The Handbook
The Handbook

Even as a self-proclaimed Londoner when I conjure up images of the big smoke Leicester Square oft makes an appearance in my mind, alongside its rolling red carpet, M&M World & buzzing casino. It’s a total London staple and an absolute babe of a spot for a night out, especially when you fancy embracing your inner tourist, if only for the night.

A quick Google of Victory House led me to comprehend that it held a super central location but I had no idea just how much so. Rushing hurriedly off the tube in Friday night haste, I found myself slap bang in Leicester Square surrounded by its grandeur of flashing lights, cocktail drinkers and billboards, in the heart of London’s West End. Victory House lives upto its namesake where location is concerned; our sixth floor room provided coveted views of the cinematic offerings surrounding the building, street artists and multiple restaurants. It was the kinda night where I wished Brad Pitt or Tom Hardy were walking the lengths of the rouge carpet , because talk about #viewgoals,  but hey, you can’t have it all!

Victory House, which opened in 2017, is a boutique hotel that, despite being somewhat concealed down the discreet layout of Leicester Place, oozes cosiness and luxury upon entry. The bolthole is the ideal spot for a visitor to London, with front-row views of the city’s booming and diverse action. The culinary scene of London is on your doorstep, from China Town to Covent Garden – as are various nightclubs but that depends on your temperament! Past the reception and bistro, cinema posters and video recordings lead you to your room, amongst low-lit corridors akin to movie theatres. Reception is at all times manned meaning a few tipples in town ’til late won’t mean banging on the door until sunrise. Service is most definitely with a smile too, especially at breakfast as coffee is handed to you, generously.

Housed inside the history seeped walls of Victory House are 86 chic bedrooms, ranging in size (from Single Room all the way up to Executive Suite and Deluxe Sweet). Our classic double room provided a circular lookout, with a window seat that ended up leading to a ‘for the gram’ photoshoot, Leicester Square shining in the background. It also came with all of the traditional amenities such as free WiFi, a 40” TV, a mini fridge, in-room safe, hairdryer, shower, tea & coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries. All rooms are designed with cinematic glamour at the helm, obvious via adorable embellishments such as dial phones, bellman-cart style brass dressings and popcorn & M&M’s as snacks which were swiftly polished off.

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Le Petit Bistro on the ground floor is where the culinary action kicks off. Wrapped around the space is an outdoor summer terrace, however I can’t imagine it to be too much of a sun trap – although I could well be wrong. Breakfast was delicious. Sitting on a  gold-tipped table we delved into a wholesome offering of food, available as buffet or à la carte. Pandering to its predominantly tourist audience, Le Petit Bistro offers traditional brekkie dishes such as Eggs Florentine, pancakes and pastries. If you’re not exploring the restaurant scene outside then inside you can benefit from Victory House’s all-day dining menu of French cuisine, with highlights of grilled prime Black Angus and Petit Bistro’s Signature Chicken Rotis.

As a final word, the hotel is more geared towards adults however child beds are available on request. The venue strikes the perfect balance between cosy and glamorous and allows you to embrace the A-Lister in you at a price that doesn’t burn up the credit card. All that’s left to say is Virgina Woolf eat your heart out, Victory House is where the real room with a view is at!

Victory House can be found at 14 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BZ,

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