“An irresistible rustic-luxe city enclave with a buzzy restaurant and cool cocktail bar”
Regency meets rustic in the bedrooms, where Farrow & Ball greys sit alongside exposed brickwork, and battered leather armchairs hold heritage check cushions. Most rooms are fairly compact, crashpad-style spaces, but indulgences come in the form of other-worldly kingsize mattresses, 100% cotton 400-thread-count bedlinens and brick-tiled bathrooms with plate-sized rain showers.
We’d be perfectly happy in any room, but The Loft and the 2 suites are where it gets really fun! We burrowed away in the former: a pitch-ceilinged, rooftop-gazing nest with an in-room 1930s French-style tub accompanied by Bramley bath products and fluffy robes. The gentle hum of the Roberts radio and a refresher from the Smeg minibar ensured we felt instantly at home. The Club Suite veers more towards the Art Deco, while the largest and most refined of all the rooms is the Grand Suite. Here a bespoke four-poster and cast-iron tub are framed by ornate cornicing and grand sash windows. If you’re after a romantic bolthole that shows thought and flair, you won’t do better than this.
The welcoming chic retro-loft-style restaurant, complete with exposed brick walls and copper lights, The Cambridge Street Kitchen, serves simply delicious fusion fare all day every day. For dinner we enjoyed pickled herring with pear and yuzu, and duck egg on oyster mushrooms, followed by crispy quail egg on soba noodles and radish, and Dover sole. Buttermilk pannacotta and rhubarb crumble were savoured for dessert. The wine list was both well-priced and well-researched, which we very much appreciated.
To round off a decadently delightful evening, we descended to the Clarendon Cocktail Cellar for superb cocktails. You're in safe hands with the resident mixologists, who expertly assessed our likes and dislikes before presenting me with a deliciously sweet yet fresh Pisco Sour - easily my new favourite tipple. After a night of alcoholic experimentation, we were galvanised next morning by an irresistible egg benedict and poached eggs with avocado and chilli on rye for breakfast, with oodles of very necessary tea and toast.
Although all ages are welcome, we feel the cool city vibe and stylised restaurant and bar are best suited to adult guests.
Babies (0-1 years)
Medium rooms, The Loft and the suites can hold a baby cot, but no extra beds are available. Children must be aged 12+ to stay in their own room.