“A gorgeous hotel showcasing British culture and style - upmarket yet pleasingly informal”
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.
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).
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.
Babies (0-1 years)
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.
A baby monitor will stretch from some bedrooms to the dining room; enquire when booking.
Baby cots and high chairs.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking