Housed in a indexed 1950s construction close to Oxford Side road, you should simply be forgiven for considering that at the back of the understated white external lie flooring of places of work containing grey-suited employees quietly tapping away at their keyboards.

However once I catch sight of a extremely photogenic pouting purple lips settee, simply within the huge, theatrical foyer, I do know that is going to be no odd lodge.

The Courtyard Garden is a tranquil haven. Picture Niall Clutton.

The Courtyard Lawn is a tranquil haven. Image Niall Clutton.


Sanderson London used to be at the start a textiles manufacturing unit, since remodeled with prospers from dressmaker Philippe Starck right into a “surreal Cocteau-like dream international” – in what’s billed because the “unique design lodge”.

Hidden in London’s West Finish its compelling mixture of stress-free luxurious and dazzling Technicolor touches have given it a name as a celeb hang-out, enjoying host to the likes of Nicole Kidman and Mariah Carey.

On arrival I head over to the reception, in entrance of theatrical curtains, and catch glimpses of the Billiard Room, embellished with impressive stained glass home windows, and an architecturally labeled Heritage Lawn, no much less – one of the vital shocking consuming and consuming areas to be had.

Even the elevate provides to the enjoy with partitions and ceiling coated in a virtual display screen showcasing a depressing star-clad sky.

Room provider

The lodge has 150 rooms, suites and a penthouse. My room is a shocking distinction to the intense colors noticed downstairs, basically embellished in white; the paintings of inner dressmaker Tim Andreas of Banjo. The megastar of the display is the giant freestanding silver-ended sleigh mattress with probably the most immaculately crease-free mattress linen I’ve ever noticed.

There’s a Lavazza espresso system, a desk and small settee, whilst the huge rest room has an enormous freestanding bathtub and Ciel Reserve merchandise.

Wining and eating

A few of the lodge’s many consuming and consuming spaces are Berners Terrace at the floor flooring, an incredibly quiet spot given its on-street location.

There’s additionally the Red Bar, a bijou cocktail joint fusing purples, lavenders and violets – and darkish sufficient to indisputably enchantment to A-listers looking for a glam however under-the-radar consuming venue, whilst it additionally does cocktail categories. Then there’s the 80-foot sparkling onyx Lengthy Bar coated with white chairs every embellished with a big eye at the again providing you with the sensation of being at the catwalk and the point of interest of consideration as you stroll in.

However within the night time I head to the adjoining courtyard, which quickly climbs the record of the most efficient consuming and consuming venues I’ve ever visited in London. It’s tranquil excluding the quiet chatter of different tables and stress-free background noise of the water options, whilst the golf green foliage is offset with red lights. It’s a very good surroundings to tuck into the lodge’s well-known Mad Hatters Tipsy Night time Tea, which invitations visitors to “tumble down the rabbit hollow”.

I’m a day tea veteran however that is one thing else – candy treats akin to purple and white toadstools formed from marshmallow and a dice of layered chocolate cake embellished with a chocolate mini chess items and board. Curiouser and curiouser is the savoury theme of the scones. The entire enjoy comes with a number of Alice-inspired cocktails.

Price getting off the bed for

The British Museum is a couple of blocks away, whilst each Marylebone and Regent’s Park also are inside simple succeed in. Nearest of all is Oxford Side road, and you should do worse than hit the department stores ahead of coming again for afternoon or night time tea and cocktails. I’m up early the next day to come to go to Heathrow, and due to an alarm name I’m no longer “past due for an important date”.

Price range or boutique?

The ne plus extremely of boutique, the Starck touches lengthen to my room with a few clever however sensible silver dumbbells sitting on a shelf. I’d figure out much more ceaselessly if it used to be this trendy.

Little extras

My bed room additionally has pieces akin to males’s and girls’ razors and shaving foam, for a rate – however, extra excitingly, within the foyer I spot one of the vital forged of EastEnders who has ventured into the West Finish for the night time.

Guestbook feedback

A compelling mixture of decadent theatrics and spa-style sanctuary, Sanderson could have moved clear of textiles, nevertheless it now has a plum function as a stunning flash of sequins within the numerous tapestry of London’s lodge scene.

Double rooms at Sanderson London get started from £239 in line with room in line with night time. 50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG (020-7300 1400).



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