The Laslett

Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom Book from

Reviewed by Liz Simpson
A gorgeous hotel showcasing British culture and style - upmarket yet pleasingly informal
At last! A hotel that's as original, exciting and coolly stylish as the neighbourhood it sits in. Named after Rhaune Laslett, one of the founders of Notting Hill Carnival, this townhouse hotel was much hyped before opening, and when we visited 2 days later, it was already living up to expectations.

In large, The Laslett has it all: 51 rooms and suites spread across 5 stuccoed townhouses in one of Notting Hill's most exclusive streets, minutes from the tube. The renovation was by Waldo Works, but it’s the small things that make this place really special: staff wear Levis and DMs; signage is creative; there are curated art collections by local artists and piles of Penguin classics in the bedrooms. Simplicity rules the design but things are complex beneath, every clever detail agonised over and perfected. From the moment smiling staff greet you in the open-plan reception/lounge/bar area, you feel instantly at home.

Highs

  • Clean lines and super-comfy beds in the beautiful bedrooms
  • A celebration of all things local and British: all designers and suppliers are from the UK
  • Staff are absolutely charming
  • Despite the top-quality furnishings, we felt very comfortable and relaxed; no standing on ceremony here
  • A great central location yet no traffic noise, and an easy walk/tube ride from London's main sights

Lows

  • No twin rooms
  • The Henderson Bar only serves light meals and a Continental breakfast (and portions are small), but Notting Hill overflows with great restaurants
  • No tea- and coffee-making facilities in the rooms. Of course there's room service, but sometimes you just want to make a cuppa when you fancy one

Best time to go

Any time of year. The hotel is fully air conditioned so a nice refuge from London's summer muginess, and it's a cosy base in winter. Book months ahead for Notting Hill Carnival (last weekend of August).

Our top tips

If you're here on a Saturday head to Waterstone's car park behind the tube station, where there's a weekly farmers' market: home-baked goodies, fruit and veg, cheeses, the works.

Great for...

City Style
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 51
  • Breakfast and light meals (restaurants nearby)
  • Allowed but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

The 51 rooms are spread across 5 townhouses, some facing the mansioned street, others, quieter, facing the back. All are clean-cut and flooded with natural light from big windows. Walls are a gorgeous light grey; perfectly pressed bed linen is snowy white. Colour comes from velvet chairs, raspberry bed blankets and modern pieces by local artists.

There's a uniformity to the décor, but each room is individually styled with a handful of Penguin classics and a wall of curated art. Groovy lamps are by Nocturne Workshop but, refreshingly, all technology is simple. Lights have a switch! Curtains don't need a remote control!

Other things that delight: sleek bathrooms with grey metro tiling, gleaming silver taps and citrus toiletries by Neal's Yard. A 'Big Bar' with retro sweets and bottles of Sipsmith Gin (plus shakers and an encouragement to call down for ice and a slice). Pretty preserved ferns. Heavy blackout curtains. There is much to admire.

Room categories range from smallest Spare Rooms up to vast Master Bedroom Suites, but the difference is really just square footage.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cots Available
  • Curated artwork
  • Desk
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • USB charging sockets
  • WiFi

Eating

The Henderson Bar offers an evolving all-day menu in the attractive bijou dining room. Continental breakfast includes fat pastries, Bircher muesli, and PRESS London juices (the kale, spinach, apple and celery mix is divine). If you want a lazy morning, get a tray delivered to your room and wake up over mugs of delicious organic CRU Kafe coffee.

Cakes, cocktails and light meals are served up throughout the day; all use seasonal British ingredients. Alternatively, the neighbourhood teems with great restaurants; ask the team for their recommendations. Especially popular is Ottolenghi (Middle-Eastern sharing plates, packed with fresh flavour) and The Shed (stunning quality farm produce).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Light meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating: Lunch on the Terrace
Activity:

Activities

  • Wander down Portobello Road, past an eclectic selection of shops (antiques, tat, chi-chi boutiques) and the famous pastel-coloured houses. Weekends are market days (Friday-Sunday); an early start is advised
  • Catch a film at the Electric Cinema, a 100-year-old institution. Leather armchairs and double beds make for a unique viewing experience!
  • Don't miss Les Couilles du Chien ('The Dog's Bollocks'), an amazing emporium of antiques and objets d'art
  • A pint at The Churchill Arms is a must - built in 1750 and loved by Winston Churchill. The exterior is festooned with floral bouquets and hanging baskets, some of which won awards at the Chelsea Flower Show
  • You're 10 minutes' walk from Hyde Park; picnic on the grass, stroll around the lake and go boating on the Serpentine

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Well being

Kids

Children are welcome and staff were extremely kind to our 1-year-old daughter, but it's not an obvious choice for families. There is no space for kids to run around; automatic front doors open almost straight onto the road, and furnishings are expensive.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Master Bedroom Doubles can fit a baby cot; Master Bedroom Suites can fit an extra bed or baby cot. There are 4 interconnecting rooms, which families will find useful.

Baby listening:

A baby monitor will stretch from some bedrooms to the dining room; enquire when booking.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots and high chairs.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
9/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
9/
Overall

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