An amazing new Fitzrovia hotel harbours a Michelin-starred import
Bespoke scents, specially created soundscapes and carefully chosen art are just three of the features of The Mandrake, a new boutique hotel in Fitzrovia that takes creating an ambience to a whole new level.
More exciting for food lovers is the restaurant, Serge et le Phoque, run by the team behind the Hong Kong joint of the same name that has one Michelin star.
The interior of the hotel is lavish, with a mature a sensual palette and touches of Eastern opulence. French composer Pierre Arnaud Alunni was commisioned to make the hotel’s aural dimension and the owner, Rami Fustok, has taken his family’s interest in art (his mother is a sculptor) on to the walls for the enjoyment of visitors with a rolling programme of art.
It is hard to imagine in Fitzrovia the space for a hotel with a central courtyard and private terraces among the 30 rooms. A new jewel in London’s hospitality offering, it has already hosted a Vogue party.
Serge et le Phoque (Serge and the Seal) is serving seasonal modern French food: scallops with yuzu, gazpacho with peach and burrata, lamb with pomme puree and smoked eel, pigeon on black rice under the careful hand of chef Frederic Peneau, from the Hong Kong original. The kitchen will also be overseeing food ordered on room service, which promises to be a special indulgence.
The hotel also features three bars, one with a pizza shack and a small cinema. It all sounds funky, luxurious, and plomped in the area near to Goodge Street, Soho, Oxford Street, is prime real estate in north central London.
The hotel has been designed to bring the outside in, and a fifth of the hotel is given over to outside space, some of which boasts hanging gardens, a la Babylon. The Mandrake aimed to be a unique and particular experience, and it’s hard to argue is hasn’t succeeded.