nhow London Review: Relax in one of the capital’s most artistic hotels

    nhow London Review: Relax in one of the capital's most artistic hotels

    Easy walk from Old Street or Angel stations, four star nhow hotel lives up to its reputation as one of the most artistic hotels in London.

    It’s one of eight nhow (pronounced with a silent N) hotels across Europe, and they’ve developed a reputation for being trendy and eclectic in their design.

    And it’s no different from the London offering, which feels right at home in its location on the outskirts of trendy Shoreditch.


    First impressions

    Once inside, an atmosphere of vibrant industry is mixed with whimsical, bright colors. The ground floor is open and industrial, with exposed pipes running along the ceiling.

    This is offset by bright yellow and green accents and furnishings, such as a circular bar with bright yellow panels that takes the stage next to a large statue of Big Ben that takes off like a rocket.

    My wife and I arrived at nHow on a Friday night, tired after a hard week at work and sweaty from lugging an overnight bag around London all day.

    This is local London: a colorful lobby Colorful lobby (Image: nhow Hotels)

    What was amazing was that, despite the exterior decor, I felt very relaxed from the moment I arrived. At no point did I feel judged for my slightly disheveled appearance, and the staff were on hand to help in any way they could.

    If you’re hoping to avoid a cramped or formal atmosphere, nhow is the complete opposite.

    One of the advantages of the hotel is its willingness to serve dogs. Basically, they’re offering an afternoon tea just for man’s best friend that includes frozen peanut butter and a “pupuccino.”

    Alas, we’re more of a feline couple, so we weren’t able to experience it.


    After taking the elevator and walking down a long hallway with a bright red carpet that felt like I was in a horror movie, I arrived at the room.

    nhow offers a simple selection of rooms, from ‘superior’ to ‘premium suites’, as well as suites and penthouse suites.

    This is local London: a slightly creepy corridor A little creepy corridor (Image: nhow Hotels)

    I stayed in a royal suite with a massive king size bed, two large flat screen TVs and decorated with edited images of various historical monarchs.

    We were welcomed to the room with a bottle or red wine and I quickly jumped into one of the largest bathtubs I have ever been in.

    The windows go from floor to ceiling on almost the entire side of the room. Pulling back the curtain, I was able to get a great people-watching position from the bath with my fine wine – a great way to rewind after a long, hard week.

    This is local London: the suite's large windows offer excellent people-watching opportunitiesThe room’s large windows offer excellent people-watching opportunities (Image: nhow Hotels)

    Food and drinks

    The restaurant at nhow is located on the ground floor and maintains the same casual atmosphere I experienced during my visit.

    Despite​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​open-plan, a lot of care has gone into the design of the design to provide enough soft furnishings to absorb the sound of the dining room, which can sometimes happen.

    The menu is varied, so there is something for everyone. I had a very tender steak and triple cooked chips followed by a dark chocolate cake which was deliciously rich.

    My wife chose the quinoa salad with grilled salmon, which got the thumbs up, and I was happy to help her finish the dessert of ice cream and sorbet.

    This is local London: A wonderful breakfast, including perfectly seasoned mushroomsLovely breakfast including perfectly seasoned mushrooms (Image: Simon Murfitt)

    We had to leave early the next morning so asked for breakfast to be delivered to our room which the staff were happy to oblige.

    We enjoyed an impeccable full English with particularly well-seasoned mushrooms, along with poached eggs, croissants and fruit salad.

    We arrived at nhow feeling tired from a hard week, but left refreshed and full of energy for another busy day in the capital. And you can’t ask for more than that.

    Rooms at nhow are available from around £250 per night and can be booked online here.


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