Lifestyle hospitality brand Locke will open its third London property in Bermondsey this September. The 143-key aparthotel will be home to a destination restaurant, co-working areas, bar and workout studio.

Each individual studio apartment is equipped with fully fitted kitchens, laundry facilities and a living space, while activated public spaces and a locally-led cultural programme will help to create a community feel.

“We are delighted to open our third property in London with Bermonds Locke. Locke aims to liberate guests from the confines of a typical hotel room by creating beautiful apartments that are designed to be lived in,” says Stephen McCall, CEO of parent group edyn.

“The type of guest we’re accommodating wants to explore life as a local, and so the Bermondsey neighbourhood has played a significant role in defining the aesthetic, partners and programming.”

Bermonds Locke in London

Bermonds Locke marks the brand’s first collaboration with London-based studio Holloway Li. Paying homage to nature’s wonder in both aesthetic and eco-responsibility, Holloway Li have created a living experience out of re-purposed construction materials in both the public areas and private apartments. Concrete testing cubes find new purpose, serving as a plinth for a six-metre long terrazzo tables in the ground floor workspaces; whilst in the rooms, bespoke bed frames woven out of blackened rebar are accented with linen canopies to infuse old ideas of the concrete jungle with a new sense of sanctuary.

Bringing the changing gradient of the desert sunset to south London, Locke’s signature studios on the upper floors will be dipped in blue, beige and grey hues, with saturated vibrant pinks on the lower floors. Responding to a concept developed by Heather Tierney from Wanderlust (the visionary behind cult US restaurant The Butcher’s Daughter), Bermonds Locke evokes the Southern California cool of Joshua Tree, the Mojave Dessert and Abbott Kinney – a culture and food destination comparable to Bermondsey Street.

Bermonds Locke in London

“We are really excited to be partnering with Locke to pave a new design direction for the brand’s home-meets-hotel concept,” say Alex Holloway and Na Li, co-Founders of Holloway Li. “By challenging the purpose of materials, we hope to highlight how a circular material economy can generate an incredibly unique aesthetic and a new kind of living experience – doing more, with less.”

The property is situated within walking distance of Bermondsey Street, home to some of the best bars, restaurants and art galleries in London. To the north of the property, guests can meander through the cobbled streets of Shad Thames and Maltby Street Market – the smaller, slightly more charming younger sister of Borough Market, which itself is only a 15-minute walk away. As with all Locke properties, Bermonds Locke also comes fully staffed by a team of House Hosts, offering insight to ensure both long and short-term visitors have access to local knowledge and insider tips.

The opening of Bermonds Locke comes as the brand continues to expand both within the UK and globally, with further openings planned in Dublin, Berlin, Lisbon, Munich and Copenhagen. Locke is also slated to open its fourth London outpost in Dalston in late 2020.