Central London’s largest new-build hotel for 30 years, complete with a £500 000 ‘art street’, opens this week in Westminster with interiors by Proof. The latter’s work includes a giant lobby (seating area pictured left), a red glass bar called the Millbank Lounge, a ‘classic modern’ 250-cover restaurant City CafÃ© and a Sky Lounge (pictured right). The bar and restaurant aim to become destinations for Londoners, says Proof creative director David Morris. The restaurant is ‘less fashion-led and retro’ than some and features locally-influenced ‘Westminster’ touches, including dark stained oak and high quality leather stitching, Morris adds. An ‘art street’, which links Millbank and John Islip Street next to Tate Britain, offers al fresco dining and work by UK artist Susanna Heron.
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