The London EDITION
What We Love
- Buzzy destination restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton
- Gin-infused punch bowls served in the oak-paneled Punch Room
- Preloaded iPods and iPads in the guestrooms
- Throwing shapes at Basement, the Ian Schrager–designed basement nightclub
What To Know
- Central location just off Oxford Street, close to the British Museum, West End theaters and Soho
- Historic Georgian building with ultramodern guest rooms
- Advance reservations are recommended for Berners Tavern, especially on weekends
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In an opulent Georgian building just off Oxford Street, this Ian Schrager–designed hotel opened its doors during London Fashion Week 2013, and the super-stylish interiors bring together Dalí-inspired lamps, Donald Judd–style sofas and Art Deco furnishings. The dramatic lobby features hefty marble columns and a giant mirrored egg sculpture, and the 170 guestrooms are equally lavish, with walnut-paneled walls, faux fur throws and elegant recessed lighting. The sleek bathrooms come with walk-in rain showers and custom-made Le Labo beauty products. Feast on contemporary British fare at Berners Tavern, a grand see-and-be-seen dining room helmed by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. After dinner curl up with a quirky cocktail at the Lobby Bar, or enjoy live music and gin-infused punch bowls in the low-lit, oak-paneled Punch Room.
In the Area
The pick of London’s best restaurants are on the doorstep, from newbie hipster joint Social Eating House to Soho stalwart Kettners. Fill up on dim sum and Chinese pastries at Yauatcha or get a caffeine fix at Foxcroft & Ginger. Shopping thoroughfare Oxford Street is just around the corner, or hit Carnaby Street and Kingly Court for smaller independent boutiques and to browse Liberty, arguably the city’s prettiest department store, where creaky staircases lead to artfully designed rooms stocked with luxe labels.
How to Get There
I had an issue during my stay. During the late evening, I was ironing a shirt, pants and suit for the next day. I had the TV on, and mid-way through ironing, the TV shut off. I discovered the iron stopped and there was no electricity in the outlets nor for the mini-fridge in the room. Essentially, I had tripped a circuit. I guess the electricity in the room is on a different circuit, because it was unaffected. The main issue was my security: the telephones would not operate and based on the time of day (near midnight) I was unable to inform anyone in the hotel about my situation without dressing and walking to the front deck.
I notified the front desk manager the next morning and he listened carefully and was very apologetic. He later left a very nice note indicating that if I contacted him again, he would make special arrangements for me. I felt very taken care of and appreciated those gestures very much.
The Lobby bar is nothing short of brilliant. Great service, good music and the funniest array of people some of which lead to brilliant and hilarious conversations. Security is tight so we were never in a conversation we did not want - Had one of the funniest evenings that I remember her. Was kindly thown out somewhere around 0230 as a non-guests.
Our group was traveling to England for a festival which ended up being cancelled last minute. Four of us were stranded without accommodations and the lovely Sabine at The London EDITION was able to make arrangements for us to stay in a gorgeous double room for the entirety of our trip. The hotel is magnificent with warm and friendly staff at every turn. We had wonderful interactions with Courtney at the front desk, Lorenzo our bellman, Amadou from security and Sabrina and Freddie from the Concierge desk. We didn't get a chance to eat at Berners but we did order room service for breakfast which was absolutely delightful. Everything about the stay was perfect, we didn't want to leave! Highly recommend to anyone visiting London.