A Holiday At Home - W Hotel Leicester Square

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Working and playing in London and not living in it means I rely on my friend Jack to tuck me in on his sofa more often than I should.
He's fried me enough hangover cures, he's paid for enough Ubers and he has looked after me enough times for me to know that buying the first round of drinks next Tuesday night isn't nearly a worthy thank you.

Both having been through a relatively tumultuous and emotional November, I was ready for a break and I knew he more than anyone deserved a night of ludicrous opulence and a cuddle in a towelling dressing gown. 
So I returned the favour, taking him on a holiday in his own city, instead of tucking him onto my own couch I found the best bed I could in London.

The W Hotel in Leicester Square quickly became our own little Utopia. 
Checking in under the twinkly disco balls, we quick stepped into what felt like a Sophie Ellis-Bexter music video set and made ourselves comfortable. 
As we assessed the surroundings, (Jack had to ply me with Prosecco so I'd stop squealing at how beautiful everything was...), we stumbled upon possibly the best tonic we didn't even know we needed.
Lady of DJ dreams Annie Mac has carefully curated 200 albums on vinyl for you to pick from and order to your room.

 Forget the mini bottles of Hendricks and Belvedere in the fridge... THEY HAD PEZ DISPENSERS.
PEZ... DISPENSERS...!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 We chatted into the early morning in a uniform of white slippers and bathrobes and put our lives in place. I've met some truly incredible people this year by complete fluke and Jack very quickly became my most treasured. He's helped me realise how important being unapologetically yourself truly is and that wanting to have fun isn't a vice to be shunned. It's incredible how in a matter of months a stranger can become so important. Don't waste and flit introductions, there are unbelievable people out there waiting for you to find. 
 In the morning we took a short walk downstairs to the Spice Market for breakfast which is usually the home of some of the loveliest South Eastern cuisine around dinner time and tucked into a much more continental looking breakfast instead.
 Yes... with all on offer... Jack genuinely did order himself a bacon sandwich and a bowl of Coco Pops...
We may or may not have also filmed a video or two for you whilst we were there...
A big thank you to the W Hotel for washing us of our miserable zombie shadows and transforming us back into the excitable people we once were.
If you're looking for somewhere to stay the next time you're over in our neck of the woods, or even if like me you just needed to be reminded of how beautiful London can be, I can't recommend this place enough.


  1. lovely photos! that hotel looks gorgeous :)

    Rachel // Style Soup

  2. this hotel room looks out of space, writing this hotel on my list - ''places to visit"
    I think it's the best feeling to find someone who you talk to for hours, not even noticing the time passing.
    Overall your writing is great as always / exited for your next posts / cheers


  3. Jack is most definitely fuckable. It's about time you hang out with some men you can actually date! Soo delicious. I hope he gave you a night of passion to remember; and if he didn't, why the hell not?? We all deserve a few of those nights.

  4. I will DEFINITELY be visiting when Im over in the UK in January; it looks beautiful. Great shots Charly. Rosie X

  5. oh my god the record player thing issooooooo cool! thanks for sharing charly, it looks like the perfect place to hint to my boyfriend to book for valentines day...

  6. The chair and lamp(?) situation is on point.

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