Located at 1 Leicester Square, the decor of Hotel Indigo London is one that would instantly appeal to theatre lovers, but you don't have to have a passion for the performing arts to appreciate these aesthetics.
Designed by award-winning architects Michaelis Boyd (Battersea Power Station Homes, African Safari Lodges, Soho House Los Angeles, Byron Restaurants), the boutique hotel, inspired by theatre-land, takes its cue from the stage and the screen and places you in the heart of the glamorous cinematic district.
Stylish and plush furnishings make this the kind of hotel that you'd be happy to call a home away from home. Here, we take you through some highlights.
1. First impressions count
From the moment you walk through the front doors it feels like you've stepped into an exclusive and flamboyant backstage world. It's quite the transition from the busy, bustling surroundings of Leicester Square into the alluring art-deco inspired lobby that's bursting with character. Here, a monochrome tiled floor, rich blue velvet and gold banquettes and vintage cinema seats set the scene.
2. The rooms
It's glamorous but not too over-the-top and it's the perfect combination of luxe furnishings and raw materials. Highlights of the former include plush velvet, stage-inspired curtains and armchairs. Meanwhile, use of raw materials from theatre productions include wooden floorboards and backstage lighting.
From the solid wood table to the brass lamp, the interiors perfectly complement one another. Framed authentic scripts adorn the walls, gently spot lit with stage lights hanging from rigging. The contemporary, sanctuary-like bathrooms feature urban lighting, while the chaise longue by the window offers the perfect moment for reflection. The rooms are well laid-out but are on the small and cosy side.
All 95 rooms are an ode to different stages in the screenplay process. The bedroom themes are as follows:
- Scriptwriter Rooms channel a playwright’s study, making it an inspiring and poetic space. With drafts of scripts framed as artwork, robust materials create a personal and intimate atmosphere that is also very calming and reflective.
- Backstage Rooms reference the stars’ dressing rooms and comes complete with the technical fittings of a stage: spotlights, ropes, and illuminated, flamboyant Hollywood-style dressing room mirrors. All the glitz and glamour you could possibly want is right here.
- Auditorium Rooms capture the exclusive experience of a private theatre box, making you feel every inch the VIP. At the bottom of the bespoke banquette in each room, gold plate numbers reference auditorium seating and luxe polished plaster is reminiscent of the historic patina of a theatre.
3. It's all about the views
Thanks to a glamorous sky-high restaurant and bar, which includes the only rooftop terrace in Leicester Square, this unique vantage point enables guests to enjoy a cocktail (or two), indulge in food, and experience a sweeping panorama of the London skyline and world class film premieres in the heart of Leicester Square directly below.
4. The location
The West End is quite literally on your doorstep, enabling you to perfectly plan your day and night. Chinatown and Piccadilly Circus are both a minute away, while Covent Garden is just a 5 minutes walk away, with Soho and Trafalgar Square just a six minutes walk. It's in great walking distance to several London Underground tube stations (Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Covent Garden), buses and London Overground services (Charing Cross), as well as being regularly served by taxis.
Restaurants and coffee shops are quite literally on every corner; you'll be spoilt for choice, and if it's shopping you're after, head to the nearby Covent Garden, Regent's Street or Oxford Street.
All the details:
- Hotel Indigo London – 1 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7NA, United Kingdom
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