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About Time

Maurice Laurence, head mixologist at Middle Eight

"Meet Maurice LawrenceMiddle Eight’s newly appointed Head Mixologist. Formerly of Sketch and No Fifty Cheyne, Maurice has been working in London bars for over a decade, honing his craft and putting his stamp on old classics"


Brummell Recommends: Middle Eight Hotel

"Covent Garden’s five-star music-themed bolthole hotel is the ultimate in luxury indulgence, designed with the music lover in mind"

The Capturist

Afternoon Tea Review

"Overall a lovely experience with great flavours and excellent customer service, a place I will definitely revisit"


Brand Spanking New Afternoon Teas To Try In London This Month

"Though it launched in March, this musical offering escaped our radar at the time — but it looks absolutely delightful. "


Covent Garden's music-inspired stay hits all the right notes

" Sitting on the site of the former Kingsway Hall, whose acoustics became a famed recording venue for classical and film music, the hotel pays homage to its former resident."

House of CoCo

Why this music themed afternoon tea really strikes a chord

"Their Covent Garden Crescendo menu is a delectable fusion of music teemed with delicious treats."

Concierge News

The Society of the Golden Keys Cocktail Party

"The Society of the Golden Keys hosted their annual Cocktail Party at Middle Eight Hotel and celebrated their 71st Anniversary."

Secret London

Treat Yourself To A Luxury Experience At This Musically Themed Hidden Gem

"The opulent Middle Eight hotel offers an experience that goes above and beyond to ensure you have a great time whether you’re there for fun, food, or relaxation"

Country & TownHouse

Best Afternoon Teas In London

"Cleanse the palette with something sweet; Middle Eight presents no less than five small desserts to try, all following a musical theme from name to decoration."

The Resident

London's Best Mother's Day Afternoon Teas, Lunches & Celebrations

"This afternoon tea is a musically-inspired symphony of sandwiches and sweet treats. "

The Luxury Editor

Discovering Sycamore Vino Cucina's Mood Boosting Menu

"The two culinary creatives combine their expertise to serve up dishes designed for optimum health benefits whilst featuring the finest of the season’s offering."


Gary Lee Q&A

"The former Ivy executive chef, who now leads the kitchen at Sycamore Vino Cucina within London's Middle Eight hotel in Covent Garden, on his first job and his worst review."


Amy Winehouse's band reunite for intimate gigs

"Amy Winehouse’s band have performed together again for the first time in London since her passing."

London X London

29 Brilliant Things to do in Covent Garden

"Spend a Jazz-Filled Evening at Middle Eight with Leo Green"

Mail Online

Line Of Duty's Adrian Dunbar surprises music venue

"The Line of Duty star, 64, performed a rendition of That’s All Right accompanied by a live band and backing singers."

The Indepenndant

Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar surprises with Elvis rendition

"Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar has delighted fans with a rendition of an Elvis Presley classic at a music venue in London at the QT jazz bar"

Big Hospitality

Sycamore Vino Cucina

"Gary Lee has been appointed executive chef of Covent Garden restaurant Sycamore Vino Cucina within London's Middle Eight hotel."

The Bespoke Black Book

Middle Eight

"Middle Eight is not just a place to stay, not just a location from which to explore the West End, not just a bridge between where you were and where you are going tomorrow. It’s a destination in itself."

The Reviews Hub

The Ultimate R'n'B and Soul - The Green Room

"From the moment you arrive at the venue it feels like you’re in for something special. From the quality of the service, the food, and the entertainment itself, as a package, it’s a fantastic night out."

Robb Report

The Low Down: newish opening, planting the seeds of a trendy new era for Covent Garden

"In deference to the opening lyrics from one of the most famous middle-eights in rock history, “Life is very short”, readers are implored to pay it a visit."

Essentially Pop

Riva Taylor Performs ‘This Woman’s Heart’ Live At QT, Covent Garden With Class And Style.

