November 16, 2018
The Mandrake – London’s Coolest, Sexiest Boutique Hotel
For the sexiest, coolest hotel in London, look no further than the stunning boutique hotel The Mandrake, located a stone’s throw from Oxford Street and hidden completely from view. I mean where else could you nip to the luxurious powder rooms during breakfast and see a luxury lingerie fashion shoot taking place in a dimly lit boudoir?!
Step into another world through the unassuming entrance on Newman Street and up the dark corridor, to discover possibly the most opulent reception area you’re every likely to see. With flamboyant chandeliers and luxurious fabrics and furnishings, check in will give you only a mere taste of what’s to come…
The Mandrake is a hotel of contrasts and a feast for the senses. Dripping with decadence, yet beautifully understated, it oozes sex appeal, style and mystery in equal abundance. Take Waeska for example – one of the most beautiful bars in London, and yet you’ve probably never been.. The centre piece of its luxuriously stacked bar is an originally commissioned mythical creature (by Enrique Gomez de Molina), which is part peacock, part gazelle and part beetle. It is truly mesmerising and reigns over the impressive 30ft bar where ‘ethnobotanic’ cocktails are served, while retractable glass doors open out onto a private courtyard. Look upwards and you’ll see the mezzanine floors which house The Mandrake’s ‘Terrace Rooms’ – each comes with communal balcony access to a peaceful sitting area which gives way to views of the jasmine and passion flower hanging gardens and the exclusive Jurema outdoor bar area. Jurema is exclusive to guests, and a welcome haven from the chaos of Oxford Street in summer.
With various room categories including The Penthouse and The Mandrake Suite, you’ll definitely not be disappointed if you’ve booked into one of their Terrace rooms. The rooms themselves, as you’d expect, are beautiful. Each one is uniquely designed, and while they’re compact, they also offer every indulgence. With exclusive Italian linen and organic bedding, along with fluffy dressing gowns and organic ‘Grown Alchemist’ bath products, your hotel room at The Mandrake will become your magical sanctuary, making you immediately want to resist the outside world as if some unknown force is at work. Very fitting it is, that magic supremo Dynamo is doing a series of shows at the hotel throughout November.
Around every corner you’ll discover something new. The Mandrake Hotel is home to highly styled French restaurant Serge et le Phoque which serves tapas with a French / Spanish fusion, named after the original Michelin Starred Serge in Hong Kong. Closed on Sundays (the night we stayed), we weren’t able to sample their cuisine until breakfast, but were suitably impressed with the early morning offerings including fruit and veg smoothies to power you up for the day, and shakshuka – made with the plumpest, juiciest tomatoes and a perfect balance of spices, served in the traditional cast iron skillet. Service in every part of the hotel is just exceptional, yet completely unobtrusive.
Having just introduced their unique Spritual Wellbeing Programme, The Mandrake is now home to a range of sensory experiences for body and soul. From crystal meditations, to Cacao Gong Healing Ceremonies, the ancient practice of sound healing is used to lull participants into deep meditative and transformative states, while The Mandrake Monthlies will welcome spiritual guides from across the world. Specially curated in-room programmes can also be organised courtesy of Spiritual Concierge Service.
Eclectic, seductive, artistic… You could visit The Mandrake a hundred times and notice something different every time you’re there. Owner and entrepreneur Rami Fustok has created something very special indeed, and it has to be seen to be believed…
Book your room at The Mandrake Hotel here.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield
(Photo Credits: Gregorio Soave and Adrian Houston)