Edward Middleton Barry, Charles Barry, Jr., 1884
Andaz London, 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN
A concept by Hyatt, Andaz London exuberates history since the 1200's veiled by the new-age decor and a buzzing London neighborhood. Step in and explore, as Ryan takes you around for an open house!
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Andaz London Liverpool Street is a 5 star hotel in central London, situated immediately south of Liverpool Street station, originally built as the Great Eastern Hotel in 1884. The building underwent extensive renovation and expansion between 1899 and 1901and again in 2000, when it was co-owned by Terence Conran. Hyatt has owned the hotel since 2006, operating it under the Andaz brand.
The hotel has been listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England since March 1993.
The Victorian building that houses the hotel is built on the site of England's first hospital for the mentally ill, the Bethlehem Royal Hospital, which opened in 1247 and became known as 'Bedlam'.The hotel was designed by the brothers Charles Barry, Jr. and Edward Middleton Barry. It was built by Lucas Brothers and completed in 1884.
An additional section, the Abercorn Rooms, was added a decade later by Robert William Edis.The hotel's clientele included business people who could avoid City traffic by staying near the railway station. By 1908 the hotel was operating as the Liverpool Street Hotel and produced postcards advertising its proximity to the London Underground. A daily supply of fresh sea water for bathing was brought in by train.The building is notable also for its inclusion of two Masonic Temples—an Egyptian temple in the basement and a Grecian temple on the first floor. Caledonian Lodge No 134, an English lodge for Scottish Masons in London, met at the Great Eastern from 1920 to 1947.
By the second half of the twentieth century the hotel was due for refurbishment and, following the redesign and improvement of the railway station in the 1980s, it was expected that an investor would be found to accomplish a similar task with the adjacent hotel. The Manser Practice, which had already achieved success with the planning and construction of a Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand hotel on the south side of London Heathrow Airport,was awarded the refurbishment contract in 1996.A new lobby was created by removing several existing guest rooms, and the capacity was increased to 267 rooms by reusing attic space. The Manser design was informed by the practice of daylighting, realised by providing lightwells in the ceiling of the lobby and in the main dining room and by providing as many views of London as possible in the bedrooms.
Since 2006 the hotel has been owned by Hyatt, which operates it as Andaz London Liverpool Street, a 5 star lifestyle hotel.
The building, including the Abercorn Rooms, is of red brick with stucco and stone ground floor and mildly classical style dressings.Of the 267 rooms, 15 are suites. Seven bars and restaurants are available on the property, as well as a fitness centre and steam room.
The Great Eastern is where vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing stays during his first visit to London in Bram Stoker's Gothic fiction horror novel Dracula.The narrator of W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz meets the titular character in the bar of the Great Eastern after a twenty-year separation; Austerlitz recounts details of the building including the Grecian temple.
Andaz London: 5-star luxury, but not as you know it
Located at the gateway into Shoreditch, Andaz London Liverpool Street is one of the leading hotels in the city of London, conveniently located for both locals and those visiting this dynamic neighbourhood.
A concept by Hyatt, Andaz London is a five-star luxury hotel that has been welcoming guests through its doors for nearly 15 years.
Global in scale while local in perspective, the hotel
immerses guests in the everchanging, vibrant and creative culture of East London, so they feel like a local from the moment they begin their journey at the hotel, offering 5-star luxury but with an Andaz twist.
Andaz London is conveniently situated just a stone's throw from Liverpool Street Station, making it the ideal location for travelling around the city. However, the hotel itself has much to offer, from uniquely decorated rooms to exciting brunches and luxury afternoon teas.
The feature wall by the front desk is by a local art collective called Le Gun, and the Rhino is work by famous local graffiti artist Otto Schade; the original art is in Shoreditch and it was
replicated in the Andaz London lobby.
You can also see the influence of the building’s train days throughout. From the plush velvet seating, similar to those in an old train car, to the rivets in the desk, reminiscent of the vintage travel trunks.
The hotel has 267 spacious and modern guest rooms, including 15 suites. The rooms capture the hotel’s location, history and heritage: spaces where the traditionally conservative City of London meets the ever-evolving vibrant and artistic East London. The decor is minimalist with
pops of colour and creativity.
The accompanying luxury bathrooms are well equipped with everything one would need for their stay. The rooms’ large, cozy beds offer the comfort needed for an excellent night's sleep.
Dining and Drinking
Rake’s Café Bar
Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen
1901 Wine Lounge
Andaz London Liverpool Street
40 Liverpool St, London,
historical house, livery hall
Coopers' Hall is a late 17th century, timber-framed merchant's house with a Georgian frontage. A Livery Hall since 1957, it features a fine Courtoom, dining room and an impressive staircase spiralling up the entire height of the building.
Nicholas Barbon, 1690
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Nicholas Hawksmoor, 1729
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Livery Hall first built in 1429, much altered then demolished and rebuilt in 1880, destroyed in 1941 except for external walls (W W Pocock). Designed as a showpiece for the craft of carpentry, the third Hall on the site.
William Wilmer Pocock, Clifford Wearden, Herbert Austen Hall, 1956
The award-winning Leadenhall Building was designed by international architects RSHP in 2014. L14 became the practice's headquarters in 2015. The Studio is a completely open plan office, reflecting the democratic beliefs of the practice.
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