Vintry and Mercer is a newly-minted, eco-conscious urban bolthole, and the latest injection of boutique chic into the Square Mile, hot on the heels of Soho House’s hotspot The Ned. Its name nods to two historic local guilds: merchants who traded in wine (aka Vintry) and in fine textiles (Mercer).
The colour palette had us in raptures – sumptuous shades of saffron, teal and burgundy which, alongside velvet headboards and old trading map wallpaper, give its 92 rooms a jewel box quality. London architects and interior designers Dexter Moren Associates went big on local references, greenery and standout artworks, like the stunning contemporary cherry-blossom stairwell chandelier. All the rooms are kitted with retro rotary telephones and Marshall speakers, while a private terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows looking onto the Southbank skyline make balcony suites especially alluring.
A storied backstreet in the centre of the Square Mile, where London’s ancient Roman origins lay beneath medieval churches, grand Neoclassical blocks and modern financier HQs. High-profile neighbours include St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England, while the cultural behemoths of Barbican, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Modern are all within a 15-minute walk.
The hotel is already proving magnetic for the area’s office workers. Underground speakeasy bar, Do Not Disturb is a sultry cocktail spot, while lobby brasserie Vintry Kitchen serves East Asian-inspired sharing plates (order the lobster tempura steamed buns and shiso octopus) plus wine on tap from the barrel. The hotel’s crowning glory is the light-flooded Mercer Roof Terrace, where a modern British menu meets the ultimate triumvirate of London views, including the gleaming tip of the Shard.
Suits and briefcases dominate during the week, given the concentration of legal and banking offices around here, making the rooftop terrace a draw on summer evenings. But there’s also a smattering of in-the-know tourist couples, who clocked Vintry & Mercer’s interiors on Insta and were further snared by its proximity to so many must-see London sights. More are sure to follow.
Heritage-infused, hyper-local hospitality lands in a corner of the city more synonymous with mega-chains’ corporate hotels.