24. 3 suitable for disabled.
lift, cocktail lounge, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview).
all day in cocktail lounge.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 room £245–£798, continental buffet £14, cooked breakfast from £4.50.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Decked out in an opulent, eccentric style befitting the one-time home of Edward Lear, this seven-storey Georgian pile has a ‘warm, inclusive atmosphere’ and more than a touch of character. Enter via the deep-red cocktail bar – ‘there’s always something to catch the eye’. ‘Every surface and inch of wall is busy: architectural plaster mouldings, Chinese ceramics, a sculpted nose.’ There are ‘decadent cocktails’ to be had here, and afternoon teas with unusual options (black pudding Scotch eggs with Indian spiced mayonnaise, perhaps, or sandwiches of sloe gin-glazed ham). A short menu of ‘perfect comfort food’ (sharing boards; sausage rolls; Old Fashioned-cured salmon on rye) is available till late. ‘Every detail has been carefully considered’ in the lavish bedrooms – ground coffee and organic teas; slippers and bathrobes; a hot-water bottle; a selection of novels. ‘Our rear room faced a mews – wonderfully quiet for London.’ Even the smallest rooms have large sash windows and fine antiques, but consider booking Lear’s Loft, which has a private roof terrace – ideal for dancing by the light of the moon.
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