I have a confession: I’ve turned into a staycation kinda gal. I love exploring new places, but there’s something rather special about spending a night at the heart of your home city without the pressure to adventure out or do little more than lie back and relax. Last month, one of Fitzrovia’s coolest kids, The Sanderson Hotel, invited me to beat the January Blues in the best way possible – with a long, hot roll-top bubble bath, an evening of cocktails, sliders and giggles and a bloody good nights sleep.
The Sanderson, one of London’s original design hotels, is located just north of Oxford Street and thus is surrounded by the hubbub of the Westend. Thankfully, here the rushing slows down as the streets of Soho give way to the cool and eclectic fusion lobby which features an impressive collection of chairs – you’re going to want to make time for a cheeky Insta snap before heading to the Long Bar for pre-supper drinks. The exterior of the 1950’s once-factory building is a little lacklustre, but indoors the open spaces, quirky design and cool oasis of the Japanese courtyard garden quickly make you forget anything beyond the lobby doors.
Well in need of an afternoon nap, I checked in a little early (the hotel offers generous 3pm check-in/midday check-out) and stepped into the galaxy adorned lift to zoom up to my floor and along to my room where the futuristic theme continued. White-washed bedrooms are sort of Instagram meets Spaceship, meets private hospital. Cleverly partioned using glass and voil curtains and lit with aqua green under lighting, I couldn’t help but feel as though I was being prepped for some luxurious cosmetic surgery treatment. Whilst the design wasn’t particularly to my taste, the size of the bed and the glorious roll-top tub certainly was; no staycation is truly complete without a solid 8 hours of star-fishing.
The Long Bar and the adjoining conservatories that surround the Japanese courtyard are no exception to the dream-like fantasy world of the Sanderson and creative cocktails including vodka sorbet and an alcoholic answer to a cup of tea (genuinely) are the perfect way to begin or end a night out in Soho. The bar menu features uncomplicated all-time favourites such as burger sliders, chicken skewers and my standout, gorgeously indulgent arancini balls. Later, we made our way into the lounge where a floor to ceiling original stained glass window, zebra prints chair and luxurious purple velvet made for the most extra game of pool.
I’m not really sure what happened between the hours of 11pm and 10am the following morning, not because I was wildly shotting the Grey Goose but because oh-my-goodness did I actually just sleep through an entire night?! The beds are crisp and comfortable and I’m pretty convinced that until I win the lottery and buy one of the 6ft wide dreamboats (and a bigger bedroom to put it in) I’ll never sleep quite as well again. I just about dragged myself up and into the rainfall shower before heading downstairs to feast on the delights of the Mindful Chef and the Juice Man; the perfect cure to the night before.
The Sanderson is the ultimate blend of style, sophistication, fun and relaxation in the heart of London; I’ve got no doubt I’ll be back one day to test out my back flips on those huge beds…