Dreamily located between the magical Southbank (home to the Tate Modern and National Theatre) and shoppers’ mecca Oxford Street, you'd be hard pushed to find a more central spot from which to explore London than Hotel Indigo Leicester Square.
What's more, it's in the middle of theatreland, on the very square where every premiere worth its salt takes place (last week saw Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper grace the red carpet for A Star Is Born), so it’s no surprise that the 1920s film and theatre scene inspire every thoughtful detail in this boutique bolthole.
An art deco haven crafted from glass and marble, faux-show spotlights hang from the ceiling of rooms and walls are lined with retro framed scripts and photos. Opulent velvet drapes (bearing more than a little resemblance to stage curtains) and gold-accented furnishings complete the décor, imbuing the hotel with a chic, modern-retro vibe. Every one of the 95 bedrooms look out onto the square itself, giving premiere-night guests a front row seat of the arriving celebrities.
The star of the show, however, is Hotel Indigo's sky-high, Gatsby-esque restaurant and bar – the only rooftop terrace in Leicester Square. Plush velvet armchairs and diner-style booths exude comfort and the sweeping, panoramic views towards London’s most iconic sights make this an enchanting place to sip a sundowner - or spend a leisurely evening - taking in the The Shard, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye.
An impressive bar menu showcases intrepid cocktails, from the 'Nothing Rhymes with Purple', crafted using chilli and beetroot infused vodka, to the suave 'Dill Margarita', while the restaurant has a modern European menu with a seasonal focus and serves a range of dishes from nibbles to large plates. Although Hotel Indigo isn't short of entertainment on its doorstep, Chinatown, Covent Garden, and Soho are within a few minutes’ walk, making it the ideal base from which to explore London.
If you're planning a weekend of Christmas shopping in the capital, there's an even better reason to head to Hotel Indigo: perched nine storeys above the bauble adorned Square, the terrace will be serving steaming glasses of mulled wine (sumptuous blankets supplied) from 5th November until 31st December. Cheers!
The rooftop terrace
With street performers and premieres, Leicester Square can be noisy
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Price: Rooms start at £200
Number of rooms: 95 rooms, across three room types