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The Other House Brings a Whimsical Touch to London Hospitality

The Other House

Photo: Courtesy of Bergman Design House

The Other House, a groundbreaking lifestyle brand, is testing the boundaries of what hospitality can mean, one whimsical location at a time.

Nestled inside the historic district of London’s South Kensington—just a stone’s throw away from the National Museum—is their new Resident’s Club, an innovative, Alice in Wonderland-esque concept that offers everything from the benefits of a private club to the services of a hotel. But don’t be fooled into thinking you’re walking into yet another hotel that claims to be cool for a few interesting decor elements. The Other House is definitely on-trend, but creates a lived-in atmosphere by encouraging guests to make their own way sans porters, and to discover its corners in fresh ways.

Designed to serve as a second home that provides all the comfort and privacy guests would have in their own homes, The Other House has also become a favorite for giving residents a new level of control. An app allows each visitor to manage every aspect of their experience from check-in to check-out. Features such as the ability to reserve housekeeping or your favorite spot at the bar mean that everything is always just a few taps away.

Club Flat, The Other House

Photo: Courtesy of Bergman Design House

There’s no way one can talk about this spot without dedicating some time on its unique interiors. Quirky and colorful, The Other House is replete with statement-making pieces: gilded monkeys and lions dot every room, vibrant fabric wallpapers bring even the smallest corners to life with a melange of textures and patterns, and a touch of humor brightens up every space via cheeky pieces of art. Renaissance paintings stand out with splashes of contemporary colors, a peacock-inspired armchair greets guests in the lobby, and even the teacups and saucers at the restaurant feature wise owls and hanging monkeys (specially made for the hotspot, mind you). Step inside the rooms, and the same theme follows. Rich wooden flooring and pops of yellow and blue bring the look together, while gold swan-like faucets add a luxe touch in the bathroom.

Whether you plan on staying for a few days or a year, the Club Flats offer living that is truly exceptional and will make you feel right at home. Boldly designed by award-winning Bergman Design House, each of these contemporary apartments come with a living area and kitchenette, along with ample wardrobe space. Naomi Heaton, the visionary behind The Other House, has taken into account everything that the modern traveler needs while paving the way for a new era of slow travel; guests can stay in their ‘other house’ for as long as they are in town.

The signature flats each have their own unique ‘address’ and range from the studio-style Club Originals to the more spacious Club Vaults with beautiful arched ceilings. You’ll notice this element throughout the space, which is dotted with high-ceilinged patios, ideal for a little lounge time or a cup of tea. For more special stays, the club also has one-of-a-kind flats such as the duplex Club Mezzanines or the stunning Club Turrets. Families or groups that don’t necessarily want to share the same flat but still want the convenience of living together can opt for Club Combos, which are flats that can be combined to suit groups of four to 10 people. The most exceptional of these is the Courtyard Combo, an al-fresco-style living with flats surrounding a breathtaking glass-covered atrium.

The Other House

Photo: Courtesy of Bergman Design House

The Other House is not just home to exceptional residences, but has also created community living with remarkable public spaces. Its Private Club, accessible by all residents and a selective group of members, is home to a number of exclusive spaces ideal for meetings, some down time. The Keeping Room, a bar exclusive to the South Kensington location, offers guests The Reserve List, a leather-bound volume of limited-edition beverages to relish by the open fire. There is also The Den, an ultra-comfortable screening room perfect for putting your feet up and enjoying your favorite movie.

As a brand that is all about taking care of the modern traveler and individual, it is no surprise that the Private Club also has The Other Space, a wellness area perfect for working out or relaxing after a long day in the urban chaos of London. Guests can strengthen their minds and body through spiritual well-being experiences and enjoy facilities such as a vitality pool which stands out for its ethereal iridescent design and playful reflective art, steam room, and sauna. A state-of-the-art gym, developed in collaboration with sports professional Reece Bowersfulfils, fulfills every fitness dream with its extensive equipment and group sessions.

The Other Kitchen, The Other House

Photo: Courtesy of Bergman Design House

For a more local flavor, The Other House has created two signature destinations. The Other Kitchen, an all-day street cafe, offers casual dining with a menu designed by the youngest ever Michelin star chef, Asimakis Chaniotis. Prepared by head chef Gary White diners can expect to be served seasonal soups, salads, signature sandwiches, and small plates with a focus on sustainability and freshness. When guests are in the mood for a drink, they can head to The Owl and Monkey for a selection of classic and signature cocktails created by bar manager Flavio Russo.

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