Looking to take off for a few days in London? The von Essen group’s new Hotel Verta could be just the ticket – especially for high flyers.

The hotel gets its name from the adjacent London Heliport, Battersea, also owned by von Essen. They now comprise Europe’s only integrated hotel-heliport, what it calls London’s Vertical Gateway. To underline that, the décor throughout the hotel reflects the aviation theme and recreates the pizzazz of the golden age of flying.

A giant 1930s-style searchlight sets the tone by the dining room, while miniature
representations of helicopter blades are suspended above tables like a giant child’s
mobile inside. Right outside the soaring windows is the heliport – with parked helicopters – and the Thames just beyond. It is a surreal view as you tuck into your breakfast or dinner.

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The hotel’s 70 rooms continue the theme. Paper planes made from a London A-Z
Guide were framed as a picture on a wall of my lavish, fifth-floor room, and the picture windows gave a pilot’s eye view of the heliport below. But the quadruple glazing meant that when helicopters took off or landed they were whisper quiet.

The room was a geek’s paradise, with electronic touch switches to operate everything, including the flat screen TV at the end of the bath. My only gripes were the stained bedspread and the surprising lack of an iPod dock in such a high-tech room.

Sadly, there was no time to use the cosy spa, tucked in the basement. The £45 Flight Rescue foot and leg reviver massage would have been uplifting.


Hotel Verta

Battersea, London SW11 3BE

Tel: 020 7801 3500

Rooms from £175 ex-VAT

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Best for

  •  Flights of fancy
  •  Spa breaks
  • Style gurus

Could do better

  •  No iPod docks

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