Lema UK Contract for The Dixon, a new entry in London’s hotel scene
Lema has designed the bespoke furniture for the 193 rooms, of which 10 suites, of the brand new The Dixon, the new hotel in one of London’s most cultural postcodes. Located in Tooley Street, The Dixon enjoys a strategic location a few steps away from Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern and the new Bridge Theatre.
With this in mind, The Dixon seeks to become a new reference point not only for hotel guests but also for the local community, attracting creatives and tourists alike who are looking to explore the story of this area. The hotel’s art is curated to inspire, with each artwork on display chosen to reflect the legacy of this part of London.
Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, which encases 160 independent hotels characterised by strong history and personality, The Dixon is named after John Dixon Butler, famous and mysterious architect from the 19th century, who in 1905 designed this Edwardian masterpiece which was originally the Tower Bridge Magistrates’ Court.
The building, which previously housed a police quarter, courtrooms and prison cells, is Grade listed. Dominvs Group, a hotel, real estate and private equity family owned business acquired it in 2014.
The whole building has been fully restored, conserving key details and highlighting its Edwardian heritage, such as the large windows and the façade, which are original features. The rooms and communal areas are rich with details and artworks inspired by the history of SE1: the old prison cells keys have been restored and are on display, the benches inscribed by the prisoners awaiting their verdict have been positioned in the lifts whilst the original handcuffs have been inserted in the awe-inspiring chandelier that dominates the main staircase.