"This gig will go down as one of my favourites of the year so far. The setting was perfect for Riva Taylor to give flight to these songs; her vocals and performance were perfect in every way as she released these songs, dove like, into the evening air. "

The Travel Magazine

Middle Eight is a beautiful hotel minutes away from Covent Garden

"Middle Eight hotel is a beautifully crafted five-star 3-in-1 hotel in a fabulous location close to Covent Garden. Artful rooms, a SpeakEasy and a top-notch restaurant. If you are in the market for an upscale hotel in Covent Garden, you would be mad not to stay here."


Inside Covent Garden’s newest music-themed luxury hotel

"Dining at Sycamore Vino Cucina is simultaneously a laidback experience and a high-end experience — although the restaurant doesn’t feel too uptight or fussy, the food is worthy of a Michelin star (or two)."

The Peg

Foot-stomping fun

"Sometimes you find yourself in a world that you never knew existed. Or perhaps you suspected that it did, but didn’t think you could ever be part of it. Those movies where Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby are always meeting up in clubs where they eat and drink while the band plays around them. And maybe the woman they both fancy will start singing. Well, it turns out, such places do exist outside the movies, and The Green Room at the QT bar in the Middle Eight hotel is one such."

The Resident

Mother's Day: ways to spoil your mum in London

"Head Chef Rafael Liuth (ex-Sketch, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s) has created limited-edition dishes inspired by his own grandmother as well as dishes from Lombardy, as part of the restaurant’s series that spotlights different region’s cuisine each month."

The Independent

Mother's Day: The ultimate guide to treating foodie mums

"The authentic Covent Garden Italian is celebrating motherhood with the launch of their Amore Nonna Campaign. Translating as “Love Grandmother” in Italian, the restaurant will showcase a unique twist on traditional celebrations by honouring the matriarch of the family."


Ray Gelato at QT Presents The Green Room

"So, if you want a fun evening, singing along and clicking your fingers to standards such as “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey”, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”, “Mack The Knife and many more, whilst enjoying delicious cocktails and food, QT Presents The Green Room could be the place for you."

The Reviews Hub

Ray Gelato – The Green Room, Middle Eight Hotel, London

"It’s a head-nodding, foot-tapping, thigh-slapping celebration of jazz, in a great venue to boot. If The Green Room keep inviting artists of this standard, accompanied by the great food, and service, they are onto a winner."

Eating in London

Authentic Italian Feasting at Sycamore vino Cucina

"Located in Middle Eight, one of the most sought-after hotels in London, Sycamore Vino Cucina is an all-day Italian restaurant and bar which oozes luxury."

Country & Town House

London's Best Jazz Bars

"Believe it or not, London can do jazz. This scene is one of the best nights out the city has to offer – here we bring you the best jazz bars in London."

The Handbook

Suite Life: Inside Middle Eight, Holborn’s New Music-Themed Hotel


"The gospel choir in ‘Suspicious Minds’? A middle eight. David Bowie becoming fascinated by fascinations in ‘Changes’? A middle eight. And now, also a fabulous hotel smack in the middle of Holborn. You might’ve guessed it’s music-themed, sitting where Kingsway Hall once stood: an 18th Century recording and gig venue. Ch-ch-ch-ch-check it out…"

Luxury Lifestyle Magazine

Hotel Review: Middle Eight, Covent Garden In London

"An opulent and well-located haven of tranquility in the heart of bustling Covent Garden, Middle Eight is fast becoming one of the most sought-after luxury hotels amongst the affluent – not to mention, a place to ‘see and be seen’. Chic, modern and fresh, this trendy hotspot, with its lavish interior, innovative rooms and suites, and great foodie scene, should definitely be your next port of call when visiting London."

London Unattached

QT Presents the Green Room, Leo Green’s Jazz Residency

"Glamorous hideaway in Covent Garden where you can swing from the rafters and enjoy a fabulous night at Leo Green’s sultry, sexy, jazz-infused residency. This stylish late-night basement bar can be found beneath the creamy façade of the elegant new luxury lifestyle hotel Middle Eight"

PORT Magazine

The luxury hotel in Holborn setting itself apart

"Our neighbourhood just happens to be one of London’s most exciting areas. Covent Garden has so much to offer, from its piazza, the Royal Opera House, and the Theatre Royal, through to designer shops and antique markets. London’s ‘theatreland’ is also on our doorstep, as is Leicester Square, Soho, Trafalgar Square, and the Thames."

