by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 12, 2019
A long-standing favorite meeting and incentive destination for U.S. groups, London will add more than 2,000 upscale hotel rooms to its inventory in the next 12 months. Following is a roundup of what's new and next in London accommodations.
 
The Dixon Autograph Collection (opened January 2019)
Occupying a building that once served as the Tower Bridge Magistrates Court, the Dixon, part of Marriott's independent Autograph Collection, has 193 guest rooms and a restaurant; all feature an eclectic design aesthetic and boutique vibe perfect for informal networking. 
 
The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London (reopening April 2019).
Following an extensive renovation, this iconic 181-room property will debut its new guest rooms and suites, including two newly created penthouse suites, updated by designer Joyce Wang. Another top designer, Adam D. Tihany, has overseen the revamp of the spa, which offers 13 individual treatments rooms, an Oriental Suite with two massage beds, and a Rasul water temple. The hotel's ballroom and Loggia, two of the property's eight meeting/event spaces, have been restored to include 24-carat gilding of many original features. 
 
Hard Rock Hotel London (April 2019)
On the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane, one of London's most iconic locations, this property is set to be a musical haven. The 900-room hotel will offer exclusive suites for rock royalty, along with with two vibrant bars and a lively Hard Rock Café.
 
The Stratford Hotel and Lofts (spring 2019)
In the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this 145-room luxury hotel will have a huge range of amenities, including a number of restaurants and bars, a communal sky garden, a 24-hour gym and a wealth of culture at its doorstep for delegates to enjoy.
 
The Standard, London (2019)
With 266 guest rooms, the Standard, London, will feature multiple destination restaurants run by critically acclaimed chefs Peter Sanchez-Iglesias and Adam Rawson.
 
The Londoner (spring 2020)
Edwardian Hotels London's first purpose-built property, the Londoner is set for a spring 2020 debut.  The 350-room Leicester Square hotel will have a host of leisure facilities, two Odeon cinemas, a spa and a ballroom spacious enough to accommodate up to 1,000 guests.
 
In other news, the London Convention Bureau recently launched a partnership with the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, a series of incentive packages that showcases the best of both capitals.