Autograph Collection adds its first UK hotels

UK: Marriott’s collection of independent hotels has added Threadneedles in London and The Glasshouse in Edinburgh to its ranks.

Threadneedles is located in the heart of the City of London, close to The Bank of England, St Paul’s Cathedral, Borough Market, and The Royal Exchange. The former Victorian banking hall, a Grade II listed building and the former head office of City Bank, has a lobby dominated by an elaborately hand painted stained-glass dome, which dates back to 1856. Its restaurant and bar, Bonds,  is set in the former main banking hall, retaining many original Victorian features.

The Glasshouse is built into the 150 year old façade of the Lady Glenorchy church, and is located a short walk from Princes Street and Edinburgh castle. It has a unique roof-top garden – a two-acre area of elegantly landscaped gardens which may also be used as a covered event space. The Glasshouse has won a number of awards since its opening in 2003, including being voted by Conde Nast Traveller magazine as one of the “Top 50 Hottest Hotels,” and winner of the “Most Stylish Hotel” by the Scottish Style Awards. In January 2013, it was awarded second place in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine’s survey of best UK city hotels.  The hotel is currently undergoing refurbishment and is due to join the Autograph Collection upon completion in June.
Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe, said: “This is an exciting time for the Autograph Collection in Europe as we add experiences in two of the United Kingdom’s most important destinations,” said  “Autograph Collection offers an enviable range of artistic, culinary and cultural adventures for our guests and these two iconic hotels will be valuable additions. “

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