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SEEN Celebrates the Opening of citizenM at the Tower of London

This stylish addition to the citizenM hotel chain sits right on top of Tower Hill tube, and boasts several fine views from its elevated position: The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the Thames, and all of the architecture along the South Bank. Even so, when you step into the lobby, you have no sense of the outside world at all.

This stylish addition to the citizenM hotel chain sits right on top of Tower Hill tube, and boasts several fine views from its elevated position: The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the Thames, and all of the architecture along the South Bank. Even so, when you step into the lobby, you have no sense of the outside world at all.

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SEEN had the opportunity to explore the ‘Living Room’ as the main communal area is described. The colour scheme was unabashed black and red chic with a calming screen of floating jellyfish, and a central space with several self check-in computers. A friendly member of citizenM’s staff explained it all to me. A clever atrium held natural light and delicate lights that resembled jellyfish were winched up and down within it. The effect was hypnotic and calming.

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There’s no restaurant, guests just help themselves from a well-stocked kitchen. If the canapés were anything to go by, then the guests are in for a treat. The art was quirky and London-centric (a huge portrait of Robbie Williams, statues of the Queen that waved) but there was nothing touristy about the knick-knacks, many of which were for sale. There were watches and jewellery but these were fashionable and SEEN predicts, highly collectible.

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SEEN took the opportunity of relaxing in one of the many comfortable lounge areas, which did indeed have the feel of a well-appointed living room rather than the beige corporate horrors of more established chains. It also felt like a highly personalised space, with interesting books to read and areas dedicated to working.

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At the back of the hotel, there was an outdoor space that felt very open to a rapidly developing surrounding area, and a wooden walkway that led to the very old part of Tower Hill, where walls from Tudor times still stand. The old and the modern co-exist quite peacefully here. Prices are not cheap, but like many venues in London offer considerable added value just by their proximity to all that the city has to offer.

www.citizenm.com

citizenM
40 Trinity Square
London
EC3N 4DJ

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