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UK Hotels: Heckfield Place in Hampshire, designed by Spratley & Partners

Six English hotels with striking interiors

A wave of hotels have opened, or been recently revamped across England. From an upscale roadside diner in Oxfordshire, to a listed Georgian manor in Hampshire, here are six of the best.

Six new hotels in England: Heckfield Place in Hampshire, designed by Spratley & Partners
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Heckfield Place, Hampshire, by Spratley & Partners

Occupying a Grade II-listed Georgian mansion in rural Hampshire, Heckfield Place has been designed to offer a "resolutely natural" experience to its guests.

The hotel's 400-acre grounds are dotted with lakes, walled gardens, and even a farm that supplies fresh fruit, vegetables, and honey to the two restaurants on site. Wildflowers and straw bags serve as decor in the earth-toned bedroom suites.

Six new hotels in England: University Arms in Cambridge, designed by John Simpson and Martin Brudnizki

University Arms, Cambridge, by John Simpson and Martin Brudnizki

The University Arms hotel in Cambridge was originally constructed back in 1834, but has recently reopened its doors following an £80 million revamp by architect John Simpson and interior designer Martin Brudnizki.

Drawing on the city's academic history, Brudnizki has created "quintessentially English" rooms with literary details – guest suites are named after famous authors, while the bar features patterned wallpaper that recalls antique book covers. There's also a library with leather armchairs and a wood-burning fireplace.

Six new hotels in England: Mollie's Motel and Diner in Oxfordshire, designed by Soho House
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Mollie's Motel and Diner, Oxfordshire, by Soho House

Host to a series of cool-tone guest rooms complete with luxurious king-size beds, Mollie's has been designed by the Soho House team to overturn typical notions of the roadside motel.

It's located just off a motorway in Oxfordshire and includes a general store, workspace, and drive-through American diner serving classics like burgers, milkshakes and nachos.

Six new hotels in England: The Stratford in London, designed by Space Copenhagen
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The Stratford, London, by Space Copenhagen

Danish design studio Space Copenhagen has lent its pared-back Scandi aesthetic to the interiors of The Stratford, a new hotel that occupies seven floors of a SOM-designed tower in east London's Olympic Park.

In the light-filled guest suites, sand-coloured walls are complemented by warm copper light fixtures and natural wood furnishings. Similar tones appear in the dramatic triple-height entrance lobby and ground level brasserie.

Six new hotels in England: My Chelsea in London, designed by DH Liberty
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My Chelsea, London, by DH Liberty

DH Liberty recently revamped My Chelsea to feature a handful of honey-gold fixtures, hinting at the beehive kept on the roof – botanical prints in the bedrooms also reflect the hotel owner's penchant for gardening.

The focal point of the building is its conservatory-style drinks bar, which is dressed with plush green velvet seats and huge Birds of Paradise plants intended to create "coves of intimacy" amongst guests.

Six new hotels in England: Whitworth Locke in Manchester, designed by Grzywinski + Pons
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Whitworth Locke, Manchester, by Grzywinski + Pons

Vintage posters that advertised trade with tropical countries inspired the warm-hued guest suites of the Whitworth Locke, which takes over a trio of 19th-century cotton mills.

Colours take a moodier turn in the hotel's ground floor, where surfaces have been painted various shades of grey to reflect Manchester's typically overcast skies. This level also plays host to a cafe, co-working space, and greenery-lined cocktail bar.