Moving is never fun. Get the wi-fi sorted, transfer bills, buy missing bits…These days, however, there are a host of new serviced flats that make city living a whole lot easier. Now, we’re sure none of these are for the faint of budget heart, but it’s certainly fun to window shop.
First, let’s start with the one we’d love to live in: the Miami and soon-to-open West Hollywood EDITIONS have residences. The 26 John Pawson-designed flats in The Residences at The Miami Beach EDITION have floor to ceiling windows (swoon), great outdoor spaces (some with lap/plunge pools, fireplaces, kitchens), open kitchens, and the option to customise everything. Importantly, you also get all the services of an ‘urban resort’ and a ‘managed household’; they describe it as ‘a home with the work taken out of it’; we say yes please. The West Hollywood EDITION will have 20 luxe residences and the 1 Hotel in Miami (which we recently saw) have very chic residences, too.
Next it’s one that’s about to open. The Manhattan Loft Gardens (in Stratford, so closer to home), will have hotel rooms and rental flats, as well as bars and restaurants (supporting local where they can), gardens and a program of events. July is the slated opening date.
And lastly we have the one that just opened. Living Rooms have five different London locations (hotels, extended stay places, luxury residences), with the latest being a hotel alternative called Weymouth Mews in Marylebone. Now, this is more for an extended stay than residence (unless you’re Lindsay Lohan), but there are seven one-, two-, and three-bed design-led flats (light and breezy; modern architecture with vintage/mid-century furnishings), with the concierge service of a five-star hotel. Guests also receive access to gyms/trainers, push bikes, iPads with LDN recommendations, and anything else you could need to feel like a local.
Serviced living: we’re in.