“Flamboyant boutique hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland with fab interiors, bold colour schemes and a funky subterranean pool”
Funky, eccentric English style emanates from every room. Expect vibrant colours, high ceilings and big sash windows ensuring the best use of natural light. Enormous care's been taken matching fabrics and bespoke furnishings, from the giant padded headboards to Kit Kemp's trademark tailor's dummies, upholstered to blend in with the theme of your room. And, as London hotel rooms go, the Haymarket gives you lots of space.
All rooms have a guide to what's hot in London, and though you won't find a tea making tray, there's a tempting minibar stocked with goodies (from pink champagne to scented candles). Sparkling granite bathrooms are spotless and roomy; most have a flatscreen TV set above the bath - perfect for unwinding.
The Superior Rooms are the smallest but they certainly don't feel claustrophobic (and those on the top floor have rooftop views). Luxury and Deluxe Rooms are slightly bigger while Junior Suites enjoy larger sitting areas with sofas and armchairs. The 1- and 2-Bedroom Suites are fit for any A-lister but come with a formidable price tag.
Top of the pile is the fully serviced 4-storey Townhouse situated on a quiet side street with a private entrance, direct access to the hotel, large fully-equipped kitchen and drawing room.
Decked out in fun canine-themed chairs, the hotel's modern brasserie-style all day restaurant Brumus is named after the owner's dog. It attracts theatre-goers and London's movers and shakers, with big windows looking out to the Haymarket hubbub. For dinner, starters range from Dorset crab to potted rabbit. The soused mackerel with pickled vegetables was particularly good and there's a solid selection of seafood dishes as well as tasty steaks.
Alongside Brumus is a buzzing bar where global snacks and imaginative cocktails are served through the evening. We also recommend the room service menu, available 24 hours a day.
For breakfast there’s a spread of fresh berries, cereals and pastries, plus hot dishes made to order. Free range this and organic that are the norm. Don’t miss the American-style pancakes with maple syrup and dry-cured bacon.
If you want to eat out, you're spoilt for choice - check-in your in-room guide or ask the team for their latest top tips!
The lovely staff welcome all kids with an age-appropriate gift on arrival; unprompted they also brought our 2 year old daughter some books to keep her amused at breakfast and a bath toy in the evening.
However, this is quite a grown-up hotel so don't expect to be outnumbered by children. Nor is this the sort of place that would appreciate kids screaming around the public areas.
If money is no object, the 4-storey Townhouse (complete with big kitchen and 2-5 bedrooms) would be amazing for larger families. The 2 Bedroom Suites are ideal for families (2 bathrooms and a kitchenette); the the Junior Suites can also take an extra bed. All rooms can take a baby cot.
Babysitting or nannies can be arranged for a charge - they ask for as much notice as possible but we gave them virtually none and they still delivered very well
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Children's portions and a kids' menu are available in the restaurant; milk and cookies are offered at bedtime. There's also 24-hour room service.
At the pool, children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult at all times. Watch out for sticky fingers on the perfect furnishings.