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Andaz London Liverpool Street: When Victorian Past Meets Modernity

Florence Consul

Florence Consul

Tucked in the heart of the bustling British capital, Andaz London Liverpool Street embodies a perfect fusion of Victorian charm and modern design boldness. This architectural gem, strategically positioned to capture the city's pulse, offers a luxurious haven for both business travelers and urban explorers. Steps away from historical jewels such as the Tower of London and at the crossroads of traditional and trendy, this luxury hotel promises a full immersion into the diversity and dynamics of London.

A Strategic Location in the British Capital

The Andaz London Liverpool Street enjoys a privileged position in the heart of East London, strategically placed for exploring the city's historical and cultural attractions. This hotel is ideal for travelers looking to combine business in The City with leisure, thanks to its proximity to iconic sites like the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and St. Paul's Cathedral, all within walking distance. For night owls, Andaz London Liverpool Street is also close to Shoreditch, known for its lively evenings.

Located just steps from Liverpool Street station, the 5-star offers easy access to the four main subway lines, making travel to other essential areas of London convenient. A major advantage, its direct connections to Heathrow and Stansted airports make it a very convenient location for international visitors.

From Victorian Past to Contemporary Avant-Garde

Andaz London Liverpool Street embodies a captivating blend of Victorian architectural heritage and contemporary design, occupying a building that reflects its rich historical past while embracing modern artistic avant-garde. Initially built in 1884 as the Great Eastern Hotel to accommodate Victorian railway passengers, the hotel features an imposing red brick facade and interior spaces that narrate centuries of history. The splendid glass dome of its 1901 ballroom and the Masonic Temple with its checkered marble floor attest to its undeniable architectural appeal.

© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street

Thoroughly renovated by Sir Terence Conran in the late 1980s and relaunched by Hyatt under the Andaz brand in 2007, the hotel skillfully marries traditional elegance with modern flair. The decor ranges from the traditional paneled interiors of Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen to the decidedly modern aesthetic of the lobby, where contemporary artworks, jungle-patterned wallpapers, and swirling frescoes mingle with furniture in vibrant shades of metallic blue, orange, and burgundy. Elements such as velvet seating reminiscent of old train compartments and decorative rivets evoking vintage travel trunks reinforce the link to the building's railway era. Art also plays a central role, with works by the collective Le Gun and graffiti artist Otto Schade enriching the ambiance and telling the visual story of Andaz London Liverpool Street.

© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street

Sophisticated Design and Local Tributes in the 267 Rooms

The 267 rooms of Andaz London Liverpool Street, including 15 luxurious suites, offer a haven of peace with their modern residential design and generously sized spaces. The interior decoration of the rooms, more understated than that of the public spaces, favors a palette of grays, whites, and blacks, enhanced by subtle touches of red and orange as well as a few bold artworks that enliven the atmosphere. Subtle nods to London enrich the experience, with books and photographs evoking the city.

© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street

The light brown leather headboards, adorned with tattoo illustrations by local artist Sophie Mo, pay homage to the textile history of Shoreditch and the historical significance of the Thames to the area. These artistic motifs are even found in the bathrooms, adding a touch of local history. The textiles and carpets evoke the bespoke suits of professionals in the nearby City of London, and the 'jeans' fabric details around the beds recall the East London past.

I had the opportunity to stay in one of the King Bed rooms, a remarkably spacious 28 sqm space that offers a magnificent view of the city's historic facades. This haven of peace is equipped with an exceptionally comfortable king-size bed, ideal for resting after a day in the city. The room also features a cozy reading chair, a large desk conducive to work, and a modern bathroom. This latter, with its walk-in shower and black and white brick walls, offers an elegant setting.

Gourmet Mornings at Andaz: Hearty Buffet or À La Carte Options

At breakfast, guests can choose between two distinct culinary experiences. At Eastway Brasserie, a generously stocked buffet invites indulgence in a variety of tantalizing dishes. For a more personalized atmosphere, Rake’s Café offers an à la carte menu rich in options, ranging from a breakfast burger to coconut polenta porridge. During our visit, we opted for a basket of pastries, a fresh fruit salad, eggs benedict, and fluffy pancakes drizzled with maple syrup and accompanied by crispy bacon. To complete this morning feast, nothing beats a traditional Earl Grey tea and a glass of fresh orange juice. This refined and varied breakfast ensures a perfect start to the day, blending classic flavors with original touches.

Gastronomy and Ambiance, the Five Faces of Andaz

Located at the heart of the relentless bustle of Liverpool Street, Andaz London Liverpool Street shines with its diverse culinary offerings with five bars and restaurants, each with its distinct character. The vibrancy of one of the country's busiest stations is felt in these welcoming and warm spaces, perfect for City workers and entertainment enthusiasts.

