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How to feel like a Londoner on your next trip to the UK


I’m not actually a Londoner but I do love London Town and I think I’ve found the best place to stay when I’m in the capital.

 

 

Situated slap bang in the middle of Leicester square and a stones throw away from all the main attractions it’s London’s latest hippest coolest super-boutique hotel. An urban resort consisting of 16 storeys of cutting edge design, quirky artworks and delectable spaces demanding your immediate attention!!

 

The luxurious, yet un-stuffy 5-star hotel offers 350 rooms and suites, six concept eateries and bars, a rooftop bar and underground spa with swimming pool, Odeon cinema and an 850 capacity ballroom. 

 

 

It’s what I call a destination hotel. You could have a holiday in-situ without going outside the doors. However you have the heart of one of the most exciting city’s right outside your door so it’s a hard choice!

 

Arriving on a blustery may afternoon we are greeted by a dashing doorman and upon entering we feel the warmth, comfort and fragrant aroma (yes!) of this luxurious yet unpretentious hotel.

  

 

A complimentary glass of champagne is offered to us after a very welcoming check-in. There’s a stage with a singer / pianist and not just any singer - we stayed for an hour enjoying the music. She was so good we would have bought a ticket!!

 

The room is all soft beiges with floor to ceiling windows to view the London hustle and bustle beneath.

 

Quintessentially British and quirky there’s binoculars to spy on the passers by, a Japanese bottom washing toilet, a print of a letter signed by Jeremy Corbin to Theresa may in the loo, and my all time fave: a Dyson hairdryer!!

  

 

Bed is huge and comfy and the TV is playing all the best of the British TV.

 

To top it off there’s an illuminated Hollywood style mirror for added drama in the elegant bathrooms.

 

As for the food and drink on offer, you are spoilt for choice with 6 restaurants.

 

Whitcombs is The signature restaurant offering contemporary French Mediterranean cuisine and the best breakfast in town with such a massive array of fruits delectable bakery items and superb buffet or Al a carte options. As a breakfast lover I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

 

 

The lobby bar with its snazzy pink chairs and hydrangea decked bar is the best place for afternoon tea and a sneaky Champas especially when the live music is on.

 

If you’re a gin lover (and who isn’t these days) the Joshua bar, inspired by the 18th century artist and former Leicester square resident Joshua Reynolds is your go to, but if you want the glitz head upstairs to the glamorous rooftop lounge. Fantastic cocktails and world class Japanese cuisine.

  

 

You’ll need a workout after all this indulgence and the gym and spa are in a league of there own. I didn’t get time to try but I’ll be sure to pack my swimmers and gym gear on my next visit.

  

 

I have promised myself there will be a next time as this expat Brit just loved soaking up this explosion of British eccentricity where I could pretend I was a Londoner for a day or two.

 

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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 18 May 2022

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