Planning a trip to London to immerse yourself in the city’s underground theatre scene in 2020? You’re in luck: a new five-starred property is gearing up to open deep within the British capital, and we mean that rather literally.
Coming to Leicester Square mid-2020, The Londoner, the latest offering by none other than Edwardian Hotels London (you know, the group behind one of our personal favourite hide-outs, the deluxe May Fair), promises to shake up the city’s luxury hospitality sector. It’s heralded as the ‘world’s first super boutique hotel of staggering scale’, and with investment north of £300 million and a further £175 million to exceed the industry’s highest sustainability standards, we should stress that scale is really cue here. Though don’t expect another high-rise to scrape the London sky.
Instead, the Woods Bagot-designed and Yabu Pushelberg-fitted Londoner will be a contemporary complement to its West End neighbours in height (with 350 rooms and suites spread across eight above-ground floors) and theme: two private screening rooms six floors below reception are set to bring Hollywood magic to new, well, depths of intimacy – you know what we mean.
Joining its subterranean cinemas, the property that’s a proud Preferred Hotels & Resorts member will also boast one of central London’s largest ballrooms, a state-of-the-art spa, swimming pool, gym and hair salon down below, effectively making The Londoner’s boujee basement the latest pamper palace to grace the Big Smoke.
Though while most of the action is set to take place iceberg-style below the surface, bathophobics need not worry. There’s plenty to enjoy above-ground as well: from an ambitious six concept restaurants, a tavern featuring daily live-music and, to quite literally top it all, a Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace home to London’s highest fire pit. Meet us by the elevator.