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Hoxton Southwark hotel designed by Ennismore

The Hoxton, Southwark hotel is informed by the area's lost industrial landscape

Dezeen promotion: the abundance of industrial factories that once populated south London influence the interiors of The Hoxton's latest outpost, which hotelier Ennismore has opened in Southwark.

The Hoxton, Southwark is the hotel chain's eighth property overall and third London location, joining branches in Holborn and Shoreditch.

The Hoxton Southwark hotel designed by Ennismore

For this latest location, Ennismore's in-house design team channelled an industrial aesthetic that subtly nods to Southwark's past. During the 19th century, the area was a major trading spot for hops – a key ingredient of beer – and was also host to a number of tannery and glass factories.

Concrete ceilings and expansive crittal windows appear within the hotel's 192 bedrooms, which are split into five categories according to their size: the Shoebox rooms are the smallest, measuring at a cosy 15 square metres, while the largest rooms are aptly called Biggy's and come complete with super king-size beds and walk-in showers.

Opulent decor details like red-velvet headboards and brass light fixtures appear throughout.

The Hoxton Southwark hotel designed by Ennismore

The industrial theme continues downstairs in the ground-floor restaurant, Albie, which offers dishes inspired by the cuisines of the French and Italian riviera.

Bare-brick walls and wooden floors act as a backdrop to the room's terrazzo dining tables, which are each surrounded by brown-leather seating banquettes or woven chairs.

The Hoxton Southwark hotel designed by Ennismore

Guests can also opt to eat on the hotel's rooftop dining space called Seabird, which takes over the 14th floor. The restaurant – which offers "London's longest" list of oysters – is anchored by a marble-topped raw bar which displays a selection of seafood.

Surrounding wicker furnishings, leafy potted plants and sheer curtains that let in an abundance of natural light help enhance the outdoor feel.

The Hoxton Southwark hotel designed by Ennismore

Within the hotel also lies The Apartment – a series of six events rooms arranged around a central dining area. Individually they can be used for meetings or private dinners, or collectively hired out for large-scale corporate parties.

January 2020 will also see the official opening of Working From, a co-working space that takes over six floors of The Hoxton, Southwark.

The Hoxton Southwark hotel designed by Ennismore

"We've never just been about offering a bed for the night," explained the hotel team.

"We want to be more than that: providing a place where guests can hang out alongside the locals and submerse themselves in the neighbourhood with vibrant, welcoming public spaces."

The Hoxton Southwark hotel designed by Ennismore

Another branch of The Hoxton has recently opened in downtown Los Angeles. It joins the hotel chain's three existing US locations: one in New York, which is centred by a historic brick structure, and another in Portland that takes design cues from modernism.

The third, in Chicago, occupies an old meatpacking facility.