London’s Leicester Square is somewhere I generally avoid but on stepping into the W London hotel, the craziness of tourists-galore soon dissipated.
I felt as though I was rocketing into space as I took the black leather-padded elevator and stepped into an equally as spangly reception.
Check in was friendly and efficient and despite the overly hip interiors, I felt at ease.
I was testing a new service at the hotel, courtesy of Girl Meets Dress, where you can hire an outfit of your choice and get it delivered to your room.
After navigating a set of very dark corridors, with just a low glow to set the sexy vibes, I found room 734.
Perched on the corner of the spacestation-like building, this room boasts great views of the rooftops around.
The bed was large and after sliding various doors, I puzzled my way into the bathroom.
Laying on the couch was the sexy red Amanda Wakeley number I’d ordered from Girl Meets Dress. They’d sent two different sizes but the first one I put on fit like a glove.
In the low light I found it a little tricky to put my make-up on but eventually I got there.
Looking around the room it had all of the knickknacks I needed. A Bose Bluetooth speaker, USB sockets, a plug adapter, writing tools and the bathroom was packed with a great range of Bliss Spa products, including the more unusual addition of face wash.
There was a tap at the door and some cream I ordered for the coffee machine arrived. Shortly after, I took my prompt ice delivery, my friend Farah turned up.
We were due a girls night and the W London fit the bill perfectly with its fun and unpretentious edge.
The clock struck 7pm and it was time for dinner.
Dressed in my red date dress, the two of us sashayed downstairs to The Perception restaurant on the first floor.
Along with perfectly-prepared cocktails – including one infused with chocolate M&M’s – the W London serves up mouth-watering grub and its latest Food Series is not to be missed.
In the newly-revamped dining area, featuring lashings of velvet teal and super high ceilings, you can choose from a concise meze of creations from Australian-reared chef, Magnus Reid.
Our lovely waiter Diego ran us through the menu and got us in an even jollier mood with two smoky negroni cocktails. All of Reid’s offerings sounded amazing, but we went for the burrata and the grilled corn to start.
The corn was rather unusually salted with seaweed, which was fun but I had to have my teeth checked as the corn and seaweed combo made for a messy mouthful. The chilli sauce on the moreish burrata was VERY hot – Diego was right – and he even offered some milk to quash the fiery flavour.
For mains I can’t recommend the vegetarian whole roast aubergine highly enough and the crab pappardelle was equally delicious. We didn’t have room for dessert but rounded things off in liquid fashion with a perfectly balanced Black Russian.
From there we rolled into bed. The bed was soo big we didn’t hear a peep from each other all night.
In the morning I popped to the gym to sweat out the cocktails and watch the sun rise through the giant windows.
Then I showered and got off to a flying start with the W London’s delicious breakfast buffet.
Some of my favourite treats from the burgeoning selection included a scoop of turmeric honey, a splash of carrot juice and several forkfuls of fresh fruit salad.
After a delightful stay we left the funky cocoon and skipped into Leicester Square.
The W London is definitely a cosmic realm worth exploring. You’ll forget about the throng outside in no time.
The W London is located at Leicester Square
1st floor, 10 Wardour Street
To book a room or dining experience at the W London visit www.wlondon.co.uk or call 0207 758 1060