Top 4 best boutique hotels in London

By Hotelegraph experts

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An insider’s guide to the best boutique hotels in London, featuring the top places to stay for period charm, hip cocktail bars, cool design, sumptuous interiors and great breakfasts, in locations including Soho, Knightsbridge, Marylebone, Clerkenwell and Pimlico.

The Portobello Hotel

Notting Hill, London, England

The hotel sits in the middle of a quiet terrace of houses that back on to Stanley Gardens. Opened in 1971, the new owners have retained the charming furniture, including many Victorian baths, and concentrated on enhancing, rather than materially changing, the look and feel of the hotel. Rooms range from tiny but beautifully coloured attic rooms to No 16, where Kate Moss and Johnny Depp filled the Victorian bath with Champagne, and No 13, with its enormous four-poster bed that requires a set of steps to reach.

The Rockwell

Earls Court, London, England

The interiors are great, with lovely flowers, lots of pale walls, claret silk curtains and fuchsia carpet in reception and Victorian patterned tiled floors. The sweet little high-walled garden at the back hosts barbecues in the summer. The 40 rooms (13 singles, worth remembering) are spacious and pretty without being chintzy; a nice break from pared down chic. The small, potentially charming dining room and bar overlook the garden, reached via a glass bridge, and serve good modern European food.
The Rookery Hotel, London

The Rookery

The City, London, England

The Rookery is located between the City and the East End, by Smithfield Market, but distant enough not to hear meat trucks at 5am. Open fires, sumptuous Georgian detailing, wonky floors and bulging bookshelves complete the picture. There’s an Honesty Bar downstairs – and even a tiny garden terrace for the summer. There are 33 rooms and two singles. All are as quirky as the building, sharing only rich 18th-century colours, antiques, glowing woods and modernised mad plumbing.
The Laslett Notting Hill

The Laslett

Notting Hill, London, England

Notting Hill is oddly short of decent hotels and The Laslett has stepped neatly into the gap, converting five Victorian terrace houses into a luxury hotel, one minute’s walk from Notting Hill Gate. Expect creative ‘westies’ in the bar, and food, artworks and décor supplied largely by local, frequently famous, talent. Prepare to name-check: a cool, restrained grey-and-white palette sets off lighting by Simon Day; art by Londoners — from Barbara Hulanicki of BIBA fame to artist-novelist Harland Miller; antiques by Jerome Dodd on the Golborne Road and super-chic flowers by Scarlet and Violet.
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