The Mandrake offers an “immersive” experience unlike any other boutique hotel in the city. Named after a plant whose root is reputed to have hallucinogenic qualities it certainly delivers on its alluring and hypnotic feel sure to tantalise your senses. With its intriguing design, breathtaking terrace, Artist In Residence programme, and impressive private Art collection, this is certainly one of the most exciting establishments in the city.
On entering the hotel guests are lulled into a dreamy dark tunnel where they are met by an enthralling installation by Magnhild Kennedy who creates ‘wearable sculptures’ from found materials- ranging anywhere from pearls, plastic trinkets and old teatowels. The installation is a fantastic example of The Mandrake’s exciting Artist in Residence (AiR) programme. The programme, fittingly, explores narratives of dark and light and sets the tone that this is more than just a ‘luxury hotel’, but a creative sanctuary whereby arts and culture are central to the spirit of the hotel; a place where creatives of all backgrounds are encouraged to indulge in an eccentric, enchanting hedonism.
The rest of the hotel boasts an eccentric private art collection curated by Lebanese-born owner Rami Fustock where Salvador Dali, Jeff Koons, Francesco Goya and Thomas Hooper are amongst the many, many artists you will encounter. Though the excitement does not end there. These plush, purplish interiors are contrasted by the breathtaking Jurema Terrace, draped in overflowing jasmine vines, the space leaves one feeling as though they are more likely to be somewhere in Bali than the heart of Fitzrovia.