Middle Eight sits in the middle of Covent Garden, but inside you’ll find a luxury escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.
After spending the best part of a year in lockdown, I was more than ready to welcome back the buzz of city life. Although, after so much time spent staying at least two metres away from other human beings, it was somewhat of a shock to the senses when London gradually began reopening.
Those peaceful central London streets quickly became a thing of the past as the city’s people traffic returned. It was no time at all before Covent Garden restored its reputation for being a hub of food, entertainment and fun. But when it all gets a bit much, the Middle Eight hotel is there to offer a luxury slice of serenity among the busyness.
Guests at the newly opened hotel are promised an experience that is both luxurious and immersive. The contemporary interior design fits seamlessly into its external surroundings, with a lobby full of warm colours and furnishings. The immensely high ceilings create a bright and airy feel that continues into the rooms, which are just as stylish as the lobby would suggest.
Among Middle Eight’s 168 rooms and 12 suites, guests can enjoy comfortable yet sleek spaces clearly inspired by nature. The suites each feature an indoor garden flooded with natural light and filled with plants, as well as natural textures to really bring the outdoors in. Two of the suites also have secluded outdoor terraces, perfect for al fresco dining. Each room features a Nespresso coffee machine, minibars stocked with complimentary drinks, a 42-inch flat-screen TV and Chromecast to create just the vibe you’re after.
The efforts made to celebrate nature, be eco-conscious and sustainable are unmissable. The suites are each named after pieces of music with a middle eight bridge, which helps a song develop in a natural way. The Middle Eight hotel manages to keep conscious of its environmental impact by giving guests their own personal water bottles to use and refill, to avoid the need for single-use plastic water bottles – a touch I personally loved. All the toiletries are carefully selected for their sustainable nature and the bathrobes are made using recycled plastic.
Then, there’s the food. From the scrumptious beef ragu at dinner to the dolce basket I devoured at breakfast, the hotel’s Sycamore Vino Cucina restaurant provides an all-day Italian-inspired menu featuring the best Italian classics. Dishes are based on the head chef’s experience of local regional recipes in Italy, foraging ingredients in the Dolomite mountains, artisanal methods, hand rolling pasta, and a love of baking.
For even more seclusion from the city, The Balcony on the mezzanine floor overlooks Sycamore and serves a globally-inspired menu throughout the day. Fancy a drink? Simply head over to the bar for a true sense of nature.
Should you wish to hold an event in the hotel, there’s even a private space with its own street entrance. In the basement, you will also find an impressive gym full of modern equipment, weights, and personal training is available for those who really want to get the most out of their stay.
Finding a slice of true tranquillity among the city can seem like an impossible task at times, but Middle Eight welcomes you in with warm, open arms to provide just that.
Rooms from £250 per night and suites from £600 per night at Middle Eight, Covent Garden.
Review by Kanika Banwait