The Londoner – Ultra Luxury and Relaxation in the Heart of Leicester Square

The Londoner’s highly anticipated launch took place in September 2021, marking the beginning of a new era for London’s Leicester Square. But it was also the introduction of a brand new genre of hotel accommodation the super boutique and The Londoner has been delighting locals and the city’s international guests ever since, with 16 storeys of impressive facilities, cutting edge design, incredible food and drink options and a personable level of service you would find in a boutique hotel. The Luxury Editor recently stayed at the Londoner so read on to discover more about this impressive new addition to Leicester Square.

The hottest new luxury hotel in London

Coming from one of the UK’s largest family-owned hotel groups, Edwardian Hotels London, The Londoner is impressive. It has 350 bedrooms, six concept eateries, a member’s club-style private area, meeting and event spaces, a cinema and an incredible spa spanning an entire floor.

Offering the highest levels of luxury for those seeking to entertain and impress, it boasts a 200sqm Tower Penthouse duplex suite, as well as 119sqm Trafalgar Suites, with living areas, kitchenettes and foyers. Its bedrooms feature floor to ceiling windows, fastidious detailing and the latest technology appeal to business and leisure travellers alike.

Yet while super in scale, The hotel’s boutique approach and commitment to luxury hospitality ensure guests are made to feel at home.

Reflecting British sensibilities

Designed in collaboration with world-renowned architectural designers Yabu Pushelberg, the hotel perfectly encapsulates the character of its home town. At every turn, there are nods to British humour, something that’s appealing both to Londoners and international guests.

The bedrooms, suites and public areas of the hotel display an expertly curated roster of art pieces, infusing additional character into the hotel. Classic and contemporary works cover all mediums genres and values, as well as those from emerging artists. Yabu Pushelberg, James Robertson Art Consultants and Edwardian Hotel London’s Krishma Singh Dear worked together to select an inclusive and varied collection that would reflect the multifaceted and diverse character of London as a city.

Rooms and Suites

Suites at The Londoner harmoniously blend residential charm and London class. Each individually designed, each intimate yet subtly spectacular. Think spacious luxe in their Junior and Corner Suites, and beautiful living areas, separate bedrooms, objets d’art, and magnificent views if you want more.  While bedrooms soothe with a calming colour palette and residential panelling to make you feel at home. From the bespoke design and contemporary art on the walls, to the expected and unexpected joys of a five-star stay, each room offers restful privacy mirrored by a unique London view. 

An exclusive hotel guest experience at The Residence

Guests staying here have round the clock access to a private member’s club-style space, The Residence. Open 24-hours and strictly for guests only, it’s hidden from the rest of the hotel, but also conveniently close to the hotel lobby and features exclusive areas to relax, work, or indulge.

A secret passage reveals The Whisky Room, a 14-cover parlour, where guests can explore the world of whisky including the rare, renowned and brand new. The Residence’s Y Bar and The Drawing Room offer an à la carte menu and a curated reserve wine list, complemented by signature house cocktails. And there’s a moving Residence Cart, serving complimentary fresh breakfast items first thing and Mediterranean antipasti later in the day.

Four eating and drinking experiences

The hotel offers four different food and drinks experiences created by Amir Jati, Creative Director of Food & Beverage Service Excellence at Edwardian Hotels London. Jati has over ten years of experience leading Nobu’s global private dining and events team, before taking the helm of The Londoner’s food and beverage outlets.

Whitcomb’s is the hotel’s signature restaurant, showcasing contemporary French cuisine, with influences from Mediterranean cooking. Found on the ground floor, it’s a morning-to-night destination where diners can experience a petit déjeuner, prix fixe lunch, a pre-theatre and an all-day dining menu featuring small plates and mains.

Just off the lobby is The Stage, serving an all-day programme of food and beverage menus centred around the luxury, glamour, elegance and sophistication of its headliner: champagne. The Stage’s offering brings about a fusion of classicism through coveted vintages, prestige cuvées and the finest ingredients with a cosmopolitan and modern attitude, befitting The Londoner’s central location and state of the art design.

Located on the corner of St Martin’s Street and Orange Street, is the hotel’s neighbourhood drinking spot Joshua’s Tavern. It offers over 50 regionally sourced gins, specialising in terroir-led gintonicas, with each going through a five-stage matching process. Led by The Londoner’s Head Mixologist, Pierpaolo Schirru, each match includes a unique combination of garnish, house-infused bitters and tonic, to harmonise, elevate and compliment the botanicals, led by the nuance of the spirits’ terroir.

Take the elevator to the top of The Londoner for some incredible views over the city. This is the setting for the rooftop izakaya lounge, 8 at The Londoner. Combining world-class modern Japanese cuisine (expect the finest ingredients prepared using traditional techniques), innovative mixology, and dramatic design, 8 at The Londoner is timeless yet contemporary.

The Retreat

The home of physical fitness, and results-driven therapies, The Retreat serves as the hotel’s ecosystem for wellness. Bringing a completely new style of holistic retreat and wellness destination to London’s West End, it integrates health, wellbeing and the pleasure of indulgence.

Hotel guests and members have access to a curated edit of tools enabling them to look and feel their best. The Retreat incorporates a private training gym, fitness classrooms for innovative weekly programming, a 25m pool, a barber, a blow-dry bar, a nail bar and Refuel, a sanctuary offering a food and beverage programme designed to refresh, recharge and rejuvenate.

Guests can refuel with detoxifying smoothies, beauty juices, nourishing body wraps, and Ayurvedic morning ritual bowls to-go, at the bar or while relaxing in a secluded cabana.

Final Thoughts

The Londoner Hotel has firmly placed Leicester Square back on the map and this sanctuary of relaxation and luxury in the heart of central London has everything the luxury traveller could desire or need during a stay in the capital. 

This property is included in our guide to the best hotels in London and the best spas in London.

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