Long table with red stools

The Londoner – Leicester Square

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When this super-boutique hotel opened in 2021, it was a much-needed boost for Leicester Square. Six years in the making and spread across 16 storeys, it’s all bells-and-whistles – from the two-screen cinema to the vast ballroom and the subterranean wellness floor where the tranquil pool is surrounded by cabanas (ideal for escaping the West End bustle). Sleek, serene interiors with a neutral palette come courtesy of international design studio Yabu Pushelberg (those staying in the hotel have access to The Residence, three guest-only socialising spaces). There is also a handful of must-try bars and restaurants, including French fine dining Whitcomb’s with influences from the Mediterranean; Joshua’s Tavern, inspired by 18th-century artist Joshua Reynolds which specialises in terroir-led gins; and The Stage which is the place for a grown-up afternoon tea or glass of champagne (there’s often live music at weekends). Perhaps the biggest buzz though is 8 at The Londoner, the izakaya rooftop bar with a terrace offering top-draw cityscape views.

Doubles from £555

+44 (0)20 7451 0101; thelondoner.com

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Junior Suite, sofa with side table and doorway leading to bedroom
Large pool
Long table with red stools