An intimate and quirky gay friendly boutique hotel in a quiet corner of London’s gay village with a huge history and heart. Step through the door and enter the world of a stylish 18th century gentleman’s club – very English, civilised and eccentric but never stuffy. No surprise that this is a favourite with stage, film and media people from all over the world.
“London’s best kept secret.” Harpers Bazaar, New York
Tucked away at the end of Frith Street near Soho Square, away from the roar of traffic but very near to Soho’s exciting and pulsating cosmopolitan heart and London’s theatreland. You are very very central and may not need to get on the underground or bus again. Short walks to Bond Street, Covent Garden and many of the key attractions.
Nearest underground station is Tottenham Court Road which is on the central and Northern lines and just five minutes walk away. The team will be happy to arrange a private transfer to collect you from the airport.
- The sense of moving into a different age as you pass through the door but without any loss of modern comforts. A sense of the past and present is everywhere. The rooms are named after famous visitors to the home of William Hazlitt, an 18th century essayist and critic. We stayed in ‘Jonathan Swift ‘ named after the author of Gulliver’s Tales
- Central and close to everything but then you can return to the peace of your quiet refuge each night. This is the quiet end of Frith street in buzzy Soho and even the rooms at the front of the hotel are quiet
- There is also a 24 hour reception/room service so there is no need for any key fumbling if you return in the wee hours
- The furniture and furnishings are dramatic and perfectly selected. History just oozes from every nook and cranny
- The wonderful staff – friendly, humorous, interested and interesting. They all share the owners’ passion and vision which makes for a very special place
- Each room or suite is a wonder of hand-picked and hand-crafted antique furnishings and interiors. There is nothing standard here and no two rooms are the same. The owners have personally designed and sourced everything you see from the most amazing character beds, feature marble wash stands, claw foot baths to old pull cisterns
- All bathrooms are en-suite and have either a range of bath and shower options. They are all unique and riddled with character and comfort
- There are two guest lounges including a library where you are free to “lounge”, read a book, enjoy a drink from the honesty bar or order light refreshments
- Delicious breakfasts are served in your room or in the library
- 24 hour room service and meeting room facilities are available
- There is an equally amazing sister hotel, The Rookery, in Clerkenwell
Peter McKay and Douglas Blain are passionate about using antiques and traditional craftsmanship. They have a wealth of experience in restoration projects over many years. They are personally involved in the creation and design of every room and strongly believe in creating a place with a heart and soul which you will want to return to again and again. And the people, including film directors, fashion designers and journalists, return time and again to this best kept secret.
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