César award in 2002

Guests ring a bell to enter Peter McKay and Douglas Blain’s ‘stunningly individual’ hotel, which occupies three Georgian houses off Soho Square. Inside, ‘every corridor and every room has much to investigate and appreciate’. ‘It is an island of civility amongst the stream of maddening hoards that flock into London,’ says a regular visitor. Public areas are filled with ‘old architectural features, old furniture, old paintings’; the library has a working fireplace, an honesty bar and plenty of books. Quentin Hales is the manager; staff are ‘friendly and efficient’. Elaborately furnished bedrooms have original panelled walls, antiques and silk curtains; period bathrooms have restored fixtures and fittings, sometimes a roll-top bath. ‘Our room at the back had a wonderfully comfortable bed. We slept with two windows ajar and heard no noise during the night – admirable for central London.’ A short breakfast menu, served in the bedroom or the library, has bacon sandwiches, fruit and Greek yogurt, or a baker’s basket of freshly baked croissants and pastries. A small room-service menu is available all day. (Peter Reynolds, and others)
  • A stunningly individual hotel, like no other we have ever stayed at. Convenient for theatres and restaurants, and within comfortable walking distance of the British Museum. With no restaurant, our contact with staff was limited, but we found them friendly and efficient. We had the room Dr John Snow at the back, and were amazed at how quiet it was, though we turned off the air-conditioning and slept with two windows slightly ajar. A wonderfully comfy bed. An incredibly large bathroom. The loo was best described as a throne. The most complex system of light switches I have ever come across. Breakfast in the room was served on a tray, but there was no table on which to put the items off the tray so we had to juggle dishes, glasses and cups around – not ideal.

    H M, 05/06/2013

  • We were impressed. Staff are helpful, housekeeping is immaculate, the ambience is relaxing, the reception area is warm and welcoming. Our first-floor room overlooked Frith Street, but triple-glazed windows cut out traffic noise; the air-conditioning worked well and quietly. The room was dominated by a huge bed, supremely comfortable, and made as requested with sheets and blankets. Oil paintings on dark red panelled walls, heavy curtains, large, deep bath in the bathroom. Breakfast of fruit salad, pastries, rolls is served in your room or the library.

    P B, 02/12/2012

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Contact Details


6 Frith Street, Soho Square SOHO Greater London England W1D 3JA


020 7434 1771

Further Information


30. 2 on ground floor.


all year.


lift, 2 sitting rooms, meeting room, free Wi-Fi, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2015] per room B&B £288–£834.