Canadian practice Yabu Pushelberg has designed The Londoner hotel in London’s theater district
The Londoner, the hotel designed by Yabu Pushelberg, is sited on Leicester Street, London. The building stands 30 meters high and 32 meters beneath street level, a stratagem that makes it possible to obtain a lot of space in an area rich in listed buildings. In the lobby, where the reception is deliberately hidden, there is a special space where you can check-in remotely by mobile.
Nooks containing various objects follow one another with nods to the surrounding city of London. Above the check-in island is a sculpture by artist Andrew Rae, a majestic metallic moonhead. The lobby’s bar, conceived as a container of stories, welcomes guests onto a stage with curtain, ready to open, with an amazing pale light – a reference to the theaters of the surrounding area.
Opposite the reception area is the Whitcomb’s restaurant with two harvest tables that change depending on breakfast, lunch or dinner time. Beyond the bar there’s a staircase leading to the ground floor and an events area where a chandelier designed for Lasvit by Yabu Pushelberg stands out and takes the guests’ breath away.
Then you will find the Grand Ballroom and, going down to the lower floor, you will reach the meeting rooms furnished with leather lined tables and comfortable chairs. The Retrat is the spa area hosting a swimming pool, a wellness center, a gym and a juice bar.
The elevators located outside the lobby take guests to the various floors with corridors coming in bright colors and, from there, to the rooms. All the rooms are characterized by a minimal material and color palette, typical of the London style. The rooms, with wood veneer paneling and soft furnishings, dialogue in a relaxing and elegant atmosphere. [Ph: Henry Bourne]