London has not shortage of stylish lodgings, and the number of establishments that cater to design-conscious travelers is ever increasing. The latest opening to have caught our eye is One Leicester Street, a newly opened hotel + restaurant concept of Singaporean entrepreneur Peng Loh and acclaimed chef Tom Harris. The 15-room propertry is situated in the heart of London’s Chinatown and is the first European outpost of the unlisted collection of boutique hotels and restaurants.
One Leicester Street’s interior design has been concocted by London-based Universal Design Studio and features rooms in a clean contemporary style. Walls and ceilings are lined in slats of white-washed timber, and the setting is complemented by carefully selected custom furnishings and high-end fixtures. Obviously, they come with all the modern amenities, such as a flat-screen TV, a DVD player and free wireless internet.
Heightening the sense of luxe are the range of complimentary bath amenities from Penhaligon’s, a classic British fragrance house. On the ground floor the property features a very stylish all day and late night bar and lounge, decorated in deep blues and grays. The colour scheme extends, albeit somewhat tweaked, to the restaurant at One Leicester Street, a relaxing dining space with black ash timber dining chairs, paired with pristine white tablecloths and bespoke-designed copper pendant lights.
The place not only serves breakfast and brunch, but also lunch and dinner. Offering the very best of British produce, Harris presents the latter two in a daily changing menu and allows guests to share smaller and larger dishes and step outside the more traditional starter, main course and dessert format. An outside terrace, shielded by a Victorian awning, allows al fresco dining while also offering passers by a proper coffee and bite pitstop location.