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OVERVIEW

Slick and fun, the new Middle Eight offers something rather different in Covent Garden. From the cool and spacious lobby and bar area to the music venue in the basement and the innovative bedrooms, this hotel adds further punch and excitement to the London hotel scene.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Middle Eight is on Great Queen Street, next to the grand-looking Freemasons' Hall (and the Museum of Freemasonry). It makes an ideal base to explore this part of town - around Holborn and Covent Garden and with Shaftesbury Avenue a short walk away; there are excellent transport links too. The Royal Opera House is very near and well worth a visit, while Covent Garden still has an abundance of excellent restaurants, such as Cora Pearl on Henrietta Street.

By car: around 2 hours from Brighton, 2 hours 30 mins from Bristol and 4 hours from Manchester. Parking nearby costs £50 per day.

By train: there are direct trains to London Waterloo from Salisbury (1 hour 30 mins), Portsmouth (1 hour 30 mins) and Exeter (3 hours 15 mins). The hotel is a five-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to London.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

There's a young and vibrant feel to Middle Eight, which is reflected in its design and its lack of pretension. The design is very nature-themed - hence the metallic sycamore leaves, while the split-level public spaces add to the feel of openness.

THE FACILITIES

As you might expect from a hotel with such a modern outlook, service is unobtrusive and friendly. There's a well-equipped gym on site with a trainer available if needed. The Balcony is a more relaxed area to hang out and here you'll find numerous music and London-themed books.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Music venue
  • Fitness centre
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The rooms and suites are one of the many features of the hotel and they come in five categories. Designed in naturalistic colours, they feature Sonus speakers, Nespresso machines and even a cocktail-making kit. The bathrooms with black-slate flooring are particularly lovely.

Room types: Cosy Pad, Classic Chic, Urban Deluxe, Superior Street, Executive Style, Suites

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, bathrobe and slippers, TV, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The large - but not intimidatingly so - Sycamore restaurant features an open kitchen and a very good northern Italian-themed menu (think hand-rolled pasta) and an adventurous range of Italian wines and beers; tip-top breakfasts too. The restaurant adjoins the lively bar, while the Balcony also serves afternoon tea.

Sycamore Vino Cucina: Italian, dishes include pizzas and grilled meats. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat for dinner and weekends for brunch. Mains from £18.

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