A few weeks ago I turned 22 and celebrated in the only way I really know how: with prosecco, pizza and the most ridiculously OTT balloons you’ve ever seen. Birthdays have always been a really big thing in my household and making maximum fuss is a tradition that I’ve stridently continued with into adulthood, so what lovelier way to round the day off than in true style at a gorgeous London hotel with views across Leicester Square! The Victory House Hotel kindly invited me to spend the eve of my birthday luxuriating in one of their superior rooms and it provided the perfect base to venture into the West End for a spot of culture at the National Gallery, obligatory birthday cocktails and finally a massive Home Slice pizza to be eaten from the comfort of their crisp white sheets. I didn’t drop any, promise.
The Victory House Hotel is a part of the MGallery collection by Sofitel, one of the more upmarket branches of the Accor group, though it has the charm and the individuality of an independent boutique. Despite the beautiful early-French Renaissance architecture of the Leicester Square building, the theme is quintessentially British and emulates the cinematic history of its surroundings with 1950’s legends adorning the walls and the Queen’s Coronation playing on an old fashioned projector in the hall. The focus here is upon making memories, or capturing ‘Memorable Moments’ as per the hotels tagline and the attention to detail is spectacular. Both the doorman – the hotel is rather discreet; you’ll find the entrance just around the corner from the turquoise awnings of the adjoining Lebanese restaurant – and the concierge greeted me by name, stored my luggage and sent a polite email to let me know when the room was ready before the advertised check-in time.
If you haven’t heard of the Victory House before then that’s probably because it only opened in the December of last year, though until Google informed me of such a fact I was under the impression that it had been firmly on the scene much longer, so confidently executed is each and every element. The 86 bedrooms are simple and clean, merging modern contemporary interiors with classic touches and an appreciation of the shapes and curves of the building itself. Two large porthole style windows in my 6th floor room made for the perfect place to sip a glass of something bubbly and watch the sun set over the West End, all the way across to Parliament. At 20 SQM, the space is relatively small but the prime real estate and the sleek use of the space more than makes up for this; it’s the perfect bolt-hole for a city getaway or a night at the theatre. Although there isn’t a bathtub (which I always think is a little bit of a shame), the bathroom is immaculately presented and the industrial style walk-in rainfall shower rather luxurious. Monochrome tiles and black matte fittings make for a stylish, modern take on a bathroom suite. Surprisingly, the noise pollution truly is minimal and despite Victory House’s incredibly tourist-centric location once the doors close the rooms are virtually silent.
Wearing: Alabaster White Tee by Homebody*
Currently, the restaurant situated on the ground floor of the hotel is a modern French brasserie called Petit Bistro though I am informed that the management will be changing soon. We didn’t dine there, though I had a peak at the menu which is incredibly well priced and features all manner of Franco classics including escargots and steak with garlic butter. I’m not surely whether it’s simply just not well known about, but I was very surprised to see that at 8pm on a Friday night in Leicester Square the restaurant was literally empty and I’m not completely sure the atmosphere works with the bougie music from the openly adjoining hotel lobby. We did however enjoy breakfast at the Petit Bistro the following morning and found the broad range of both continental and cooked options, including pancakes, very impressive. The self-serve style dry buffet allows a traveller to truly fill up ready for a day ahead in the big smoke!
If you’re looking for somewhere sleek to get a very good nights sleep amongst the hustle and bustle of the West End then Victory House is definitely your answer.
I stayed with compliments of Victory House Hotel. All views and imagery are my own.