On the edge of Soho, The London Edition is a beautiful boutique hotel. We were invited to a wedding showcase here, and to see exactly what it had to offer.
Escaping from the busyness of Oxford Circus, The London Edition is calm and peaceful. With a grand and impressive foyer blending traditional Grade 2 listed features and modern art in the form of a giant shiny egg shaped sculpture, it feels cool whilst reassuringly comforting. The hotel was formerly five town houses, so the grand lobby is huge, housing a pool table and bar under its intricately detailed high ceiling.
Weddings at The London Edition
We were met with a glass of prosecco and set off for the wedding showcase where we saw the different rooms that they host wedding receptions in. The London Edition can host up to 80 guests in their studio 2, which would be a great blank canvas to stamp your personality on for your wedding day, but the gem of their wedding accommodation is their Basement.
With a bar, state of the art sound system and custom lighting, the Basement is like your own private nightclub. It’s got an industrial modern feel, with wood panels and exposed brick, and can be transformed from banquet to nightclub for your celebrations. You don’t have to worry about curfews or disturbing your neighbours here, as it’s underground and totally silent from above.
Another really fun room is the Punch Room, where we were treated to one of 30 specially designed cocktails. This space is members only, and is dark, cool and intimate, with a soundtrack of the funkiest soul and blues. An escape from the crowds outside, you can hire the space for exclusive use.
After saying hi to some of our supplier friends and visiting others, we headed to our room along calming chic grey corridors. Our room was panelled in light wood, a contrast to the heavy dark wood of the lift we had travelled up in! The space was contemporary, modern and so peaceful. White tiles and a big rainforest shower brought all the right vibes to the coolest of bathrooms, with custom Le Labo products to relax and unwind.
We stayed in a deluxe room, and the little touches of a fur throw and sweet homemade cookies and milk made the stay super special. It all reflects the calmness of the hotel, encouraging you to stay awhile, get cosy and escape the busy world outside. And indeed it is busy, as Oxford Circus is just outside the window, making The London Edition a great location for a shopping trip, or central London hen weekend.
Dining at The London Edition
We dined in Berners Tavern, the hotel’s restaurant where Michelin starred head chef, Jason Atherton has created a simply beautiful menu in the most stunning of surroundings. The walls are filled – a gallery of paintings and pictures below a plaster frieze incredible intricate ceiling. Again, the fusion of modern design sits beautifully with traditional paintings and architecture. Seating is cosy, with booths and tables, but nothing stretches higher than the paintings, creating a spectacular panoramic display.
The food was wonderful and the service delightful. We started with a signature cocktail – Sharp – which listed Martini Bitter, grapefruit and chilli shrub in its ingredients, and was sublime. Then on to the food! Focaccia with peas and broad beans, gnocchi for my main and the most divine peanut and chocolate ganache with toasted peanut mousse. It was just like an incredible homemade Snickers bar! The menu is local, varied and seasonal, and we felt utterly relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.
On our way back to our room we swung by the lobby which had transformed itself. There was a proper buzz, with music and a bustling bar – it would be a great place for pre dinner drinks, or an after dinner spot if you’re looking for a party vibe.
After the buzz of the lobby, our room was serene and calming, and we appreciated the turn down service before resting our weary heads on a luxurious bed.
Breakfast at The London Edition
Breakfast came with a great atmosphere, we could imagine a wonderful post-wedding breakfast here, with family catching up and enjoying a good breakfast. After scrambled eggs, avocado, toast and juice, we took a sneaky peek at the penthouse.
With dark panelled walls, a light floor and neutral colour palette, the penthouse suite is sleek and elegant, but has that cosy vibe with soft rug and comfy sofas. It comes at a cool £12,000 per night, but would be a wonderful place to get ready for a wedding, with its own kitchen, lounge, study and rooftop terrace which would be a lovely spot for wedding photos. The perfect honeymoon suite, it also has a separate access and you could even host a meal, or enjoy a private dining experience at its huge dining table.
We had a thoroughly lovely stay at The London Edition. We loved the modern, cool vibe it exudes, whilst retaining its old fashioned charm in the original features that have been preserved and accentuated beautifully. I think this would be a gorgeous spot for a hen weekend, family meal or wedding reception; with a choice of rooms to stamp your personality on, and the whole place has a really cool vibe.
Editions around the world
Edition hotels are situated around the world, with locations such as New York, Shanghai and Miami Beach. This is the only one in the UK, so we were delighted to have stayed there. The next one opens this year in West Hollywood… maybe we’ll see what that one has to offer one day!
We were gifted this stay in return for a review of the hotel. But our opinions are all our own!