Opening in autumn 2020, Middle Eight sits in the heart of Covent Garden, an area steeped in history, shopping, entertainment, and attractions. The hotel takes its name from the musical term "middle eight," a type of musical interlude or bridge that differs in character from a song's melody and is used to inject variety through a change of key or tempo. Middle Eight works in a similar way, enhancing the Covent Garden area with its luxurious and modern accommodations, while still holding strong to the heritage and character of the neighborhood. Guests of Middle Eight can:
- Stay in contemporary rooms featuring bespoke toiletries and Egyptian-cotton linens
- Dine at Sycamore and savor a combination of Italian and American tastes and flavors
- Enjoy a live performance at the hotel's bar and nightlife hot spot, QT
- Take a stroll or catch the Tube to see some of the city's best-loved landmarks
- Ease into a warm bath surrounded by luxurious marble and soothing, radiant-floor heating in one of the hotel's sumptuous suites
Harking back to 1912, the building that Middle Eight calls home was originally a Methodist church called Kingsway Hall. Known to have some of the finest acoustics for recording classical orchestral and choral music at that time, Middle Eight continues that theme of live music and performances throughout its dining and entertainment venues.
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Throughout the hotel's 180 rooms, bespoke furniture maintains the hotel's signature warm look, while marble bathrooms with rainfall showers and black accents makes for a soothing and relaxing urban escape. Accommodations start with the Cozy Pad room with its standard luxury amenities, such as Egyptian-cotton linens, Nespresso coffee machines, flat-screen TV with Chromecast, and super-soft beds.
The room types continue with the Classic Chic room, Urban Deluxe room, Superior Street room, and Executive Style room. The largest and grandest accommodations at Middle Eight are the expansive One Bedroom Luxury Suites, which feature all the above amenities with the added benefit of enhanced bespoke toiletries, a separate sitting and dining area, and a pristine white marble bathroom boasting a freestanding soaking tub. Some feature a private outdoor terrace perfect for a nightcap or early morning coffee while others offer internal garden spaces.
Taking its cues from London's cosmopolitan approach to food and drink, Middle Eight's dining program offers three venues, each providing a modern twist on traditional cuisine. You'll dine on Italian-American food at the hotel's flagship restaurant and bar, Sycamore, and its two other eateries, QT and The Balcony.
Sycamore – A local hang out offering Italian and American all-day dining along with a full bar, Sycamore offers guests a chance to experience a shared service style of dining in a fun, sociable, and informal atmosphere with minimalist contemporary design featuring mid-tone woods, a brass sculptural bar, banquettes, and leather chairs.
QT – Dark and moody, with hunter green drapes and richly stained wood floors and accents, this basement bar offers guests not only a welcoming place to sip cocktails and nibble on light bites, it's also a space for live performances and nightly entertainment. The menu is made up of small plates and is served in a "grazing" style.
The Balcony – Secluded and quiet with a low slung ceiling and walls lined with bookshelves, The Balcony is Middle Eight's mezzanine bar and restaurant, giving guests a quiet area to nurse a glass of wine in the evenings, have a light lunch during the day, or enjoy breakfast in the early morning.
Middle Eight's many amenities make it a perfect stay in the English capital. If you need to work out while you're away, the hotel's fitness center, with cardio machines and weights, has you covered. Or, opt for a run in nearby Lincoln Inn's Field Garden, just a few steps away from the front door. Attend a live music performance at QT, dine on delicious Italian food, or simply rest and relax in your elegantly appointed room.
Outside the hotel, London awaits with its dozens of sights and attractions, including must-sees Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, as well as new sites such as SKETCH, an art-focused modern tearoom with a bathroom composed of space-like avant-garde toilet pods.
Some of London's most amazing activities are within walking distance of Middle Eight's front door.
Guests on foot can see and experience:
- The British Museum
- The National Gallery
- Trafalgar Square
- Royal Opera House
- The London Film Museum
- Somerset House
- London's Inn Fields
Other must-see London activities:
- Buckingham Palace
- Saville Row
- The Houses of Parliament
- Westminster Abbey
- London Southbank
- National Portrait Gallery
- St. James' Palace
- Kensington Palace
- The London Eye
- Harrods Department Store
- Tower of London
All of London is at your feet at Middle Eight. Whether you want to see the sights, do an all-day pub crawl, or shop to your heart's content, the hotel's location in Covent Garden offers easy accessibility to all parts of London, including the River Thames.
London is a city constantly on the move, so it's no surprise that it hosts some of the best transit options in the world. Whether it's the Tube, a double-decker bus, taxi, or train, there's a stop for it all near Middle Eight.
Holborn Station is two blocks away, about three minutes on foot.
Covent Garden Station is 4 blocks away, about seven minutes on foot.
Leicester Square Station is 8 blocks away, about 10 minutes on foot.
St. Pancras is 1.8 mi / 2.9 km away, about a half hour by foot or 15 minutes by car.
King's Cross Station is 1.8 / 2.9 km away, about a half hour by foot or 15 minutes by car.
Euston Station is 1 mi / 1.6 km away, about 20 minutes by foot or 10 minutes by car.
London City Airport is 9 mi / 14 km away, about 40 minutes by car, 35 minutes by rail.
Heathrow Airport is 19 mi/ 30 km away, about 55 minutes by car, 45 minutes by rail.
Gatwick Airport is 31 mi / 56 km away, about 90 minutes by car, 55 minutes by rail.