Banjo Ad’s Tim Andreas helps redesign St Martins Lane

As it celebrates its 15th year, St Martins Lane, Morgans Hotel Group Co.’s first European hotel, revealed a new contemporary design and updated public spaces. With emphasis on comfort and simplicity across its 204 guestrooms, St Martins Lane’s renovation also included a revitalization of its in-house restaurant, Asia de Cuba, as well as the launch of a cocktail lounge, Blind Spot.

Situated in London’s theater district at the Covent Garden, Blind Spot was conceived by interior designer Tim Andreas of Banjo Ad Inc. Andreas is said to have paid homage to Philippe Starck, St Martins Lane’s original designer, and his original ethos by blurring the lines between baroque and minimalist, extravagance and simplicity.

The Den is a gathering place situated just off the lobby. The décor is described as sophisticated, with a tongue-in-cheek British flair. The art on the walls animates the space with portraits and visual puns.


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Asia de Cuba, a Chino-Latino fusion restaurant, was also restyled. The new décor is said to evoke the senses of Havana.

At the lobby, there is a tea counter, and through a hidden doorway, guests will find themselves at Blind Spot, a cocktail lounge inspired by exotic teas.

Contrasting with the scene downstairs, the guestrooms at St Martins Lane now boast a design influenced by minimalism.  Andreas used floor-to-ceiling windows as a backdrop to low and simple furnishings. Linen drapery, polished aluminum, teardrop lighting fixtures and leopard print carpets are key elements in the space, while the updated interactive light feature allows guests to select from a spectrum of colors.

Andreas also installed a new mini bar with mirrors for a “see through” effect. Other new elements include: a flat-screen TV atop a dichroic laminated glass desk, a new white leather chair that rotates 360 degrees, bedside reading lights, additional USB charging stations near the bed, and a media hub with high-current USB charging, HDMI video and music playing capabilities.

St Martins Lane is part of the Morgans Originals collection.