London is a unique city. With its many different neighbourhoods, cultures, and centuries-old buildings sitting next to new, cutting-edge architecture, there’s something completely different to discover at every Tube stop. We could talk about the many different pockets of the city all day, but as London Fashion Week takes place once again, we look at some of the best places to stay in and around this eccentric central area.
Dean Street Townhouse
From the people that brought us Soho House, Dean Street Townhouse is a 39-bedroom hotel that takes up two Georgian houses in Soho. Dating back to 1732, the houses have been home to aristocratic families, King Charles II’s mistress, the famous Gargoyle Club and later Gossip’s – until being revamped as a boutique hotel in 2009. Inside the hotel is classic and timeless, with the perfect balance of old-school Georgian style and contemporary design, while the restaurant serves up some of the best British food in the West End. Go to the Dean Street Townhouse website to find out more.
On London’s Berners Street is the Sanderson, a luxury hotel with just the right amount of wit and irony to make it feel more like a modern art gallery than a place to rest your head. From the huge lips sofa that greets you in the lobby, to the eye-print bar stools and famous Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea, the Sanderson is certainly a hotel that doesn’t take it too seriously. For more information, visit the Sanderson website.
The Soho Hotel
In a former car park minutes from Soho Square, The Soho Hotel is one of the most stylish hotels in this postcode. With floor-to-ceiling factory windows and eccentric interiors – clashing prints, bold colours and huge statues of cats – this is a hotel that takes pleasure in design, without surpassing hospitality and old fashioned, simple features (think actual room keys and light switches that don’t require a card to function). To find out more about The Soho Hotel, visit its website.
The London EDITION
The London EDITION is in London’s Fitzrovia – just a five minute walk from Soho. The brainchild of famed hotelier Ian Schrager, the EDITION is situated in a building that dates back to 1835, with elegant, sophisticated interiors given a fashionable touch with pieces inspired by Salvador Dali and Donald Judd. It’s lavish, opulent and contemporary – making a refreshing change to other new hotels that are constantly popping up in the city. Don’t miss the restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton and the oak-panelled Punch Room. Visit the London EDITION website to see more.
The Hospital Club
The hotel of choice for all media types, The Hospital Club on the border of Covent Garden and Holborn is the type of place you’d visit and never want to leave. The 15 bedrooms of this private members’ club are a glorious mixture of 1970s Californian bohemia and mid-century design, eclectic art features and a turndown cocktail trolley each evening. What’s not to love? Click here to visit The Hospital Club website.
Words by Angharad Jones