The US hotel just threw open the doors to its new UK outpost with a wild party
Last night, legendary hotel The Standard threw open the doors to its new London outpost in King’s Cross. Naturally, it didn’t come quietly, throwing a huge party to mark its arrival on the scene. Was it fun? Yes. Are we still feeling slightly fragile? Also yes. Here’s what went down.
DEV HYNES PERFORMED
...on a baby grand piano in the hotel’s library lounge and with a little help from Ian Isiah no less. Not only did the singer cover Nina Simone’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, he also debuted a new track which he apparently wrote last month. The verdict? Obviously great. Also on the line-up was Dev's collaborator Eva Tolkin who performed some of her own songs.
SOME PRETTY FAMILIAR FACES SHOWED UP
THERE WERE BOOKS EVERYWHERE
...which made sense, given the Brutalist building the hotel has taken over was once a library. Across the Atlantic, The Standard is known not only for its wild party atmosphere but also for its diverse cultural calendar, with readings, talks, live music, and more all on the agenda in the capital. On the line-up in the coming months are the likes of Andrew Weatherall, who’ll be discussing music and the mind, The Standard’s legendary bingo night, and a conversation with NTS’s Nabihah Iqbal, who’ll also be bringing her podcast series to the hotel’s own recording studio.
THE STAFF WORE CRAIG GREEN (CASUAL)
The London designer was tasked with creating the new hotel’s staff uniforms, meaning if you’re in the hospitality business this is probably the place you need to be sending your CV. It doesn’t end there, though: Green has also created an exclusive dressing gown for those checking in (which is also available from The Standard’s online store).
GUESTS GOT THE CHANCE TO EXPLORE
Much of the action took place between the vast Double Standard Bar (where a pub quiz is taking place next week, apparently) and The Library Lounge, both of which are set to serve cocktails 24 hours a day. There was also a sneak peak at the hotel’s Sounds Studio and finally, for a lucky few, the chance to sample what will be on offer from in-house restaurant Isla. Doors open today – how do we make a booking?