Opened in 1997, ‘the Met’, as it became known, was among the capital’s first hotels to embrace a completely contemporary aesthetic, when Keith Hobbs of United Designers stripped back the non-essential elements of a traditional English hotel room to create something relevant to the Brit-pack, Brit-pop and Brit-art generation. These loyal guests, many of whom remain regular visitors, embraced the Met’s bold identity while the paparazzi lurked outside waiting for scandal.
But just as the guest evolves, so do hotels in a dynamic capital like London. In September 2015, a full top-to-toe redesign of the hotel was completed. Linzi Coppick of Forme UK, London, who previously worked with Hobbs, has introduced fresh palettes of natural hues and textures. This includes the use of American walnut, sycamore, pale and dark timbers in all 144 rooms. She has also introduced intricate fretwork inspired by the organic forms that define nearby Hyde Park. Contemporary sun-soaked whites are uplifted with accents of vibrant yellow.
In each of the 144 rooms, suites and 19 long-stay apartments, the luxurious King size beds appear to float on timber bases, with the crisp white 400-thread count linen offset by barley-coloured headboards placed within a dark timber frame. The oversized window seats upholstered in mocha chenille create extremely comfortable chaise-like pieces where one can relax with views of Hyde Park.
The Met Bar, which opened up to non-members in 2011, is a leading London bar for cocktails and offers mixologist masterclasses. The hotel also features Nobu, the famous and popular Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant led by renowned chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, the hotel's luxury spa, focuses on the best possible treatments in a sleek, minimalist interior that comprises 6 treatment rooms, private steam facilities and a gym.