Led by RPW Design, one of the world’s leading hospitality interior design practices, the London Marriott Hotel County Hall recently re-opened following a multi-million pound transformation of its accommodation and public spaces. The redesigned interiors perfectly combine contemporary hotel design and luxurious functionality. As well as drawing upon the heritage of the building, and the decorative architectural components designed by the building’s original architect, Ralph Knott.
When the County Hall first opened as the headquarters of the local government in 1922, The Noes Lobby was used as the place of adjournment for Council Chamber members voting against a government proposal, whilst those who voted yes would adjourn in the Ayes Lobby. This system is still in use and reflects the voting procedures that take place in Westminster today.
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Inspired by this history, the RPW Design team especially designed the oval-shaped bar and arranged the surrounding plush furnishings to ensure the lobby would remain a vibrant hub for social meetings and gatherings. Two statement fireplaces of black Belgian marble stand on both sides, and pannelled walls in polished Indian laurel wood preserve the historical feel of the Council Chamber of County Hall. In order to create a connection between the past and present, modern fabrics and furnishings, including a ribbed glass, metal and faux leather finish of the central bar were used to stylishly update the interior whilst complementing history.
The intimate space of the lobby seamlessly showcases the meticulous redesign by RPW Design, and provides the perfect combination between preserved heritage and a warm ambience through up-lighting and the restored Grade II listed chandeliers. The multifaceted bar serves tea, coffee and pastries in the morning, and champagne and signature cocktails from the afternoon into the late evening.
The London Marriott Hotel County Hall is situated just minutes away from Westminster Bridge in the heart of London, with the Noes Lobby leading off the entrance to the hotel. The hotel’s exceptional design means it now offers guests some of the most spacious rooms in London with incredible riverside views overlooking Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.