Preferred Legend status rightfully applies to The Londoner
Located in Leicester Square, the centerpiece of London’s West End, The Londoner is a new 5-star hotel offering 350 rooms, 35 suites, several restaurants and lounges, an open rooftop bar, an underground spa, a swimming pool, a cinema and a ballroom for up to 1,000 people.
The Londoner is part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection, and last Friday I was invited to visit and experience what, at a cost of Â£ 500million, has been added to the luxury hotel scene of London.
A courteous doorman opens the lobby door and you are immediately transported to a very special place, it’s not clear why, this is simply the case. The staff are plentiful and helpful when asked for directions to the rooftop bar, 8.
As the elevator door opens, once again you’ve come to a special place, this time it’s very obvious why. There is no roof, it is retractable and as the day was bathed in bright sunshine it was open. The area is described by the owners as “Izakaya”, a Japanese pub, although unlike any pubs I have been to. It’s a quiet space and, like the lobby, it’s completely occupied by extremely competent people, dressed in perfectly fitting uniforms. The attention to every detail had clearly been taken into account.
Brenda Collin, EVP Europe, Preferred Hotels & Resorts welcomed the assembled group of journalists and hoteliers from across Europe to The Londoner, who then joined her for lunch at Whitcomb’s to talk about hotels and all things related. The Londoner.
Not only is The Londoner on its way to becoming a destination hotel, but Whitcomb’s, which offers French Mediterranean cuisine, also appears to be on its way to becoming a destination restaurant. The food was exquisite and the service unfussy a winning combination.
After lunch, a hotel tour took us 30m below the reception, as six floors of the Londoner are underground. The hotel has the deepest livable commercial building basement in London.
The basement houses exceptional leisure and banqueting facilities, including a two-screen cinema and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,000 people.
The Londoner is a destination in its own right, created by transforming a very small site into a world-class destination.
Thank you, Brenda and the Preferred team for the privilege of such a pleasant experience.
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