A stone’s throw from bustling Oxford Street and a short walk from the thriving West End, The London EDITION is more than desirably located for first-time (and returning) travellers to the city. Just a 15-minute journey from Waterloo station, the boutique hotel is perfect for visitors from the south looking for a night of modern luxury in the capital.

The hotel occupies a row of Georgian townhouses in London’s bohemian Fitzrovia and has an arguably unassuming entrance, but take a step through the glass entrance and you’ll find the opposite.

Arriving shortly before check-in time, we found the lobby to be a vibrant scene of friends catching up over cocktails, business meetings and visitors enjoying a quiet tipple on their own. We were greeted by smiling staff who made us feel instantly comfortable as we checked in, even taking the time to show us around the hotel’s main features including the adjoining Berners Tavern restaurant which we were on tenterhooks to enjoy the following day.

I loved the lobby’s magnificent centrepiece - a huge chrome orb hanging from a stunning 19th century ceiling.

Our room was spacious and inviting with wood panelled walls mixed with added touches of a gold-framed picture and fur throw, which gave the room a feeling of rustic luxury. In the mosaic-tiled bathroom, we found ourselves pushing our toiletries to the side when we discovered custom-made Le Labo products lined up next to a rainforest shower.

We convinced ourselves to leave our room after checking in and explore the area.

Not only is the hotel situated within touching distance of Oxford Street a.k.a. shopper’s delight, it’s also on the outskirts of buzzy Soho, full of bars and pubs, boutique shops and tourists heading to West End shows.

After an evening enjoying London in its golden hours, we headed back to the hotel for a drink at the lobby bar. The bartender who served us was attentive and made a great cocktail recommendation when I couldn’t decide what to have…‘Always Sunny in Fitzrovia’ – highly recommended.

Following a refreshing night’s sleep, we decided to check out the hotel’s gym before heading to breakfast. The gym is airy with all the essentials for those on a short break. Feeling energised, we raced to breakfast at Berners Tavern for our first experience at the sought-after restaurant.

Enjoying an oat milk flat white and the freshest eggs Benedict I’ve ever had, I had some time to appreciate the jaw-dropping décor. The ceiling is adorned with a stunning chandelier and the walls are almost completely covered with artwork, only broken by the bar area at the back of the restaurant – featuring the back bar of my dreams.

Anyone who manages to tear their eyes away from the magnificent surroundings will no doubt be bowled over by the menu choices. Even at breakfast there is plenty to choose from – so much so that we had a hard time deciding. From a range of smoothies and teas to sweet and savoury options and plenty of dishes with heritage breed eggs (they were truly scrumptious), you are spoilt for choice. The evening a la carte menu is even more exciting – but we’ll come back to that later.

As part of our trip we visited the Food: Bigger than the Plate exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Advertising itself as an exhibition which ‘explores current experiments at every stage of the food system – from compost to table’, it comes at a crucial time when we’re constantly questioning ways in which we can be more sustainable with how we consume food.

After a morning well spent at the museum and a beautiful afternoon in Hyde Park, we hurried back to the hotel for the evening meal we had been looking forward to since we checked in. Even with its glamorous interior, Berners Tavern feels cosy and inviting in evening mode with low lighting and the gentle rumble of talk and laughter.

We felt relaxed as we settled into our seats to start our evening with a glass of Ruinart Champagne. The truly British dinner menu is something to be admired – featuring an array of meat, seafood and vegetarian options. There’s something for everyone and we felt hard pushed to choose our favourite, but I opted for the Herdwick lamb rump with broad beans, courgettes, Jersey Royal potatoes, maitake mushrooms, mint and salsa verde. My partner went for the roasted Oakleaf Farm chicken breast with tenderstem broccoli, mash potato and crispy chicken skin.

The lamb was the most tender I had ever eaten and it was served beautifully on top of the bed of potatoes and pulses. My partner - not one to mince his words - said it was one of the best chicken dishes he had ever had. Our sommelier paired our meals perfectly with a bottle of Sylvaner Resérve Domaine Weinbach white wine, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We couldn’t just leave the meal at our mains though – we were desperate to try the mouth-watering desserts. We opted for the chocolate and raspberry ganache, before the very kind restaurant manager brought us what he called the ‘Snickers’ dessert – a gorgeous peanut and chocolate ganache. It was truly divine and if you have room for any more at the end of your stay you MUST try it.

Full to bursting but still wanting to explore everything the hotel had to offer, we paid a visit to the nearby Punch Room. The bar is truly a gem and unlike any other bar you may find yourself visiting in London. It’s tucked away and intimate, and as the name suggests, full of deliciously tempting punch options. The waiting staff make you feel as if you’re the only people in the bar, and we could have stayed all night.

We slept like babies after our wonderful evening, but we still had one last treat to enjoy before our time at the hotel was sadly over – a luxurious Berners Tavern afternoon tea. Our sumptuous sweet and savoury selection included quintessential flavours with some twists such as a poached chicken and truffle baguette, and the beautiful rhubarb and ginger macaroon. Everything, immaculately presented and flavoursome, was perfectly paired with pots of fresh tea. The perfect way to end our two-day trip.

Our stay was enjoyable from start to finish, the hotel staff were impeccably polite and made us feel truly welcome at all times. If you want to take your London stay up a level, then the city’s EDITION hotel is a must visit.


- The London Edition is situated in Berners Street at the heart of W1, with Oxford Street, the West End and Piccadilly Circus all within walking distance

- Prices start at £335 including VAT for room only

- To find out more, or book, visit editionhotels.com/london or call 020 7908 7900.