ 2,450 for the Royal Opera Suite.

I’m paying £ 355 for a bed and breakfast as part of an opening deal, which also includes a few cocktails.

The atmosphere is dark and gloomy. I practically need a torch to navigate the deep green hallways. Only the suites overlook the ROH.

NoMad's main dining area is housed in a new veranda with inspired pendant lighting and plush banquettes

NoMad’s main dining area is housed in a new veranda with inspired pendant lighting and plush banquettes

A peek inside NoMad's Pub, Side Hustle, which serves Mexican-inspired drinks and appetizers

The inspector described the Nomad's Side Hustle pub as

A peek inside NoMad’s pub, Side Hustle, which serves Mexican-inspired drinks and appetizers. The inspector described him as “a sort of high end Nando with better guacamole and spicier prices”

The lavish marble-covered bar next to NoMad's conservatory-style main restaurant

The lavish marble-covered bar next to NoMad’s conservatory-style main restaurant

My “classic” room is far too small for the price and overlooks other rooms across a courtyard.

Its main feature is a laminated drinks cabinet containing the mini bar.

A miniature Plymouth Gin costs £ 16; it’s £ 120 for a bottle of Chablis.

I love the weathered leather headboard and the bathroom has a touch of Hollywood glamor, with gold faucets, a huge walk-in shower (only some suites have a tub), and the biggest towels I have ever seen. have never seen it.

Art is big business at NoMad. There are over 1600 pieces in total. Caroline Denervaud’s abstracts – created by tracing her dance movements on canvas – are everywhere.

The one in my bedroom is no different from his extensive work on the stairs that lead to the main dining room, housed in a new veranda with inspired pendant lighting and lavish banquettes.

The Royal Opera Suite at NoMad, pictured, has a claw-foot bedside tub - and costs from £ 2,450

The Royal Opera Suite at NoMad, pictured, has a claw-foot bedside tub – and costs from £ 2,450

The library reserved for hotel guests, where drinks are sipped on sofas and red velvet armchairs

The library reserved for hotel guests, where drinks are sipped on sofas and red velvet armchairs

There are over 1,600 works of art around NoMad London.  The inspector discovered that Caroline Denervaud's summaries - created by tracing her dance movements on canvas - were

There are over 1,600 works of art around NoMad London. The inspector discovered that Caroline Denervaud’s summaries – created by tracing her dance movements on canvas – were “everywhere”

The library, which serves drinks, is for hotel guests only, the room is divided by bookcases, with sofas and red velvet armchairs – but I’m surprised my gin and tonic comes in a tall glass boring just like you’d get nearby at the Bow Street Tavern.

It’s another case next door in NoMad’s Side Hustle pub where everyone is screaming for their voice.

Maybe it’s a post-containment din, such a happy racket to see you again.

The food and drink menu here is Mexican – sort of upscale Nando with better guacamole and spicier prices.

Breakfast is served in the library. Everything is calm, the service is impeccable.

Watching NoMad shift into high gear over the next few months will be fascinating. Those lucky enough to be detained in this former police station are the lucky ones.

TRAVEL FACTS

NoMad London is located at 28 Bow St, London, WC2E 7AW. To book, call 020 3906 1600 or visit thenomadhotel.com. Rooms start at £ 455 excluding breakfast, £ 480 including breakfast.

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