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One Leicester Street

One Leicester Street

One Leicester Street

One Leicester Street

One Leicester Street

Address 1 Leicester Street; London WC2H 7BL
by Lisle Street
Neighbourhood Leicester Square, Chinatown | See on map
Tube Leicester Sq [Northern, Piccadilly], Piccadilly Circus [Bakerloo, Piccadilly]
Telephone +44 20 3301 8020
Website http://www.oneleicesterstreet.com
https://www.facebook.com/OneLeicesterStreet
Price Rooms from £197 (specials from £141). Breakfast £ 10-15. Lunch and dinner £30-50.

Little more than a restaurant with rooms, One Leicester Street will not fit everybody’s bill. But in an area that’s hardly known – the neighbouring W Leicester Square aside – for either notable restaurants or smart hotels, here you’ve got both in one compact package.

Originally opened as the St John Hotel by the guys behind the eponymous restaurant in Smithfield Market of ‘nose-to-tail’ cooking fame, the place has always been more about the food than the lodging and that’s how it remains. The name and ownership have changed but it’s still Tom Harris manning the stoves, the chef who at one point earned the kitchen a Michelin star for its showcase of avantgarde British country fare.

In terms of accommodation, the tiny hotel consists of just 15 rooms split into compact ‘Post-Supper’s, Superiors, and a top-floor suite that can be extended to include up to three bedrooms. Interiors are minimalist to the extreme, with an ethos of ‘everything the traveller needs and nothing they do not’ informing the amenities. Flat screen tellies and complimentary Wi-Fi are apparently considered musts while bathroom privacy isn’t.

Service is impeccable, the central location is excellent and gastrohounds are in for a treat, breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it’s a far shout from the luxury dwellings usually associated with boutique hotels. Facilities are limited – no gym and, like the rest of the hotel, the bar is cramped – but if your idea of heaven is a place where you can fall straight into a ready-made bed after a great meal, then you may have found yourself a new London home.