London’s K West Hotel & Spa goes back to rock ‘n’ roll roots
Bowie, Madonna, Iggy Pop – some of the greatest music icons are masters of reinvention…. so K West Hotel & Spa has decided to follow suit. The hotel has recently undergone a dramatic interior refurbishment designed to reflect its rich music heritage and history of musicians playing and staying at the London hotel.
Formerly the BBC Building Kensington House in the 60s, an endless list of rock ‘n’ roll royalty has stayed, played and misbehaved at K West – Bob Marley and the Wailers, Bowie, The Kinks and Roxy Music to name a few. Since becoming a hotel, the venue has continued to strike a chord with musicians, who often stay whilst playing at nearby music venues O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and the Apollo.
The 219-bedroom hotel’s redecoration encompasses the new two floor studio bar & kitchen, and multifunctional library room, which pays tribute to the music heritage and golden age of rock ‘n’ roll through bold artwork and bookshelves filled with books on iconic musicians and rock bands.
On the ground floor by the entrance, the studio bar has been given a moody, music-infused atmosphere come the evenings. Industrial style pendant lamps hang low over raised tables, and textured silver wallpaper by Dixon & Turner gives the bar a modern edge.
By day, studio bar is a light and airy space for creative media meetings over coffees and laptops. A ‘geek hub’ laptop bar with complimentary iMacs for guests to use can be found tucked into a snug area around the corner from the bar.
On the mezzanine floor above the bar, the studio kitchen has been transformed into an informal eatery with an urban New York vibe. Edgy city landscape sketches stretch along the walls, mirrored by a quirky wave of banquet seating hugging the back of the room.
K West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way, London W14 0AX, England, k-west.co.uk
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