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Inside The Transformed Carlton Tower

After an 18-month closure, The Carlton Tower has been completely transformed by a £100-million refurbishment, the most extensive transformation in its history. 

Every last inch of the 17-storey hotel has been completely redesigned, with a sophisticated new foyer and reception, the rebooted Peak Fitness Club and Spa that boasts London’s largest naturally lit swimming pool, the ballroom and meeting rooms, plus the elegantly upgraded Lobby bar and lounge, and Al Mare, a new destination restaurant from head chef Marco Calenzo.

The Carlton Tower lobby

Overlooking Sloane Street, when it first opened in 1961, designed by Henry End (who was also responsible for the interiors of the Plaza Hotel in New York), it was London’s first tower hotel and was celebrated for being the tallest building in London at the time, becoming one of the city’s key landmarks.

Everyone came to play: film stars, rock stars, socialites and royalty. It was a magnet for the international glitterati, who all came to stay and play surrounded by the opulence and glamour of the hotel. This lavish new look spells the return of the Carlton Tower to its former standing as the place to play, stay (or both!) in London.

The Carlton Tower | Chinoiserie bar
The Carlton Tower | Luxury Guest Suite Bedroom

Esteemed interior and architecture design studio 1508 London drew on the hotel’s glamorous heritage and location to create a modern classic with a timeless interior that respects the building’s original, clean modernist style.

The hotel’s former 216 keys have been reduced in number to make 186 more spacious rooms and suites, designed with an emphasis on light and space, using British heritage hues of deep blue, green and maroon. Bathrooms feature floor-to-ceiling marble with toiletries by Grown Alchemist.

Floor-to-ceiling marble bathroom at The Carlton Tower

Almost half of the rooms and suites have balconies with views across London and Cadogan Place Gardens, normally only accessible to local residents but accessible to Carlton Tower guests during their stay.

The Carlton Tower lobby

THE NEW LOBBY

With its striking double-height space, the newly designed reception foyer evokes the stately proportions of a classical British grand hall, crowned with a bespoke chandelier that is inspired by Cadogan Place Gardens’ history as a botanical garden.

The Carlton Tower | Chinoiserie lounge

FOOD & DRINK

Chinoiserie, the hotel’s beloved lounge and dining area, has returned with a fresh new look, serving cakes and pastries throughout the day, alongside a menu of international favourites and an extensive drinks list.

Meanwhile, the newly created lobby bar offers a refined environment in which to enjoy a cocktail.

The Carlton Tower | Al Mare restaurant

Head chef Marco Calenzo, an Italian native and former Zuma executive chef, is at the helm of Al Mare, the hotel’s destination new restaurant. Serving Italian dishes both familiar and surprising with a focus on seafood, the restaurant features a theatre kitchen, private dining room and al fresco dining.

Chitarrine alla Pescatora at Al Mare

THE PEAK FITNESS CLUB & SPA

With its impressive new look and features, as well as a strictly limited membership, The Peak is at the forefront of London’s luxury wellness world. Set across three floors, the hotel’s famous health club has been completely redesigned with new treatment rooms at the Talise Spa.

The Carlton Tower | The Peak Fitness Club & Spa

The legendary pool area, famous for being London’s largest indoor pool with natural daylight, has been given a new look. The bright interior is complemented by views through the double-height glass ceiling and the pool is now lined with relaxing cabanas.

The Peak’s also offers studio classes, and a gym decked out with bespoke equipment, overlooking the Club’s light-filled cafe and its panoramic London views.

With all these reasons to stay, play or both, Carlton Tower is once again one of the most fashionable places to be in London.

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The Carlton Tower | Talise Spa treatment room