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
We arrived early but they found us a room that met all our needs. The rooms are new and well fitted, nice and clean with beautiful beds and bedding. The room we were in was one of the smaller ones but ample for our purposes. The shower is such a pleasure with overhead and jets, just what you need from a day's sightseeing.
The public bar and restaurant were busy which helped towards the atmosphere.
The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, Charlie gave us his name and deserves a mention.
Serge was such an amazing experience, I am so sad that it closed down! Devastated!
It was one of the best paellas of my life.
We went back to the bar by Serge which was such a lovely experience too.
Haven't tried the rooms though!
But will be back to try the new restaurant I guess
Booked into the Mandrake on a Thursday night.
I thought I’d booked a hotel room. But room 6 may as well have been in the middle of a club.
Okay so I may be old fashioned but hotel residents who book a room should be warned off if all they want is somewhere to sleep.
The bass was so loud sleep was impossible.
Oh and if sleep was possible the Duty Manager ( at least that’s who he said he was) walked into my room unannounced at 2230, followed by a call from reception, followed by the Duty Manger making a second attempt to get into my room at 2250 meant staying awake and vigilant was not such a bad option.
What a waste of £315.
Really struggled with this one...
On one hand, this is lovely place in the centre of London. A boutique, quirky, characteristic, fashionable hotel. All of the staff were incredibly welcoming and helpful.
On the other hand... all of the above apply to the bar as well... and it’s all connected by a impressive open atrium which carried the noise to our room on the terrace. The bass could make it difficult for some people to sleep; fortunately not us.
The room was nice (terrace #6), if a little bit small. All amenities available except for coffee & tea making.
Enjoyed our stay, and would come back if we were having a party trip!
What a place!! Stayed here for one night I wish I booked for longer! The staff were so friendly and very accommodating. Charlie made us feel so welcome, more like friends than guests. If you want a hotel with something different, some amazing character and something different to your traditional hotel, this is the place. We loved it here, thank you for the hospitality.