London

London Content

London Summary

Start Searching

15 May

Association of Regional Urban Designers hosted by Urban and Civic

Open and free for: members of the public - media - students - built environment professionals in the

5:30PM
16 May

Ninebarrow

11:30PM
19 May
23 May

Lag B'Omer

Jewish people observe Lag BaOmer on the 18th day of the month of Iyar in the Jewish calendar.

5:30AM
26 May

Nicholas Martin, Concert Organist

Nicholas Martin returns to Lilbourne Village Hall again this year with his electronic organ to give

12:00AM
View

City Hall

View

City Hall

Chelsea

Known for its affluent residents and the posh shops and restaurants that cater to them

Shoreditch

Buzzy east London 'hood packed full of hipster coffee shops, cool bars, and vintage shops and markets

Featured

Mayfair

Mayfair

Westminster

Westminster

Featured

29 July

find the right job post

Job post

find the right job post

Job

find the right job

News Item 1

News Item 1 description

Movies

London movies listings

29 July

post content

Post Real Estate

post content

Real Estate

Buy or rent

NEWS

These Brand New Double-Deckers Are Coming To London... And They Run Entirely Off Hydrogen

A new fleet of double-deckers will soon be on London's roads — and they'll run entirely off hydrogen. 20 of the world's first hydrogen-only buses will appear on the 245, 7 and N7 bus routes sometime in 2020, TfL has announced.

The zero-emission vehicles — made by Wrightbus in Northern Ireland — come as part of TfL and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan's plans to dramatically reduce London's carbon footprint, ultimately turning its roads zero-emission altogether.

Said Khan:

"We all have a role to play in cleaning up London’s toxic air and I've always said that TfL should lead from the front. We are investing a record £85m in cleaning up our bus fleet, and I am proud that London now has the largest zero-emission bus fleet in Europe."

The buses also promise a quieter, smoother ride than current fleets of London buses. USB charging points will be installed too.

In 2017, Khan axed the new Routemasters, brought in by Boris Johnson, after concerns that they were overly expensive and environmentally inefficient.

The Standard completes new hotel in London

The Standard's first UK hotel opens this summer, featuring colourful interiors designed by Shawn Hausman  to contrast "the greyness of London".

Occupying the former Camden town hall in King's CrossThe Standard is designed by studio Shawn Hausman Design with brightly-hued guest rooms and communal spaces that have an "element of lightheartedness".

Opening its doors to the public this July, the hotel will have 266 rooms, a bar, recording studio, and three restaurants – one of which is on the building's roof and overlooks the surrounding cityscape.

"What I've found with designing the various Standards is that each project is completely unique because of the location, the building," Shawn Hausman, founder of the studio, told Dezeen.

"The thing that's consistent is the spirit and keeping the 'wit' [of The Standard brand]. It's finding the right blend of relaxed sophistication, something that's accessible and not pretentious."

This is the sixth hotel to become part of The Standard chain, joining branches in New York's Meatpacking District and East Village, Miami Beach, downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, all with interiors developed by Shaun Hausman Design.

For the first UK outpost, the studio was given creative free reign by the hotel's CEO Amar Lalvani, and opted to work with a much bolder colour scheme.

"I would say with this property we were a bit more colourful than usual, and I think part of that is acting in contrast to the brutalist building that the hotel's in and the greyness of London," explained Hausman.

"It was about setting those main colours, and then playing off what we'd call a disruptor, something that's a little off."

The guest rooms have been decked out with flecked cobalt-blue carpet, while cushioned window seats and ottomans are upholstered in plum-coloured fabric.

Bright red wardrobes have been finished with recessed semi-circular handles and curved door frames, a visual nod to the rounded form of the windows that punctuate the building's facade.

Some of the rooms that are situated at the building's core and have no access to natural light, so have been fitted with special faux blinds that seem to have daylight shining through from behind.

"It was a fun challenge to exceed expectations on those [rooms] – we drew a lot of inspiration from the early 1970s when there was a richer sort of like apocalyptic and underground living and people's alternate ways of perceiving the future," said Hausman.

Adjoining bathrooms feature stripy black-and-pink tiled walls, while fixtures like the tap faucets and perforated under-sink storage shelves have been completed in contrasting mint green.

Some suites will also have their own terraces, complete with outdoor bathtubs that overlook the nearby St Pancras train station.

Downstairs on the ground floor – which formerly played host to a public library – the reception area has a tiled turquoise feature wall by ceramics artist Lubna Chowdhary, printed with dark blue and blood-red circles. A grooved timber service counter sits directly in front.

"We tried to take over in a friendly way – keeping the library's essence, but almost as if California rebels had taken over a government building and made it more free-spirited," Hausman explained.

"My background is in film; creating a fictitious room or set based on these characters and their history. I try and do that [in hotels] to create depth in what we're designing, so it's not just materials and objects there for no reason – it gives a connecting thread to everything."

The Standard is one of several other hospitality projects that have popped up across King's Cross as part of its long-term redevelopment – this includes the Heatherwick Studio-designed shopping centre Coal Drops Yard, and Tom Dixon's restaurant The Coal Office.

However, Hausman took little design inspiration from the neighbourhood's most recent additions.

"In a sense, we looked more at the past King's Cross and the seediness of the area – all these one-hour hotels that were still there and are slowly been redone. The Standard is a brand that likes to be a bit naughty, and not be appalled by those things," he added.

"If anything we were trying to be part of the old King's Cross."