The Londoner Hotel

Project Details

Project Type


Lighting Design

Inverse Lighting

Project Location

London UK


September 2021


Matt Livey

The Londoner is a sophisticated boutique hotel nestled in London’s world-famous Leicester Square. The hotel offers guests a luxurious stay, with an expansive array of amenities and experiences, as well as the highest levels of comfort and decadence.

The architecture for the hotel was a collaboration between Edwardian Hotels London’s Design Architect, Rob Steul and architectural firm Woods Bagot. The brief was to create a design concept that celebrated the hotel’s positioning in Leicester Square, with a ‘West Side Story’ narrative to underpin the guest experience. Interior designers Yabu Pushelberg, engineers Arup Associates and artist Ian Monroe were also part of the expert team.

Due to strict planning, restrictions limited any upwards build. Eight of the 16 storeys form the capital’s deepest habitable basement. The bedrooms and suites remain above street level, while the guest attractions and services are housed in the lower floors with no natural light.

With an expansive space to consider, and the vast array of different spaces for varied purposes, a bespoke lighting design was key. Inverse Lighting were appointed to create the lighting scheme for the hotel, who partnered with premium linear lighting experts, LEDFlex, to fulfil a number of elements of the design.

On arrival at the hotel, guests are immediately welcomed by a large open space, with the reception area discreetly to the side to allow free passage to the lounge. The lighting is kept intimate with soft integrated LEDFlex fixtures - Eco Flex 180 2700K with Pro Profile 32.

To illuminate the hotel’s grand staircase, LEDFlex’s Eco Flex 60 in 2700K has been used. This provides a beautiful glow befitting of the sophisticated staircase. Eco Flex 180 2700K can also be found in The Stage restaurant/bar integrated seamlessly into the joinery of the bar counter providing functional lighting. On the opposite side the lighting works cleverly to wash vertically through the marble panels. This solution has also been used to provide shelf and joinery lighting in the lower ground floor lobby.

In the wellness Retreat, the pool area ceiling is lit with LEDFlex’s colour changing Ultra Bright 96 RGBW in 2700K to enable different colours to be used to set the right mood dependent on the time of day. Lumen Line 240 delivers lighting in The Residence’s indirect cove details of the bathroom mirrors.

Moving down the levels, in the B1/B2/B3 lobby and bar, Eco Flex 180 2700K provides Cove Lighting and Shelf lighting, while the Eco Flex 60 2700k has been used for furniture backlighting.