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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Stayed at the Mandrake for three nights. This is a very different hotel, small only 30 odd bedrooms with very quirky alternative art and furnishings. Popular at night with young set. Very friendly staff. We ate dinner one night which was very good. No time to experience breakfast.
Only pain for us was the noise from bars below which reverberated up the middle atrium and could be heard in bedrooms which have balconies onto terrace. By blasting air con we got rid of some of the noise.
Overall enjoyed our stay, excellent location.
I am just going to say it, The Mandrake is the coolest hotel I have been to in a long time. I was in town for business and a colleague took me here for cocktails on the Jurema terrace - a living wall of passion flower and Jasmine was an incredible backdrop to our delicious cocktails (major Instagram moment here).
From the second you walk in through a black hallway (literally black) to get into The Mandrake, you know you are in for a treat there is literally so much to take in from the lobby furniture to the courtyard with its massive fern trees to the bar which had a peacock creature fused with a gazelle ....not to mention the amazing load of artefacts and curiosities lining the bar of Waeska.
I was instantly taken with the fact I genuinely didnt feel like I was in London, there was just a chill vibe, ambient music and so much to see.
The staff are all stunning, cool and able to help.
The Mandrake is worth a trip to experience itself - and it's worth noting here the bathroom is out of this world!
I will be returning soon to stay in this remarkable hotel!
Fantastic location, love the eclectic design, staff extremely friendly, the terrace and courtyard is an oasis of fun @mandrakehotel the even have a gargoyle ! Terrace rooms a bit small but ok for London. Drinks gin and tonic pricey but you are paying For the atmosphere and design and service. I loved it - a real game changer of a hotel, bar, courtyard concept.