The Bite Magazine - Spring/Summer 2022 - Issue 31

bitecuisine Penny Squares at Canopy by Hilton London City M odern hotel designs are getting more creative, imaginative and sassier than their older counter- parts. Canopy by Hilton London City is a new lifestyle hotel inspired by Aldgate’s local history and the surrounding art scene adding a deliciously gorgeous sight to the area. The East London area’s rich and complex history dates back to Roman settlements, followed by waves of immi- grants from the 17th century Huguenots, 19th century Jews, and 20th century Bangladeshis. Whilst the hotel interior endeavours to stay true to the modernist building, the wardrobe is designed in the spirit of French architect and designer Jean Prouvé. The Huguenots’ woven legacy inspired the carpets and wall fabrics using an abstracted floral pattern by English texture designer Anna Maria Garthwaite. The rug also bears an abstracted design in a neutral and tonal degraded effect influ- enced by the ikat dyeing technique. The bespoke furniture and fabrics include a fea- tured canopy over the bed, chaise longue, cushions, chairs, lights and a side table. A series of artworks created by London-based artists such as Tom Gidley, Janne Malmros and Steven Quinn address aspects of the East London context of Whitechapel, Spitalfields and Shoreditch. It also showcases large- scale portraits by American artist Mia Bergeron in the corridors showing the faces of familiar characters living and working in the surrounding neighbourhoods. The glass entrance to the hotel has a series of geese figurines that instantly catch your eye and hung glittering decorations. As you walk toward Penny Squares restaurant, you’ll pass a long cabinet filled with ornaments, books and plant pots that reminds me of a similar setting at Rosewood London. On the way, there is a lounge with ban- quette seating with satiny black and white cushions. After ascending the stairs, you are met with deco- rative needlework on the back of a grey banquette seating.