Country & Townhouse

London's Best Jazz Bars

"Luxury hotel Middle Eight is ready to welcome this century’s roaring twenties with The Green Room, a contemporary take on the classic speakeasy. This jazzy takeover of the QT hideaway features music legend Leo Green, who has played all over the world with the likes of Jack Savoretti, Paul McCartney and Jerry Lee Lewis."

The Times

Best Hotels in London

"A hotel opening within sashaying distance of Covent Garden and on the site of what was once Kingsway Hall, a renowned concert and recording venue, is music to our ears."

The Telegraph

Telegraph Review

"Chic, modern and vibrant, Middle Eight is a statement lifestyle hotel. From the moment you step into the high-ceilinged lobby, you get an impression of space and airiness with clear sight-lines to the bar and restaurant. Rooms are wonderfully imaginative, while the QT “speakeasy” bar is a winner."

The Handbook

It’s National Negroni Week! The Best London Bars Serving The Classic

"New Executive Head Chef Andrew Parkinson has created a menu that pays homage to the cocktail. "

Gay Times

And now for a musical interlude…

It’s a big deal opening a hotel this size right in the middle of town. So much to get wrong. But by throwing money and great designers at it, leaving what needs to be left (the dilapidated brick wall as you go down to the enormous downstairs party space, QT) and not being afraid to be bang up to date, Middle Eight has emerged from its previous incarnation as a whatever mid-town hotel into a smash hit."

Eating in London

London's new restaurants born in lockdown

"Over and above the food and drink, Sycamore will be an urban local hang-out with the sharing nature of the dishes creating an atmosphere that is sociable, cool, and informal: bustling during the day and buzzing by night with live DJs."


Behind The Scenes: It’s A Standing Ovation For New Covent Garden Hotel Middle Eight

" Middle Eight – named after the middle part of the song that gives a touch of variety to a tune – has a fittingly intriguing name well-suited to its alluring design aesthetic. It may look elegant and discreet, but this is a hotel with soul..."


The new London hotels

"Found in Covent Garden, Middle Eight also has Tonik Associates behind its interior concept. It has an elegant, relaxed home-from-home feel, fitting for the cool vibe of its Covent Garden surroundings."

Evening Standard

The biggest hotel to launch in London this year

"Middle Eight will welcome guests for the first time after a £40 million overhaul of the Covent Garden building on the site of the former Kingsway Hall recording venue. It was known for decades as one of the leading recording venues in London for orchestral music because of its central location and excellent acoustics. Tenor Luciano Pavarotti’s voice was captured there for the first time in 1964 on an EP called Favourite Italian Arias."


Sycamore Vino Cucina Opens In Covent Garden

"Sycamore Vino Cucina in Covent Garden is an all-day Italian with a destination bar. This new Covent Garden Italian sees top chef Paul Robinson inspired by Northern Italy, from the nduja pizzas for breakfast through to hand-rolled pasta for dinner."

Brummell Magazine

Stay happy: The Guardsman and Middle Eight

"The two new luxury hotel openings are bringing optimism, excitement and world-class accommodation, food, drink, service and more to London"


This intergalactic hotel doesn't feel like London, but it's one of the best new places to stay

"The good-value newcomer feels more like Singapore or Dubai, but is in Covent Garden"

Robb Report

Robb Recommends: The Guardsman Hotel, Buckingham Gate

"This new London boutique establishment is where a contemporary Bertie Wooster would hang out."

You Magazine

A serene escape in the heart of the city at Middle Eight

"The efforts made to celebrate nature, be eco-conscious and sustainable are unmissable."

Design my night

We tried the covent garden Italian restaurant littered with golden sycamore leaves

"From the moment I walked through the doors, I was met by slinky interiors."


Our staycation in london: a night at middle eight

"A luxury staycation in London was in order and the new Middle Eight hotel prides itself with its ability to combine the sexy, the sustainable and the state-of-the-art."

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