Canopy by Hilton London City, the UK’s first Canopy by Hilton hotel. Set within the multi-million-pound Minories development, the 340-room hotel champions the local neighbourhood and celebrates London's East End.

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Project Details

LOCATION: City of London, UK

CLIENT: 4C Hotel Group / Hilton

DATE: 2012-2021

STATUS: Completed

SIZE: 15.500m2 (340 hotel rooms, 370 m2 restaurant, 175 m2 events, 260 m2 rooftop bar)

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Concept Design

Luka Anic, Michel Bosauder, Monica Capitanio, Alia Centofanti, Anna Czigler, Lauren Evans, Catherine Hennessy, Katrina Hollis, Friedrich Ludewig, Flora Martinet, Matteo Modenese, Paolo Moretto, Elisha Nathoo, Ioana Petrova, Charles Pigott, David Rieser, Gemma Serra, Penny Sperbund, Azizah Sulor, Nathalie Vanderiet, Laura Vitzthum, Tommy Yu

Detail Design

Luka Anic, Michel Bosauder, Monica Capitanio, Anna Czigler, Friedrich Ludewig, Flora Martinet, Matteo Modenese, Paolo Moretto, Elisha Nathoo, Jolanda Putri, Penny Sperbund, Azizah Sulor, Laura Vitzthum, Hexuam Yu


Luka Anic, Michel Bosauder, Catherine Hennessy, Kevin Leung, Elli Liverakou, Friedrich Ludewig, Miguel Martin, Eleni Meladaki, Matteo Modenese, Daniel Ovalle Costal, Maria Perez Vera, Charles Pigott, Jolanda Putri, Azizah Sulor


Client’s Agent & Project Manager: Future54

Structure Engineer: Curtins

Services Engineer: TClarke

Fire Engineer: BB7

Approved Inspector: Bureau Veritas

Acoustic Consultant: Cole Jarman

Landscape Architect: Space-Hub

Sustainability Consultant: Stroma

Accessibility Consultant: David Bonnett Associates

IT AV Consultant: Blend Technology Consultants

Lighting Consultant: Nulty / TClarke

Access and Maintenance Consultant: Reef Associates

F&B Specialist: Humble Arnold Associates

BIM Coordinator: Nittygritty

Facade Consultant: Murphy Facade Studio

Planning: Gerald Eve

Communication: 4C communications


Main Contractor: Radford Group / X Construct

Cladding: Colorminium

Concrete: Morrisroe

Drylining: AC1

Fitout: Bluemoon


John Athimaritis

Hufton + Crow

Aldgate was one of the busiest gates of the medieval City of London. It was the heart of the East End  and notorious for its slums and Jack the Ripper. Today, it is the eastern part of London’s banking and insurance district. 

Aon Insurance used 15-16 Minories as their Headquarter until 2002, when the buildings fell out of use. To avoid extensive demolition, we worked with the client to modify and adapt the existing building for the demands of a contemporary hotel. A new wing was added, new public routes created at grade. The original facade consisted of load-bearing concrete fins.

The facade was stripped back, and insulation added to improve thermal performance. The new cladding celebrates the retained pinstripe fin appearance in folded three-dimensional metal to create a dynamic hotel identity unifying the old and new wings. Seven different fin shapes are used to compose a diagrid pattern across the elevations and the use of different colours of each fin side creates the impression of light and shade even on the north facade.

The hotel interiors and furniture designed by ACME pay homage to local heritage of the East End as a place for cloisters and slaughter, weaving and art.

Inspired by the Huguenot silk weavers who settled in Spitalfields in the 17th century, crafted guest rooms and dining spaces feature floral patterns and woven fabrics reminiscent of the techniques employed by the Huguenots. In celebration of Whitechapel’s contemporary arts scene, artwork created by neighbourhood artists adorns the public spaces throughout the hotel.

The hotel rooms evoke the forgotten layers of history that have created the context in which Canopy by Hilton sits through materials and patterns, while remaining true to the late modernist origins of the existing concrete frame, which remains exposed where possible.


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