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Short stay: Victory House London MGallery by Sofitel, Leicester Square, London, UK

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MGallery by Sofitel is a collection of boutique hotels that combine luxury with a focus on literature and culture. Among this select group of hotels is Victory House London MGallery by Sofitel – the perfect launch-pad for all that London has to offer. The property has a fascinating and industrious history that mirrors the industrial changes in the city of London itself. Located in the beating heart of the West End, the hotel offers a home from home with everything you need to experience London, right on your doorstep.

The welcome

On entering through the double doors on Leicester Place, just yards from Leicester Square itself, you go through a small seating area to a desk at the far end. There you’ll find a very modest reception area – a tiny desk – but one that was continually manned by a friendly face throughout my visit.

The room

I stayed in a suite that looked out over Leicester Place. The room was not huge but afforded me ample space and had a separate living area.

Within the design of the hotel, the architects and designers have added detail which reflects the golden age of cinema as inspired by the location. Black and white film footage is beamed on to the walls in the corridor as you exit the lift and pictures on the walls follow a similar theme.

Next to the bed was a Nespresso machine and a Handy phone, providing a contact connection to the digital world without the need to worry about roaming charges. This is ideal for international guests, I would imagine, as it could be taken out and about and used in conjunction with Google Maps, Citymapper or any of your favourite apps.

The living space was a welcome addition, giving guests a little more room than they might otherwise have.

The TV included information about the hotel…

…and literature about the hotel and the MGallery by Sofitel collection was also provided.

The bathroom

There was something of a retro style to the bathroom with herringbone tiles and vintage taps.

Toiletries were from C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries – an American pharmacy currently founded in New York and the oldest surviving apothecary–pharmacy in the United States.

The facilities

On the ground floor of the building is the hotel’s own restaurant, Le Petit Bistro. Unfortunately, it was closed at the time of my visit so I can’t really comment on it but, as one of the newest additions to the dining scene in Leicester Square, it is said to offer French-inspired cuisine and is led by Ed Baines and Jamie Poulton (their third restaurant).

Breakfast was served in Petit Bistro, with a buffet selection and items cooked to order if required.

Location

The hotel is very centrally located, just yards from Leicester Square, and in the heart of theatreland.

With London’s Chinatown also on the doorstep, Chinese and other Asian influences are very evident in this part of London, even on street signs…

…and there’s a multitude of Asian themed restaurants in the vicinity – predominantly Chinese, but also Thai, Vietnamese and other Asian cuisines.

Other nice touches

The hotel is well aware of its location and proximity to bustling Leicester Square that it provides ear plugs to ensure a good night’s sleep. I was working late and up quite early and was not aware of any outside noise that would keep you awake, but it’s a nice gesture all the same.

As part of the hotel’s global green initiative, they do not post newspapers to your room each day. Instead, you have all major publications available to you in the palm of your hand via the Gold Key Media app on the Handy Phone provided. There was also a selection of reading material within the room.

Cost

Suites at Victory House London MGallery by Sofitel start from £325 per night, including breakfast

The best bit

The hotel has a very cosy, boutique feel to it which is very unexpected in such a central location where you would think larger chain hotels might dominate.

The final verdict

It’s a pleasant surprise to have somewhere as intimate as Victory House so close to the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square. It would have been nice to have sampled the restaurant so that I could give you some feedback on that, but on the other hand that also provides me with a good excuse to return!

Disclosure: Our stay was courtesy of Victory House London MGallery by Sofitel.

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