The latest addition to the skyline? Double-cantilevered, 42-floor skyscraper Manhattan Loft Gardens, designed by the same architects as the Burj Khalifa. It’s the latest project from hospitality king-maker Harry Handelsman (founder of celeb-magnet Chiltern Firehouse), who seeks to create a “vertical community” by integrating a five-star hotel, The Stratford, with 248 lavish serviced apartments and social “happenings”, from film screenings to yoga in three wildflower-filled “sky gardens”.
Scandinavian-style interiors by Space Copenhagen design agency maximise on light-flooded rooms. You’re not in central London now and it shows – there’s an abundance of space and light. Pastel pink and green furnishings you can sink into and incredible city views come as standard.
Not since the 2012 Olympics has London’s E20 postcode been so buzzed-about. With the V&A and Sadler’s Wells building outposts nearby, this is definitely an area on the up.
A fresh, young crowd of locals from Stratford’s newly built apartments checking out a new local or Londoners tempted out of zone one to try the hotel’s stellar restaurant offering.
The building’s restaurant teams have serious pedigree: Soho House alumnus Ben Harrington heads all-day dining at The Brasserie, while sister restaurant Allegra’s interiors are by the design duo behind NOMA.
Luxe loft-living for the rapidly gentrifying Olympic Park environs. Build it and they will come, Harry hopes.