At Rake’s Café Bar, the ambiance transitions from daytime café to nighttime bar, offering a complete experience from breakfast through late meals. The menu is as varied as the spaces: The Front Room offers a garden-influenced atmosphere, ideal for a relaxed brunch; The Parlour, a sophisticated lounge, provides a quieter break; and The Orgy Room, a private dining room for intimate events. The bar excels particularly in its signature cocktails, inspired by the eight paintings of William Hogarth that add an original touch to the menu.

© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street

We explored Rake’s Café Bar during a vibrant and lively dinner. The evening began with two expertly prepared drinks: a complex and robust cocktail called The Gamin House, a rich blend of bourbon, barolo, campari, and cognac, and a refreshing mocktail, a perfect balance of non-alcoholic flavors. On the culinary side, it was impossible to overlook the Rake's Hangover Burger made of ground beef, mushrooms, chipotle mayonnaise, fried egg, cheddar, bacon, caramelized onion, mustard, lettuce, and tomato. We also savored chicken and chorizo croquettes and crispy fried calamari. We concluded with a peach and cinnamon crème brûlée, a dessert that brilliantly capped our culinary experience with a subtle sweetness.

The Eastway Brasserie embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of Samuel East, a street food vendor turned restaurateur, by offering classic but refined British cuisine in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. For an immersion in Japanese culture, Miyako is the hotel's gem, offering an authentic menu of sushi, sashimi, and teriyaki, complemented by a carefully curated selection of sakes and Japanese beers. This small restaurant offers an exquisite culinary escape with dishes crafted by a chef who has charmed taste buds for a decade.

© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street

Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen stands out with its offer of classic and innovative pub cuisine in a contemporary setting filled with mystery. It's the ideal place to unwind after a busy day or to gather with friends for a sports evening, accompanied by a wide selection of beers, wines, and spirits. Lastly, the 1901 Wine Lounge attracts wine enthusiasts with its sophisticated tastings and afternoon teas, offering an elegant ambiance and a range of wines from established producers to lesser-known discoveries, thus celebrating the flavors and history of East End London.

© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street

A Complete Fitness Experience at the Health Club of Andaz

In the heart of the City of London, the Health Club of Andaz London Liverpool Street is an ultramodern fitness center equipped with top-of-the-line Life Fitness cardio machines. It is complemented by punching bags, free weights, and core stability machines. A specially designated stretching area allows for gentle preparation or recovery.

© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street

Guests can also relax in the steam room for a moment of relaxation after their session or refresh in the individual showers, equipped with all the necessary amenities before returning to the city. Access to the Health Club is offered free of charge to all hotel guests, and limited subscriptions are available for external visitors wishing to enjoy these excellent facilities.

A Mysterious Place for Unique Events

Perhaps one of London's best-kept secrets, the Masonic Temple is housed in the depths of the hotel and available for private hire. Hidden behind heavy studded doors and accessible via a spiral staircase and a spacious mahogany-paneled antechamber, it is the only original Masonic lodge in the City, built in 1912. This unique setting has been used for photo shoots, filmings, debates, presentations, and themed dinners.

© Andaz London Liverpool Street
© Andaz London Liverpool Street

My Review

My experience at Andaz London Liverpool Street was remarkable, combining luxury and history at the heart of London. The strategic location, close to historic sites and Shoreditch, is ideal for both business and tourism, while offering easy access to airports. The hotel finely blends Victorian architecture and contemporary design, creating an ambiance that is both refined and welcoming. The comfortable and perfectly equipped rooms are true havens of tranquility. The hotel's bars and restaurants, vibrant and frequented by both visitors and locals, add a social and dynamic dimension to the experience. I highly recommend this hotel for an authentically London experience.

I liked:

  • The historic building boasts a superb facade
  • The decoration of the rooms and public spaces captivates with its originality and contemporary elegance
  • The location is ideally central, right next to Liverpool Street station, greatly facilitating travel to London's various airports
  • I regretted:

  • The breakfast service at Rake’s Café could be optimized to reduce waiting times
  • Practical Information

  • King Bed room at a rate of 480€ in March 2024.
  • A big thank you to Andaz London Liverpool Street for the invitation to explore their establishment. Of course, I remain free in my statements in this article!

    Florence Consul

    About Florence Consul

    Editor of Experiences Luxe since 2015, I love discovering new exclusive and authentic experiences all over the world. I left my home country (France) 6 years ago to become a global citizen, traveling 365 days out of the year. I am a foodie person and I make a point of tasting local specialities.