Soho has long been the place to be for a great night out in London. The city’s go-to entertainment district and the beating heart of the West End, the area is renowned for its night life and string of famous clubs, shows, and late-night haunts that are frequented by writers, musicians, and actors. But you can also find a host of upmarket restaurants, galleries, pubs, and late-night coffee shops that lend the area its 24-hour reputation. Whatever it is, there’s something about the night here that makes you feel alive. So to get the full Soho experience, why not stay there after a big night out?
Tucked away on a cul-de-sac off Dean Street, you’ll find The Soho Hotel, a secluded hotel favoured by celebrities and media types. As you step through the hotel’s fairy-lit entrance into the lobby, you find yourself face-to-face with a 10-foot-tall copper cat sculpture by Columbian artist Fernando Botero. Surrounded by enormous potted plants, tea lights, Balinese driftwood sculptures, and an expanse of Canadian wood flooring, you almost expect there to be a water fountain amid this calm, leafy space.
The hotel’s verdant theme continues as you enter Refuel, the hotel bar and restaurant. Here, plush green and brown seating, pebble-dashed pillars, and earthenware pottery sit alongside a long, pewter bar with an Art Deco style driving-themed mural above it. Stop for a coffee martini, and don’t be surprised to bump into a famous actor or director at the bar. The hotel boasts two cinemas that host previews and a child-friendly Sunday afternoon film club; the latter complete with free popcorn. The largest screening room features blazing red seats, while the smaller room mixes luxurious pony-skin seating to proceedings, as does the funky cocktail lounge.
Now to find your room. You’ll be escorted upstairs along the paisley corridors, and you suddenly realise that the hotel is much more than meets the eye, with 91 uniquely designed bedrooms over five floors. All are light and spacious, with floor-to-ceiling leaded glass windows and comfortable seating areas. Inside your room, the fabric wallpaper, long linen curtains, and flowery fabrics feel classically English, but are jazzed up with brightly coloured prints, cushions, and bedspreads. Prop yourself up against your bed’s luxuriously padded headboard and look forward to the hotel’s discreet ‘turn-down service’, which will help you drift off to sleep later. Your sheets will be folded back, pillows sprayed with a lavender aromatherapy ‘sleep well’ spray, and a complimentary mineral water will be left at your bedside.
Take a quick tour of the luxurious oak and granite bathroom, then head back downstairs for dinner. Order wine by the glass and choose something comforting and delicious from the à la carte menu, such as roast chicken breast ‘coq au vin’. After dinner, retreat to the white library, where you can climb the fluorescent reading ladder up to shelves of leather-bound books, then sink into a crushed velvet sofa in the calm surroundings of the cherry and lime drawing room. You can even help yourself to a drink from the honesty bar.
When you’re planning your next night out in Soho, make the Soho Hotel your final destination for the night. It’s well worth the stay.