The Mandrake Hotel
What We Love
- An onsite greenhouse that doubles as a private dining space
- Velvet headboards in each of the 30 guest rooms
- A 30-candle chandelier in the lobby
- Truffle-washed vodka at the hotel’s cocktail bar Waeska
What To Know
- The hotel’s first-floor bar, Jurema, is for guests only
- The outdoor courtyard here is void of cellphone signal
- The hotel hosts an artist-in-residence program that welcomes a rotating door of local creators—many who leave their pieces behind
- Instead of a traditional spa, the hotel offers a “soul retrieval” program, consisting of sensory therapies like full moon gong baths and vibro-acoustic massages
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Dreamy, souk-inspired sanctuary in London’s West End and a hit with the city’s fashion set
Much like the hallucinogenic herb it’s named after, this dramatic hideout contains all the trappings of an otherworldly escape: there are boudoir-inspired digs, a dining room lined in vermillion lacquer, and a tropical watering hole that whisks you far, far away from your redbrick townhouse surroundings. Feed your wanderlust further at Serge et le Phoque, the British counterpart to a Michelin-starred original in Hong Kong where the sumptuous French and Spanish accented menu (sea bream and pineapple ceviche; langoustine paella) takes cues from the chef’s own mottled heritage. If the art here seems especially provocative (don’t miss the taxidermied peacock-gazelle hybrid at the cocktail lounge, or resin cubes with petrified wood that are scattered throughout the lobby), it’s because this surreal property is the fever dream of Beirut-born businessman Rami Fustok, whose mother Bushra is a contemporary British sculptor.
In the Area
Fitzrovia, a leafy residential pocket just north of Soho, is a charming blend of Neo-classical mansions and former warehouses (onetime residents included Virginia Woolf and Dylan Thomas among other literary greats). Thanks to a new crop of cutting-edge galleries—including one dedicated solely to work from the African diaspora and another that showcases internet artistry—attracted to the area’s relatively cheap rents, an area-wide resurgence is afoot. Despite the Mandrake’s decidedly hush-hush vibe, you’re just a 6-minute walk from the Tottenham Court Road tube station, and a couple of miles from Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and the shops of Oxford Street.
How to Get There
An absolutely incredible hotel with a relaxed funky vibe. The decor is to die for and top quality. Service was exceptional - the staff are incredibly attentive, friendly and down to earth. One of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in.
A terrific find in the heart of Fitzrovia. This new hotel is small and intimate offering all the luxury amenities you need. It is well situated near SOHO, Oxford ST, restaurants, pubs, boutiques and UCL walkable. The service was very friendly and accommodating. Breakfast was delicious in the attached "Serge" restaurant. The intimate little bar offers a relaxing after work/touring wind down refuge. It has a beautiful "WIFI detox" outdoor green walled terraced garden which would be beautiful in the warmer weather.
It was a bit awkward to find but we got there.
Quite dark atmosphere that's created but it suits the hotel well.
Quite expensive in my opinion for what you get for a room but the staff are lovely and really helpful.
We had a terrace room and it was lovely with a fantastic ensuite. The usual complimentary toilets and a mini bar with extras on the desk.
Checked in at 2pm and check out was 11am. They have a restaurant with the hotel which offers breakfast as well as supper.
Their bar keeps with the throughout theme. Offers bar snacks & a really good cocktail menu.
We had heard good things about Serge et Le Phoque Hong Kong and were pleased to book a birthday dinner at the London version. The booking process (via OpenTable) was easy and we were able to communicate our gluten-free requirements ahead of our visit.
The hotel reception and bar area, with its unique interior decor, gave us a glimpse of the beautiful boutique property. The restaurant itself was a simply designed affair, compared to the tropical ambience of the terrace. Disappointingly, with the partition between the terrace and restaurant open during our visit, tobacco smoke from people smoking in the terrace wafted into the restaurant, making the air unpleasant for non-smoking diners.
The focus obviously was the food. As soon as we tasted the grilled aubergine (starter), we knew we had made a good choice. The highlight of our meal was the seafood paella. Every bite was delicious and the seafood cooked to perfection. All the ingredients tasted fresh. The wine suggestion also worked brilliantly.
Overall, this was a memorable meal in a beautiful hotel.
The location was on spot. A 5 minute walk brings you to oxford street.
The staff was very friendly and helpfull.
The venue was amazing, felt calm and looks gorgeous! I would recommend this place!
(Breakfast was great)