Leicester Square: that most iconic of London locations, its pavements have been graced by everyone from Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence. Normally we get to watch from afar, communicated via the glow of the telly or the pages of the glossies. But now you can watch in-person, perched above the action oggling Colin Firth walking up the red carpet as you order room service and run a bath. Welcome to Victory House London Leicester Square MGallery by Sofitel.
Victory House is a new 86 room boutique hotel right on the square (fear not, it’s entirely soundproof) and overlooking the red carpets and hustle and bustle of Leicester Square. Designed by architects Michaelis Boyd, the interiors reflect the deep cinematic history of the area with each room featuring 1950s film icons, black and white Art Deco interiors and soft teal, grey and beige furnishings. Portraits of movie icons adorn the walls while silent films are projected in the lobby and lift. This is a place that not only pays homage to, but is very much a part of London’s film heritage. The hotel comes courtesy of MGallery by Sofitel, a collection of unique boutique hotels across the globe.
Victory House will also feature its own restaurant, Petit Bistro, offering “French-inspired” cuisine created with local produce and an extensive cocktail list. The 70 cover (indoors and out, al fresco baby!) restaurant will offer year-round dining thanks to their covered and heated terrace. Given the restaurant’s run by Randall and Aubin’s Ed Baines and Jamie Poulton, we’re expecting good things.
Historic Leicester Square just gained another piece of history with the launch of this boutique hotel and you can be part of it. After all, who cares who’s ON the red carpet when you could be ABOVE it?
Victory House: Open Now, 14 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BZ, www.sofitel.com