One of our favourite London hangouts, the London EDITION in Fitzrovia is set to open from May 17.
The jaw-dropping 173-room hotel will open its doors first, with its highly-acclaimed restaurant, Berners Tavern by Jason Atherton, welcoming guests the very next day.
It’s Rude To Stare stayed the night at the London EDITION the evening before it closed for the last lockdown and we were highly satisfied with the measures in place, from room cleanliness to table spacing.
Here’s what you can expect now the the great unlocking has started…
The London EDITION hotel
On walking into the London EDITION, the gloved and masked doormen opened the door for me to prevent me from touching any handles.
Whenever you walk through the lobby of this hotel you somehow feel like a star with the lofty ceilings and slick surrounding instantly elevating your mood.
The hotel’s signature scent, crafted by NYC-based brand Le Labo, also has a way of seducing.
In terms of the venue, London EDITION is housed within a Georgian townhouse complex which was converted into a hotel (originally named the Berners Hotel) in 1908.
Many of the period features remain, with marble in abundance, grand metalwork and intricately carved ceilings. Modern touches complement these historic treats.
The night before lockdown, check-in was quick and the receptionist was friendly, with the room card sanitised before being handed over.
I checked into room 433, a Deluxe Queen. If you have never been to an EDITION hotel before, then the things you can expect include high attention to detail, minimalist light-coloured furnishings, supremely comfortable beds, and divine smelling Le Labo bath products.
The minibars are also top-notch, with my dinky fridge including everything from a bottle of chilled Krug champagne to some Crystal Head vodka.
Unfortunately, the Berners Tavern restaurant was fully-booked, but there are so many great dining options on the doorstep of the London EDITION that you are never stuck for things to explore on the culinary front.
Before hopping out for the night, I had a shower in the white-mosaic bathroom, complete with a rain shower and backlit mirror.
The scent of Le Labo accompanied me out.
On returning, I rolled into bed and slept like a dream with soft pillows and an exceedingly snuggly duvet.
The next morning, with the sun rising above the rooftops beyond, I popped to the 24-hour gym to get my day off to a good start.
There were sanitising products placed around the well-equipped fitness centre, and I was the only person there so social distancing was no problem.
BERNERS TAVERN BY JASON ATHERTON
Following my morning workout and after doing a bit of work in my room at the desk (the hotel also has high-speed WiFi) I popped downstairs to meet a friend for breakfast.
If you have never been to Berners Tavern, it’s a must-try.
The interiors are a real treat even before you’ve got started on the food.
The expansive triple-height ceiling dining room features dramatic custom chandeliers and walls adorned with a private collection of picturesque landscapes that promise to keep your eyes busy for hours.
The open kitchen is another source of theatre.
The booth-style seating at this venue is perfect for keeping distance from others and if you are dining as a group for a special occasion. They can accommodate up to six guests.
I visited in late December and the food options change seasonally but there’s always a delicious variety of things on offer to suit all tastes, from veggie-only dishes to hearty meat creations.
On my breakfast outing we tried slices of Borough Market sourdough topped with roasted sweet potato, poached eggs and halloumi, and a delicious blend of homemade granola, berries and yoghurt.
In terms of this season, the restaurant says guests can expect the usual best of British offerings with some new creations.
For instance, you can opt to finish the signature mac and cheese with some different toppings, with braised beef blade being one, and the much-requested Buccleuch Estate Cote de Boeuf is tipped to be another star of the show.
So, after so much time apart, the London EDITION is a top spot that will ensure guests and their loved ones will have a reunion to remember… if it’s merely for a drink, some fine food or a heavenly night’s stay.
For further information on The London EDITION, please visit the website www.editionhotels.com. Rates from £295.