A West End hit

A West End hit

It’s almost impossible to find a shadowy corner of Chinatown in which to get up to anything untoward these days. The latest to be spruced and groomed is that little passageway in the no-man’s-land between the bottom of Chinatown and Leicester Square – or Leicester Street, as it is properly called.

New boutique hotel One Leicester Street opens today, 15 May 2013, in London’s West End. It has taken over the site of the former St John Hotel, and has just 15 rooms upstairs – all-white, light, clean inside.

By contrast, the open-til-midnight bar and Tom Harris’s restaurant at street level has a dark, blue-grey interior by Universal Design Studio; its banquettes make appealing boltholes from the bright lights and teenage tourists of Leicester Square. And, in time for summer, the restaurant extends outside to a terrace, the seafood leanings advertised with French retro lettering above the awnings.

The hotel is the latest opening of Singaporean hotelier/restaurateur Loh Lik Peng, whose collection of design-led hotels and restaurants includes the Town Hall Hotel & Apartments in Bethnal Green, London, Wanderlust in Singapore, and Table No 1 by Jason Atherton in Shanghai.

One Leicester Street, Chinatown, London WC2 (020 3301 8020; www.oneleicesterstreet.com). Doubles from ?150.

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