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Last updated: 28 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

With colourful interiors that are chock-full of character, an award-winning cocktail bar and an acclaimed chef, this Georgian townhouse is a perfect bolthole for individualists and hedonists.

The design means it feels more eccentric country house than hotel: each of the 13 rooms has a unique mix of antiques and curios; all come with decadent bathrooms and plenty of free treats, from rare teas to classic novels.

With so few rooms, you’ll need to book well ahead, but there’s an intimate, house-party feel: this is a hotel for couples who want to immerse themselves in London’s hippest corner, without shouting about it.

Surrounding area

The location, on a cobbled square in quietly cool Clerkenwell, adds to the feeling of living like a local (there’s a newer sister hotel in Marylebone, too).

Dickensian Clerkenwell was known for its breweries and gin distilleries. House cocktails, featuring bespoke tinctures and cordials, pay homage to that heritage.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

St Paul’s Cathedral

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.1 miles]

This iconic, domed cathedral is an architectural masterpiece and a highlight of London’s skyline, designed by the great Sir Christopher Wren.

Best for ages: 10+ | £17

British Museum

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.7 miles]

An awe-inspiring collection of more than seven million artefacts spanning two million years, from prehistory to the present day. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, Elgin Marbles and a granite head of King Rameses II.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free

Royal Opera House

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.7 miles]

This grand setting in Covent Garden is home to both the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet companies, and the place for lavish, spectacular performances by the world’s leading singers and dancers.

Best for ages: 18+ | £45 | 1-3 hours

Shakespeare plays at The Globe

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.7 miles]

Shakespeare’s works are brought vividly to life at this half-timbered, riverside replica of the Bard’s Elizabethan theatre. A pilgrimage for Shakespeare fans.

Best for ages: 13+ | £10 | 1-3 hours

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Royal Mails Museum, Subterranean railway under London streets, Small narrow passage train for tourists that have replaced the original post and parcel carriages

Postal Museum

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 miles]

It may not sound exciting, but the British Postal Service – one of the worlds’ first – has a rich and fascinating story to tell, and a visit here offers the chance to ride on the Mail Rail.

Best for ages: 8+ | £16

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Front view of an entrance to the museum during the daytime

Dr. Johnson’s House

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.9 miles]

The 300-year-old home of Dr Samuel Johnson, who compiled the first English dictionary here (on display) in 1755. The townhouse is one of the few remnants of Georgian London remaining in the City.

Best for ages: 18+ | £8

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A side view of the entrance to the museum

Foundling Museum

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.3 miles]

The Foundling Hospital was Britain’s first home for abandoned children – today, it’s a museum telling the moving story of the 25,000 orphans raised there.

Best for ages: 13+ | £950

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Exterior of the Bank of England, central bank of the United Kingdom in the city of London

Bank of England Museum

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.5 miles]

A fascinating museum with five galleries that document the history and workings of one of the world’s oldest and most influential central banks. Learn about the Bank’s history (founded 1694), its role in maintaining the stability of the UK’s economy, the development of banknotes, and handle some gold.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Greater London, United Kingdom (UK)

World-class culture, fashion, music, food and history – and a mind-boggling array of bucket list experiences – packed into one extraordinary, incomparable destination. 

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