Polina Sova

The Londoner

  • Where:
  • Why:Last London hurrah before the big relocation from Europe to Bali
  • When:February 2022
  • Who:Selflove
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The Londoner At the door you are met by a well-dressed lobby with a stunning Moon installation by Andrew Rae along with works by Tim Walker, Tracey Emin, Idris Khan, Marc Quinn.. You get it, it’s a strong artwork game in here

At the door you are met by a well-dressed lobby with a stunning Moon installation by Andrew Rae along with works by Tim Walker, Tracey Emin, Idris Khan, Marc Quinn.. You get it, it’s a strong artwork game in here

The Londoner Across Leicester Square, dodging tourists on a mission for M&M’s and Legos, you arrive at arguably the best named London hotel, The Londoner. Standing 8 floors tall, hiding 6 floors below ground and 350 rooms behind Ian Monroe's tiled façade, is a new phenomena — a

Across Leicester Square, dodging tourists on a mission for M&M’s and Legos, you arrive at arguably the best named London hotel, The Londoner. Standing 8 floors tall, hiding 6 floors below ground and 350 rooms behind Ian Monroe's tiled façade, is a new phenomena — a "super boutique hotel"

The Londoner A very personal welcome consisting of a bottle of white and polaroids of myself (!!) waited for me in the room. I must say that made me feel quite special, and a little afraid — the opera glasses + the view... Is to spy on the PM at the Parliament or is that a hint that someone is spying on me…?

A very personal welcome consisting of a bottle of white and polaroids of myself (!!) waited for me in the room. I must say that made me feel quite special, and a little afraid — the opera glasses + the view... Is to spy on the PM at the Parliament or is that a hint that someone is spying on me…?

The Londoner What I look for in a hotel room is a high quality refuge, a space to reset and put life on pause. The Londoner's room does exactly that. Uncomplicated and chic, it is a breath of fresh air

What I look for in a hotel room is a high quality refuge, a space to reset and put life on pause. The Londoner's room does exactly that. Uncomplicated and chic, it is a breath of fresh air

The Londoner The bathroom features not only glam tiles and a Hollywood mirror, in tune with Leicester Square movie premiers, but also some very admirable sustainable highlights. The water saving Hansgrohe shower head, Bette bathtub, which is 100% recyclable and extra shallow for saving water, in-room recycling bins and no miniatures or single use plastics! Hurray!

The bathroom features not only glam tiles and a Hollywood mirror, in tune with Leicester Square movie premiers, but also some very admirable sustainable highlights. The water saving Hansgrohe shower head, Bette bathtub, which is 100% recyclable and extra shallow for saving water, in-room recycling bins and no miniatures or single use plastics! Hurray!

The Londoner I spy with my little eye, a gorgeous view of Trafalgar Square under a brooding English sky. What is London without the rain anyways? A city too good to be true

I spy with my little eye, a gorgeous view of Trafalgar Square under a brooding English sky. What is London without the rain anyways? A city too good to be true

The Londoner Main area of the lobby is the Stage, a dusty pink extravaganza of a champagne bar serving breakfast, afternoon tea and aperitivo. On weekends there is a live band and...

Main area of the lobby is the Stage, a dusty pink extravaganza of a champagne bar serving breakfast, afternoon tea and aperitivo. On weekends there is a live band and...

The Londoner If you sneak passed the band, you will find a secret, golden stairs leading up to The Residence, a guest only 24 hr open work room with games, complimentary drinks and snacks, and two more stunning bars, a Whiskey Room and marbled Y bar. The Londoner is an adult playground

If you sneak passed the band, you will find a secret, golden stairs leading up to The Residence, a guest only 24 hr open work room with games, complimentary drinks and snacks, and two more stunning bars, a Whiskey Room and marbled Y bar. The Londoner is an adult playground

The Londoner On the bottom floor is The Retreat. A space offering a 12.5 meter pool, a hot hydro pool, steam room, sauna, therapy rooms for massage and acupuncture, a barbershop, hair & nail salon PLUS Refuel juice bar AND a state of the art gym that you can become a member of. Wow that was a long sentence!

