Page 8 Hotel, London

A cool urban bolthole in London’s West End that encourages you to get out and explore

The location

Just a two-minute stroll from Leicester/Trafalgar Square tube stations in either direction – and a stone’s throw from West End, with its theatres, Chinatown and Covent Garden – Page 8 has a postcode that’s hard to beat. If that wasn’t enough, the entrance to The Portrait Gallery is directly opposite.

The Room

The hotel has 183 rooms – including superior and family rooms – spread over five floors. Pushing 5 on the lift and opening the door to our superior room, we were instantly (and gratefully) whisked away from the city hubbub.

Crisp white walls and bed linens are juxtaposed with Royal blue leather headboards and chairs, and bronze accents. We loved the black retro phone (working) and Marshall speaker – plug your phone in and play your ear candy of choice.

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Despite being in the thick of it, large windows offer London views without the noise – considerable money has been spent ensuring rooms remain quiet; electronically-controlled black-out blinds keep guests dreaming long after the sun comes up, while diffusers deal with the pollution. A very respectable 12pm check out afforded a rare lie in – in London.

For those pre-breakfast morning’s, rooms have little kettles, great coffee in drip bags and a selection of teas. You’ll also find powerful hairdryers, white towelling robes and comfy slippers.

Superior rooms also come with a free mini-bar in a pull-out drawer-cum-fridge (quirky) with little bottles of Prosecco, cans of sparkling white and rose wine, craft beers, cola, semi-skimmed milk, and a passionfruit and Ginseng shot. Help yourself to truffle infused crisps and salted caramel popcorn, both included in superior stays. There’s also a large flat screen for those bored enough to hunt for the remote (we weren’t).

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Bathrooms are super stylish with black and white marble walls and sinks, and vigorous showers behind glass doors. Antipodes takes care of the amenities with Fig & Feijoa shampoo, conditioner and body wash, as well as hand wash and cream. Open the eco-friendly packets to reveal toothbrushes, shower caps, cotton wool pads, shaving kits and combs.

Key facilities

There isn’t much in the way of facilities at Page 8, but then the whole of London’s West End – with its bars, restaurants, theatres, shops and museums – is on the doorstep. Play nicely…

Restaurants and bars

Page Common is the hotel’s industrial-style café and social space with a good selection of coffee, as well as breakfasts (our smashed avocado on toast with slices of fig was noteworthy), and some evening meals, cakes, beers and wines. Or use the QR code in your room for late-night food deliveries. The hotel once housed a rooftop restaurant and bar, Bisushima, serving Japanese dishes and cocktails but this is now – I was informed on arrival – permanently closed. Another victim of Covid, perhaps?

We opted instead for Dim Sum in Chinatown, which rarely disappoints.

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The verdict

For a peaceful stay in London’s West End, Page 8 comes up trumps. We loved the design of the room, with its quirks, and our breakfast. A rooftop bar – with London views, Japanese menu and cocktails – would elevate most stays (ours included), but if your goal is to explore, then the paired-down food and drinks menu encourages you to do just that.

Where to book it

Page Hotels | Lifestyle Boutique Hotels in Hong Kong & London

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