A New West End Story

The completion and successful launch of The Londoner is a signal of the revival of London and a confidence in our city’s future as a springboard out of a global pandemic

The Londoner



Woods Bagot has spent the last near-decade creating this luxury urban resort, one that will offer an extraordinary visitor experience and exceptional service. This 16-story project has been sensitively integrated into the historic urban fabric of Leicester Square—the famous entertainment district in London.

Conceived as an internal vertical street neighbourhood with a fictional journey of tantalising experiences, every interconnecting space forms the central volume and contains activated experiences. This have been visually enhanced by Yabu Pushelberg and lavished with an array of surfaces, furnishings, and artwork. Every sensation is therefore satisfied within an audacious poetic movement – taking a virtual London high street and turning it vertical.


Project details

As The Londoner features one of the world’s deepest habitable basements, this project can be deemed a feat of design and engineering, with most of the hotel’s amenities sitting at an incredible 31.5m below ground. With a basement this deep, every detail in the design was carefully considered – movement, air flow and lighting being key. The result is an incredibly complex array of spaces with numerous height levels and volumes which seamlessly flow with the back-of-house operations. This approach was a result of height restrictions determined by the site’s historical context. The hotel construction therefore required complex engineering methods – derived with our collaborator Arup – to provide multiple levels amenities and back of house (BOH) facilities, all comfortably situated 30 meters below ground. 

London, United Kingdom
Edwardian Pastoria Hotels Ltd
32,000 square meters
Yabu Pushelberg


Digital-design specialists realize 15,000-tile mosaic with local artist for The Londoner

As a condition for its planning approval, the Londoner—a 14-story luxury hotel under construction in the British capital’s fabled Leicester Square—was required to contribute an artwork to the surrounding community. Developers Edwardian Hotels London chose to integrate the piece into the building itself, holding a competition for ideas that Ian Monroe, a locally based painter,