The Other House Hotel and Residents’ Club is a pioneering concept providing all its residents apartment-style living, club facilities and hotel services. The concept, shaped through a residential lens rather than a conventional hotel approach, offers something completely unique for those wanting to live like a local, to feel it is their other house, whatever the length of stay—be it a day, a month or a year.
It is as much an exciting, eclectic, boldly designed new destination for guests coming for just a few days as it is a London bolt-hole for those who moved to the country during the pandemic or international visitors needing a place in London to call home. Offering ‘Club Flats’, a Private Club for residents and hotel services, it is the first of this type of accommodation that the UK has seen.
Located on leafy Harrington Gardens, South Kensington, behind the impressive façade of 11 grand Victorian townhouses, the interior has been completely renovated and reconfigured. It now houses over 200 Club Flats, private meeting and dining rooms and exciting event spaces. Its Private Club for residents includes two bars, a screening room and extensive wellness and wellbeing spaces, including a vitality pool, state-of-the-art gym and a meditation hub. For a more local vibe, there is an all-day street café, The Other Kitchen, and a signature cocktail bar, The Owl and Monkey.
There are many configurations of Club Flats, including the Club Originals, Club Class, Club Vaults and Club Collection – all embracing the period architecture of the buildings they are within. They range from studio-style flats to three bedrooms, 247 sqft (23 sqm) to 656 sqft (61 sqm). For larger groups, there are Club Combos – options to interconnect two, three or four Club Flats all behind a single front door or around a private internal courtyard – up to 1,238 sqft (115 sqm).
Club Flats are located along ‘streets’, each named after people of note from the local area – so no soulless corridors and floor numbers. A rich colour palette layered with velvets, British tweed and wool is giving every Club Flat a unique address of its own. The inspirational living spaces are dressed in a kitchen/diner, a bedroom and an elegant shower room.
The Other House has worked closely with the award-winning, London-based, Bergman Design House as their interior design partner. The inspiration for the interiors was derived from the local culture of South Kensington – a unique area brimming with art, design and tradition. The spirit of whimsy and English eccentricity was the starting point for the design – guided by beguiling gardens, interesting architecture, the language of arches and the nearby Gloucester Road tube station. This narrative is echoed throughout the entire building, connecting spaces, leading residents from one experience to the next. The result? A voyage of discovery, a world that is fantastical and flamboyant, but also relaxing and comforting in equal measure. All brought to life by the very best of British craftsmanship.
Sustainability underpins every decision that is made at The Other House and to this end initiatives have been implemented from construction through to operations – with the aim of achieving the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ category, representing only the top 10% of buildings. From using materials with a low environmental impact to carrying out lifecycle assessments to inform selection – it is committed to sourcing products from verified environmentally friendly suppliers and supporting local artisans and craftsmanship. Furniture, fittings, and fabrics throughout the Residents’ Club from the front of house to the Club Flats are from British design houses.
It all adds up to a genuine retreat in the heart of the capital where an investment in eco-consciousness is just as seamlessly integrated as modern amenities and inspirational design. It is a destination for the wise owl who cares for the planet and the curious monkey who are looking for great experiences. Hence the name of the eponymous Owl and Monkey cocktail bar at the Other House. Which are you? To find out, The Other House South Kensington showcases the best in British design, with sustainability and positive social and environmental impact at its core.
For further information, visit otherhouse.com