On the bottom floor is The Retreat. A space offering a 12.5 meter pool, a hot hydro pool, steam room, sauna, therapy rooms for massage and acupuncture, a barbershop, hair & nail salon PLUS Refuel juice bar AND a state of the art gym that you can become a member of. Wow that was a long sentence!

The Londoner I went to the gym, can’t prove me wrong there. This is just the yoga/ stretch/“I know what I'm doing” room. The rest of the space is a PT’s wet dream, every piece of body perfectioning machinery known to chiselled man

I went to the gym, can’t prove me wrong there. This is just the yoga/ stretch/“I know what I'm doing” room. The rest of the space is a PT’s wet dream, every piece of body perfectioning machinery known to chiselled man

The Londoner Whitcombs, one of three restaurants on the property, serving French Mediterranean, is a large restaurant, but with a clever layout, columns and curtained room separators, feels and sounds very intimate

Whitcombs, one of three restaurants on the property, serving French Mediterranean, is a large restaurant, but with a clever layout, columns and curtained room separators, feels and sounds very intimate

The Londoner The highlight was grilled lobster with Cognac, mustard, Gruyère and black truffle accompanied with layered potato chips and the wine! The sommelier impressed with an impeccable pairing giving us a little casual wine lowdown to boot

The highlight was grilled lobster with Cognac, mustard, Gruyère and black truffle accompanied with layered potato chips and the wine! The sommelier impressed with an impeccable pairing giving us a little casual wine lowdown to boot

The Londoner What a lovely stay this was! What lingers in the memory is the staff, happy to answer any silly question, really taking their time. And the umbrella you see hanging on the wall? It has a wooden duck head for handle that will make you dance in the London rain

What a lovely stay this was! What lingers in the memory is the staff, happy to answer any silly question, really taking their time. And the umbrella you see hanging on the wall? It has a wooden duck head for handle that will make you dance in the London rain

Highs & Lows

  • The Londoner plays the sustainability card seriously. It utilizes new technologies and materials that reduce energy requirements by up to 30% which earned them an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating. An advanced food waste management system is in place. ‘Heatsavr Liquid’ pool cover for heat loss and evaporation reduction. ‘Monika’ Temperature monitoring for food storage that monitors performance and breakdowns, preventing energy loss. Plus in-room recycling bins and no single use plastic in rooms. Yey!

  • Considering there are a total of 14 floors and at least half a dozen guest elevators, one never has to wait longer than a minute. I don’t understand how

  • The amenities of the hotel are top notch, no corners were cut at the pool, sauna, spa, lounges or salons

  • I like a good smelling hotel, but The Londoner spritzes a little too much

  • I understand the logic behind having a 5 star hotel smack bang on Leicester Square in West End for practicality reasons to the film stars, but this star is not a fan of the location

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Super Boutique Hotel

  • Vibe

    New London glam

  • Location

    Smack bang in the middle of Leicester Square

  • Rooms

    350 including 46 suites

  • Pre-Arrival Experience

    Lovely communication with the Purple PR and the hotel

  • Future Forward

    Next level! The Londoner utilizes new technologies and materials that reduce energy requirements by up to 30%

  • Music

    Calm jazz in the lobby, Bedouin tunes at spa, indie pop at The Residence

  • Year Opened

    September 2021

  • Designed By

    Interior by Yabu Pushelbergs, lead architect Rob Steul

  • Health & Wellness

    3 X yes! Lush and lusher

  • Food

    8 at the Londoner is a Japanese izakaya, Whitcomb’s a classy French affair and Stage for champagne breakfasts and afternoon teas

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Shima Garden at 8 at the Londoner for sake, Joshua Tavern a pub with gin and beer as it’s specialty and the secret Whiskey Room, available only to the hotel guests

  • Minibar & Retail

    Up market liquor, premixed miniature cocktails, Nespresso machine and cookies

  • Accessibility

    Yes, 8 rooms

  • Pet Friendly

    Yes, but for an extra fee

  • Children

    Yes! But they will have to stay in their own rooms as no extra beds are possible to arrange. Also special swimming times for kids at the pool

  • Price

    On the steep side, starting at £500

  • Tel.

    +44 20 7451 0101

  • Website

    Visit website

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