The Londoner reveals restaurant and bar lineup

6 Aug 2021 by Mark Caswell
8 at The Londoner

The Londoner is finally set to open its doors on the southwest corner of Leicester Square this September, and ahead of this the hotel has unveiled its lineup of food and beverage outlets.

There will be a total of six restaurants and bars, including the rooftop Japanese izakaya lounge 8 at The Londoner which will feature indoor and outdoor seating, a Shima Garden, and dishes by head chef Kuenhi Won, previously of Nobu.

The ground floor signature restaurant Whitcomb’s will have street and hotel access and will offer contemporary French cooking with influences from surrounding Mediterranean cuisines, with dishes by executive head chef Shailesh Deshmukh including escargot with white wine, garlic and n’duja lemon butter; and seared filet mignon with chanterelle and aged Parmesan crème.

Joshua's Tavern at The Londoner hotel

Other venues will include Joshua’s Tavern, inspired by 18th-century portrait artist and Leicester Square local Sir Joshua Reynolds and featuring over 50 regionally sourced gins, The Stage lobby restaurant and bar centred around champagne, and Refuel within the hotel’s spa area offering detoxifying smoothies, beauty juices and Ayurvedic morning ritual bowls.

There will also be a venue for hotel guests only called The Residence, which will offer complimentary items from the Residence Cart, as well as the Y Bar, Drawing Room and Whisky Room.

Guests will also be able to order from the in-room “dining magazine”, which will include “a collection of gifts and celebratory moments handcrafted and selected by the chefs, sommeliers and mixologists, to be enjoyed in the comfort of the bedroom”.

Edwardian Hotels had originally planned to open its flagship London property in the summer of 2020, but this was pushed back several times due to the onset of Covid-19.

The Londoner delays opening again

The 350-room and 35-suite property is being dubbed the UK’s “deepest” hotel, with the lowest floor some 30 metres below ground – almost as deep as the property will be tall.

For our recent look at the hotels which managed to open in the UK capital in 2020, and and those set to be unveiled in 2021 and beyond, see:

New and upcoming London hotels (2021)

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