Posted in News on 6 March, 2019

The Dixon, Tower Bridge, a new addition to Marriott’s Autograph Collection, officially opened its doors on 1st February 2019.

Taking centre stage in the heart of SE1 on Tooley Street, The Dixon has become a new cultural hub for the capital’s centre of artistic activity. The Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and the diverse cultural offering of the new Bridge Theatre are all a short distance away.

Named after John Dixon Butler – the architect who originally constructed the Grade II listed building in 1905 as a Magistrates’ Court and police station – the hotel takes inspiration from the area’s vibrant cultural heritage, while also capturing its new wave of creative cool.

A passion for art is inherent to The Dixon, with all guest rooms and public spaces showcasing thoughtfully curated pieces, inspired by the history and talent of SE1. The architectural restoration, led by Consarc Design Group, has transformed the hotel in uncompromising style. Rani Ahluwalia, Creative Director at M Studio London, and twenty2degrees worked closely to bring a stunning interior concept to life that cleverly walks the line between old and new.

The 193 rooms, including 10 spacious suites, redefine the traditional boutique hotel by seamlessly incorporating the local neighbourhood’s culture through an artful mix of heritage design.

Deeply embedded in the nostalgia of this former Magistrate’s Court, restoration has been essential to the interior design. Paying tribute to the experiences and memories of a previous time, each and every cell key has been kept and restored, now finding themselves interwoven in a modern design movement. Benches emotionally etched by prisoners when waiting for deliberation find themselves brought to life once more in the lift lobbies, and a large, finely-crafted chandelier comprised of handcuffs hangs above the staircase.

The Courtroom Bar continues this unique theme, with Edwardian oak panelling providing a backdrop for the artisan cocktail bar. Drinks are served under the original structure of the judge’s bench, providing the self-titled bar with a sense of nostalgia unlike anywhere else in London.

Socially and culturally immersive, The Dixon is as much about the local community as it is about its guests. Enticing creatives and city hoppers keen to explore Tower Bridge’s rich history, The Dixon’s support of local art extends beyond its walls with a diverse cultural offering through local partnerships, including Anise Gallery.

The hotel’s restaurant, Provisioners, is inspired by modern design movements, designers’ studios and homes, as well as European café culture, while retaining historical elements of the original building, including two fully restored jail cells. With a nod to the Bauhaus and mid-century era, functional design creates a casual and inviting space where all visitors will feel at home. A key influence for Provisioners is modern European design and British industrial designers such as Sir Kenneth Grange, some of whose work hangs in the space with kind permission.

Rani Ahluwalia, Creative Director of M Studio London said, “The Dixon offers a unique take on the boutique hotel experience, offering guests a neighbourhood feel in the heart of the capital. The design intention was to create something truly beautiful, which intrinsically links back to the origins of the building and the iconic location. Collaboration has been essential to the finely crafted designs and finishes throughout the hotel, drawing upon a wide range of expertise to establish a truly stunning final product.”

On opening on 1st February 2019, The Dixon joined Marriott International’s Autograph Collection Hotels. Autograph Collection comprises a portfolio of strikingly independent hotels with standout properties that have garnered international praise, including the Cotton House (Barcelona), Domes of Elounda (Crete) and Hotel am Steinplatz (Berlin). Each independent hotel within the collection is handpicked for its high quality, rich originality, bold character and ability to offer guests unique experiences suited to their sense of style and adventure.

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