A change of both name and feel for Bingham Riverhouse this year, its ‘more traditional, opulent style’ replaced by ‘something more informal and friendly’, say our inspectors.
A busy, multi-tasking pub, 'school-run coffees in the morning, great food and pub atmosphere at night'.
A smart hotel in a former boys’ school between Olympia London exhibition centre and Hammersmith.
It’s not alone in claiming to be ‘London’s first boutique hotel’, but the ‘charming, quirky’ Portobello is assuredly one of its most extraordinary.
Named after Rhaune Laslett, a community activist and co-founder of the area’s annual carnival, this vibrant hotel occupies a row of five white stucco Victorian houses and draws inspiration and energy from its eclectic locality.
Visitors can live like a local at this eclectic Victorian house in chic yet quirky Notting Hill.
Steps away from museums, the Royal Albert Hall and the green spaces of Hyde Park, an intimate hotel in a Grade II listed South Kensington town house.
‘No bland corporate anonymity here.’ Beyond the portico of a white stucco Victorian mansion lies a truly boutique hotel, part of Kit and Tim Kemp’s Firmdale group.
Osbert Lancaster dubbed the style ‘Pont Street Dutch’, but behind the gabled red brick facade of twin Victorian mansions, you are in Italy.
Not far from Hyde Park and Marble Arch, an elegant hotel spread over three mid-19th century town houses with a comfortable, homely atmosphere.
All is serene at this handsome 1860s town house hotel (Firmdale group) just minutes from Hyde Park.
A ticket toss from the station, three meticulously restored Victorian town houses in a Paddington side street have been reinvented as ‘an affordable boutique hotel’.
The show-stopper at this small hotel is Sharon Marston’s April Light, an 18-metre cascade of polished steel, polymer and glass fibre optics, which hangs in the central stairwell, scattering colours and light.
‘On arrival we discovered that our package included afternoon tea, which we enjoyed before a concert at Cadogan Hall.’
Across from the pocket park of Orange Square, with its statue of a young Mozart, this ‘upmarket pub/café/restaurant’ is a sister to the Grazing Goat (see entry).
An idyllic spot, this Thames-side hotel and spa is ‘so very relaxing’.
Bright modernity filters through this smart, surprisingly affordable Belgravia B&B within walking distance of some of London’s most iconic sights.
High-spec technology meets ‘domesticated heaven’ at this sophisticated Pimlico hotel on a tranquil garden square, within easy reach of a major travel hub.
Forget starving in a garret. Artists need their creature comforts like the rest of us, and find them at Charlotte and Justin Salisbury’s hip hotels (see also Brighton, South Leigh).
Choose Lear’s Loft bedroom at this Georgian town house and you can dance to the light of the moon on a roof terrace with alfresco copper bath, then phone down for mince and slices of quince and a runcible spoon.
In ‘a great location’ in vibrant ‘Portman Village’, tucked away behind Oxford Street, this ‘all-day café/bar/restaurant-with-rooms’ has a relaxed vibe.
‘We enjoyed our very expensive one-night stay,’ writes a reader who pushed the boat out at Jeremy Goring’s grand Edwardian hotel, the last of its kind in London to be run by the founding family.
Front-facing rooms peep into the royal mews from the fifth floor of this historic building, overlooking Buckingham Palace.
‘I have stayed at this lovely hotel for many years, and it still pleases in every respect,' writes a reader in 2019, of this cherished London institution, contrived from four knocked-through Georgian town houses.
In a quiet spot, this Mayfair hotel (part of the Althoff collection) in a former diplomats’ club has a secret shortcut on to Green Park.
Walking distance from the attractions of South Kensington, this ‘elegant yet hip, fun’ hotel is ‘conveniently located’ for museum-hoppers and shop-till-you-droppers.
Just across the bridge in Eton, this refurbished Georgian inn is on a corner of the high street. Simply furnished bedrooms have wood furniture, comfortable beds and crisp bedlinen; some rooms have a view of Windsor Castle or the river. The pub dishes and daily blackboard specials are cooked using local, seasonal produce, much of it sourced from the royal farm estate. At the rear, the inn’s owners (Windsor and Eton Brewery) have created a smart decked garden for eating and drinking outside in warmer months.
Self-sufficient guests will find excellent value at this stylish B&B. In a Victorian town house, on a tree-lined road, it is a fifteen-minute walk away from Windsor Castle and close to Heathrow (some aircraft noise). Shops, pubs and restaurants are nearby. Breakfast is a help-yourself affair. Each comfortable room (some with a table and chairs) has a mini-fridge stocked with fresh milk, water, fruit juice, yoghurt; cupboards reveal cereals, fruit, muffins, bread for toasting, teas, coffee and hot chocolate. A breakfast room is also available for guests’ use. Complimentary movies and books may be borrowed. Parking is possible on the drive or by permit on the street.
In fifteen acres of landscaped grounds, a red-brick Queen Anne mansion that was originally built for the Churchill family. Afternoon tea is served in The Polo Bar and Lounge or outside on the terrace. FORK restaurant (casual dining), and some of the modern bedrooms have views over the lovely garden, where outdoor activities include a croquet lawn, tennis courts, shooting hoops and giant snakes and ladders. Part of Exclusive Collection.
Ten minutes from Ascot Racecourse, this 18th-century red-brick pub is a cert for equine devotees and rural inn-seekers alike. There are nooks and crannies, tweedy fabrics. original stone floors and a welcoming open fire in cooler months. Some of the comfortable bedrooms have views over the peaceful garden which has plenty of seating and a cosy Cabana for the ultimate outdoor dining experience. Traditional pub fare is supplemented with dishes such as Wild Boar sausages, mash, lentils and savoy cabbage or braised rabbit, mustard root vegetables and tarragon.
Just outside Bracknell, Valerie Preston’s homely B&B is within easy reach of both Ascot and Windsor. There are thoughtful touches and great attention to detail in comfortable bedrooms, splendid breakfasts, and a terrace in the delightfully colourful. well-cared-for garden. 4 miles drive from Ascot.
In the thick of things, a large, modern hotel on the cobbled high street. Public spaces are vibrantly furnished or bright with colourful prints. Food and drink is available throughout the day; HarSpa has a whirlpool, sauna, steam room and small open-air heated pool.
An elegantly updated Queen Anne-style mansion in lovely gardens. Lavish afternoon teas are served on the terrace, fine dinners in an oak-panelled room. Soothing treatments for face, body and nails can be booked. Guildford Station is a 10 minutes’ drive.
Last updated: June 15, 2019