Opening on February 4, and powered 100 per cent by renewable energy, London’s newest hotel sits among historic narrow streets on the banks of the Thames with names such as Honey, Saffron, Wine and Cinnamon. The hotel, on Garlick Hill, draws its name from the historic guilds that traded in the area: Vintry, established in 1364, was the centre for London wine merchants, and Mercer, established in 1304, was for noble textile sellers who specialised in fine silks and damasks. The 92 elegant rooms and suites are finished with an intimate, stylish vibe. Dine on Asian-inspired tapas at the ground-floor Vintry Kitchen, or take in the views, from the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral to the glass tip of The Shard, from the Mercer Rooftop Terrace, which celebrates English ingredients with sustainably sourced meat and fish from across the British Isles.