Take a Green Vacation Across the Big Blue and Stay Smart in London
Newly opened near Mansion House, the residence of the Lord Mayor of London, in the City of London, England, the Vintry & Mercer feels like the cooler edgier answer to its sister hotel: The Ampersand, in South Kensington, England. It was named after two of the honorable guilds that were founded in the area many years ago. The hotel nods at the landed gentry, while also providing a fresh, youthful energy for the enthusiastic crowd that sleeps between its doors.
The hotel is situated in an area full of high rises and chain restaurants, so the subway tiles and potted plants, and factory style windows and Art Deco furniture have been well received as representative of the millennial generation it is hoping to appeal to.
As a new building, the architects had the benefit of being able to design the hotel the way they wish without being subject to the old structures and systems. This has allowed it to be eco-friendly. It is run completely on renewable electricity, which has multiple sources, including biomass, wind and solar generators, and rooftop solar panels. The food and drink is locally sourced and as seasonal as possible. All of this helps them reduce their carbon footprint.
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The building boasts 92 rooms, ranging in size from standard doubles all the way up to superior suites. While not quite as roomy as other places to stay, the rooms aren't small or cramped. Everything has been designed to fit together seamlessly and maximize space.
The "jewel in the crown" of this hotel is the Mercer Roof Terrace, a restaurant and bar whose outdoor seating area overlooks the city skyline. It is accessible by both guests and the general public. Their menu features the best of modern British cuisine using meat and fish straight from the British Isles. Their weekday lunch features local produce, farm-to-table meat, fresh fish, and seasonal veggies. Their weekend lunch includes local produce and fresh ingredients.
If you are looking for a more casual meal, Vintry Kitchen is an Asian Tapas, or Dim Sum, style menu. The wine poured in this location is straight from large barrels lining the gantry. The portions are small and perfect for sharing, ensuring not much, if anything, is wasted.
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There isn't much in the way of entertainment when it comes to the Vintry & Mercer, but it is worth venturing into the surrounding area. Being part of the City of London leaves them close to local attractions, such as Leadenhall Market, a local covered walkway housing both designer and independent boutiques with plenty of pedestrian access. They aren't far from St. Paul's Cathedral, which has stood for over 1,400 years. The River Thames is only a 5 minute walk, and London Bridge can be reached in 15.
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This stylish, eco-friendly place to stay is perfect for those in town for both business and pleasure. A visit to the Vintry & Mercer is all about lingering over great food and drinks in beautiful surroundings.