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Last updated: 30 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

One of the most talked-about openings in the capital in recent years, the Standard’s futurist-retro 70s décor brings some fun American pizzazz to Camden Council’s former Brutalist headquarters. Its arrival cemented the Kings Cross area as the capital’s most exciting regenerative district.

This is a place to splash out and party, with some suites offering private bars and outdoor tubs. The open-plan ground floor is home to Isla restaurant, terrace and lobby lounge making one big lively social space, with regular evening DJ sets.

Cherry on the cake, quite literally, is the rooftop (all AstroTurf and flamingo-pink furniture), with fabulous views across the city. Decimo, the Standard’s smart Mexican-inspired restaurant, is on the floor below.

Surrounding area

A great location in a blooming area for restaurants and transport (site of the Eurostar terminus, a huge Tube transit hub, and nationwide rail services).

Head to nearby Coal Drops Yard and the Regent’s Canal for fun dining and drinking options or go west to find yourself swiftly in Oxford Street, Soho or the oh-so elegantly landscaped green spaces of Regents Park.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

British Museum

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.1 miles]

An awe-inspiring collection of more than seven million artefacts spanning two million years, from prehistory to the present day. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, Elgin Marbles and a granite head of King Rameses II.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free

Covent Garden

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.8 miles]

This iconic and atmospheric West End square has a historic Victorian market building, street performers, restaurants and boutiques.

Best for ages: Any | Free

Royal Opera House

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.8 miles]

This grand setting in Covent Garden is home to both the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet companies, and the place for lavish, spectacular performances by the world’s leading singers and dancers.

Best for ages: 18+ | £45 | 1-3 hours

London Transport Museum

London, United Kingdom (UK)[2 miles]

Fascinating museum offering an insight into the remarkable transport heritage of the city that pioneered the underground railway. Trains, iconic black cabs, scarlet double-decker buses and more.

Best for ages: 6+ | £20

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Exterior view of the Library during the daytime

British Library

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

One of the largest libraries in the world, containing an estimated 170-200 million items. Priceless exhibits include the Magna Carta, Beowulf, Captain Cook’s journal, and the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Exterior view of the grand building surrounding a large square

Somerset House

London, United Kingdom (UK)[2.1 miles]

Famous for its picturesque alfresco ice rink in winter and the Edmund J Safra fountains in the summer, this elegant neoclassical building is also home to an art gallery and upscale restaurant.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Madame Tussauds

London, United Kingdom (UK)[2.2 miles]

Meet the queen, get a selfie with Stormzy and take the controls of the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca at the world’s leading and original wax museum.

Best for ages: 8+ | £30

Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


Greater London, United Kingdom (UK)

World-class culture, fashion, music, food and history – and a mind-boggling array of bucket list experiences – packed into one extraordinary, incomparable destination. 

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