Soho, in central London, is synonymous with world-class theatre, top shopping and restaurants. So why not make your stay an off-the-scale experience at one of these fashionable, star-studded hotels?
Once the home of 18th-century essayist William Hazlitt, this Georgian town house is evocative of a bygone era. A cosy library pays homage to the literary heritage of the building – also doubling as a haunt for Sir Godfrey, the incumbent rescue cat – and there’s a charming honesty bar hidden in the lounge. The bedrooms in the boutique hotel showcase fine period features including roll-top tubs, toilets in Jacobite love seats and brocade-draped four-poster beds.
The Fernando Botero black cat in the entrance lobby is your first hint that this design-forward hotel rejects stuffy luxury for something a little more playful. That jovial atmosphere runs throughout, with statement prints and vibrant colours often eschewed by more staid hotels. Saying that, there’s still a host of luxe amenities including two cinema-style screening rooms, a fine-dining restaurant and (perhaps the pick of the bunch) a vibrant drawing room with an Aphrodite sculpture by Breon O’Casey, paintings by Peter Collins and a collection of sumptuous sitting areas.
Found in a well-heeled area, the Radisson Blu in Seven Dials is an on-trend chain hotel with an independent spirit. Walls are adorned with futuristic Japanese prints and contemporary art, reflecting the hip industrial decor and vibe. The Monmouth Kitchen in the hotel has evolved into a destination restaurant, known for Peruvian small plates such as sea bass ceviche and lamb cutlets served on a hot lava stone.
Intrinsic to the luxury hotel scene in London, the Savoy has been setting the standard in the capital for more than 130 years. The guestbook is a who’s who of the last 13 decades, with former guests including music hall of famers, Hollywood legends and practically every branch of the royal family tree. The rooms and suites proffer an elegant British style with hanging chandeliers, fireplaces and views over the Thames. The Gordon Ramsey-led Savoy Grill serves a Franco-Anglo menu – opt for the six-course tasting menu – while the American Bar is often ranked among the best cocktail bars on the planet. It’s a 20-minute walk to Soho, or a seven-minute taxi ride.
The Café Royal has been a culinary hub for 150 years. Oscar Wilde adored the enormous wine selection, while Winston Churchill came for steak and champagne. Now you’ll find Cakes & Bubbles, the Albert Adrià-led sweet restaurant, plus the gilded Oscar Wilde Lounge, in which you can take afternoon tea. Modern guest rooms and suites balance modernity and classic design, while once-in-a-lifetime stays are found in signature suites and exclusive wings. Despite the genteel appeal, this Regent Street hotel is also the spiritual home of boxing. It was here in 1867 that the Queensberry Rules were thrashed out; whether or not that inspires you to pick up the sport, there’s an on-site gym here with pro-led classes including TRX, yoga and, yes, boxing.
Airy and debonair, the 173 Scandi-styled rooms at the London Edition boast rich tongue and groove wood panelling, oak flooring and a gold-framed photograph by the esteemed Dutch visual artist Hendrik Kerstens. The entrance lies through a grand, neoclassical frontage set at the Fitzrovia end of Soho. Once inside, guests encounter imposing, high-ceilinged public rooms blending the architecture of the 1800s with dynamic modern design.
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