Part of Sofitel’s swankier, trendier MGallery range, Victory House brings a touch of Hollywood glamor to Leicester Square, the home of London movie premieres. Opened in 2017, the boutique property is bang on trend with its timeless mid-century print carpet, parquet floors, subtle grey tones and pops of gold. Perfectly-located in the heart of the West End and close to all those Leicester Square premieres, Victory House smartens up a tourist trap you might reasonably describe as naff.
Clean lines, stylish wooden headboards, geometric print carpets and gold sconces give the rooms an unmistakable mid-century look. Black and white photographs of the depicting the heyday of cinema hang on the walls, adding a sense of place to rooms which overlook Leicester Square. Packets of gourmet popcorn on the pillow is a nice touch.
Never get lost again! Rooms come with a smart phone with internet connection that international guests can use when roaming the London streets to search out the best things to do nearby.
Black and white bathrooms are covered floor to ceiling in subway tiles in a look that’s pleasingly clean. Fairly compact, bathrooms come with walk-in showers and Bigelow bath products.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Those over 6 ft. tall will find the shower heads preposterously low—like, so low you can barely get your head beneath them.
Space is at a premium so the lobby merges with the Petit Bistro restaurant to produce a lively walk to the check-in desk. Informal and smartly designed, we like the arty coffee table books on display for guests.
There’s no gym on-site but guests can use the nearby Gymbox on St Martins Lane for all their workout needs.
Foie gras burgers, roast chicken and fries and staple brasserie classics are on offer at this contemporary interpretation of a French bistro. A relaxed space, Petit Bistro offers an escape from the mundane chain restaurants and steak houses you can find all over Leicester Square. Petit Bistro also serves wine, beer, champagne and classic cocktails.
Right on Leicester Square, you couldn’t wish for a more central London spot than this. Leave the hotel and soak up the atmosphere of the always bustling square, take a short walk in various directions and you’re in either Soho, China Town or Covent Garden. If you need to travel further afield, Leicester Square Underground Station connects to the Northern and Piccadilly lines.
This close to China Town it would be a crime not to visit at least one Chinese restaurant while you’re here. If you have to pick one, pick The Golden Phoenix (3-minute walk) for a classic Hong Kong weekend experience of dim sum and newspapers. For meat, go straight to Tandoor Chop House (6-minute walk) and its modern Indian small plates.
China Town speakeasy Opium (3-minute walk) is a quirky little cocktail and dim sum bar on Gerard Street that you may have to book in advance. You’re always assured of a walk-in spot in a place like The French House (5-minute walk), probably the most refined pub in central London—so refined it only serves half-pints.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you’re going to decorate all your rooms with exactly the same interior then you’d better get it right: Victory House gets it right and then some. Aside from the strange incident of the shower height in the bathroom, we can’t fault this boutique property’s credentials. It has an amazing location, great design and personality often missing in chain hotels.