By Katie Wilson
First came the boutique hotel. Now, the world’s first ‘super boutique’ hotel has landed in London.
The Londoner is a new category of hotel, which with 16 sprawling floors, 350 rooms and costing £300 million to build, is staggering in scale, but boutique in its design and feel.
Billing itself as an urban resort, The Londoner in Leicester Square, finally opens its doors on September 6 – and here’s a first look inside.
Bedrooms are loft inspired and open plan with floor-to-ceiling windows, boasting incredible views across the capital.
The smallest rooms are the cosy Queens, which are still luxurious by anyone’s standards.
Suites range from Junior to the Tower Penthouse, a two-storey apartment in the sky which includes a multitude of extra treats, plus entry via a secret VIP entrance.
The best room in the house also comes with a personal mixologist, Olivia von Halle silk pyjamas to take home, plus a Burberry mackintosh to wear for the duration of your stay.
If you’re staying at the hotel, which is part of the Edwardian Hotels group, you automatically get access to The Residence – three beautiful guest-only spaces.
These include The Y Bar, The Drawing Room and The Whisky Room, the latter of which you enter through a secret powder room door.
Guests also get access to The Londoner’s swimming pool, gym and superfood clinic, Refuel, plus priority to daily curated experiences in the capital.
Exclusive areas which can be hired out are the The Ballroom, The Green Room and The Gallery, which houses the hotel’s private art collection.
There is a subterranean wellness floor called The Retreat, featuring a pool and hydropool surrounded by chic cabanas, two treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art gym and a hair and nail salon.
Those interested in becoming members can enquire to join The Retreat to access exclusive perks.
When it comes to food and drink, there are six concept restaurants, including the clean- living Refuel superfood clinic.
The Stage is where to head for afternoon tea or a champagne breakfast. Whitcomb’s is the hotel’s signature all-day dining restaurant serving up French cuisine. It also has a ground-floor outdoor terrace.
Joshua’s Tavern, inspired by 18th century artist and former Leicester Square resident Sir Joshua Reynolds, is a bar for gin lovers which regularly hosts live music.
Up on the eighth floor is the Japanese rooftop restaurant, 8 at The Londoner, a decadent izakaya lounge centred around a firepit and offering breathtaking views of the city.
Led by former Nobu chef Kuenhi Won, food is served in small plates designed to be shared, including robata, sashimi and sushi rolls.
Those wanting a unique skyline experience can book a table in the Shima Garden, which serves a taste of 8 menu.
Rooms start from £485 a night
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