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One Leicester Street

1 Leicester Street, London, UK
Neighborhood: Leicester Square

17.0

  • Rooms : 17.0
  • Service : 18.0
  • Public Spaces : 16.5

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Opened in 2011 by the London restaurateurs Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver, One Leicester Street is not so much a hotel with a restaurant attached as a restaurant with a hotel attached. Today it’s is in the very deft hands of the Singapore-based hotelier Loh Lik Peng, a friend of Henderson and Gulliver, but the focus on the food remains the same. It’s perhaps a little unexpected, especially in a location as central as Leicester Square, but in fundamental hospitality terms, the concept could hardly be simpler: come for dinner, stay for the night.

The hotel’s building once belonged to Manzi’s, long a fixture on London’s restaurant scene, so the address is by no means untested. After a thorough rebuild and a smart overhaul by a pair of London design firms, it’s home to fifteen minimal rooms — not minimalist, in the design sense, but basic, in dark blues and grays, with luxe flourishes kept to a minimum. Not that the rooms are by any means dull; antiques and curios from Peng’s extensive collection lend the rooms a dose of eccentric charm, and small touches like bath products from the British fragrance house Penhaligons make a stay perfectly comfy, if not quite extravagant.

In this part of town a hotel that was high-end through and through would have to charge a fortune, and One Leicester Street keeps its rates accessible for dinner guests who’d like to make an all-nighter of it. They range from scarcely more than a bunk to a single “long room,” really three connectable bedrooms stretching the length of the top floor, and some of the rooms have open-plan bathrooms.

It’s not for everyone, and it would be a mistake to go in expecting the full Firmdale treatment. One Leicester Street is, however, exactly the sort of hotel London needs more of — not only is it accessible, both in the geographic and the budgetary sense, but it’s attached to what is by any account one of the area’s best restaurants.

About that restaurant: recently awarded a Michelin star, it’s headed by chef and patron Tom Harris. Just about everything is pickled, smoked or cured in-house, from their own bacon, sausages and smoked fish on the breakfast menu to the hams and salted beef for dinner. And the menu changes daily — reason enough, we think, to stay a second night.

  • One Leicester Street
  • 1 Leicester Street
  • London, UK
  • Neighborhood: Leicester Square

Hotel amenities and services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Free wi-fi
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Wake-up service

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