Loved by playwrights, poets and artists throughout the decades, Soho has retained its edge with a swathe of fashionable openings, from Palace Skateboards to Wah Nails salon, with lots to see and do. There are hidden gems aplenty throughout its alleyways, including Berwick Street Market and Soho’s oldest pub, The French House – a favourite of Dylan Thomas and Francis Bacon. Here’s our guide to the best hotels in Soho.
The Soho Hotel
Each room in The Soho Hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows | Courtesy of The Soho Hotel / Expedia
The best thing about The Soho Hotel is undoubtedly the screening rooms and film club. Film aficionados can beat the crowds and watch the latest blockbuster and arthouse releases from the comfort of their own hotel and the Refuel restaurant and bar offers modern, seasonal cuisine in a lively, colourful setting. The upholstered bed frames and striking designer wallpaper also make this hotel stand out.
This sumptuously furnished 33-room hotel forms part of Soho House Group, which includes some of the capital’s most fashionable restaurants and private members’ clubs. You don’t have to be a member to stay at Kettner’s Townhouse, and we highly recommend that you do. For one, the envy-inducing décor will leave you feeling inspired, while The Piano Bar serves some of the finest cocktails around – and that’s saying something for Soho, which has been a watering hole for the city’s most beloved artists and writers for centuries.
The Nadler Soho is a sleek and stylish boutique hotel in the heart of Soho. Its unmistakable, monochromatic, minimalist interior will appeal to fashionistas and those with an artistic flair. Best of all, guests at The Nadler benefit from discounts at some of the neighbourhood’s best local restaurants and bars, including Japanese fare at Shoryu Ramen, Flavour Bastard and iconic Crosstown Doughnuts.
While not technically in Soho, The Mandrake is only a short walk from the heart of this historic neighbourhood. The hotel is oriented around a striking central courtyard with hanging gardens of jasmine and passion flower, evoking the feeling that you’ve stepped into another world. The miasma of London is replaced with the eerie soundscapes of French music producer Pierre Arnaud and specially designed scents from perfumer Azzi Glasser. Find a clandestine corner in the hotel bar, WAESKA, which is surrounded by the surreal and unsettling artworks of Francesco Clemente, Jonas Burgert and Peter-John de Villiers, and settle in for a cocktail.
Designed to be an all-encompassing village in itself, the Ham Yard Hotel boasts its own shopping centre, theatre, bowling alley, dance floor, library, gym, and even a hypoxic chamber for altitude training. With so many activities surrounding the central tree-filled courtyard, the Ham Yard is fantastic for those who don’t like to stay still during their time off!
Karma Sanctum Soho rock‘n’roll hotel is a collaboration between the wellness company Karma Group and hoteliers Sanctum Hotels. From the Jimi Hendrix-inspired stained-glass windows to the rooftop jacuzzi, this boutique hotel looks like something straight out of an 80s glam rock music video. There’s modern British cuisine at Wild Heart Bar & Grill and an array of spirits at the dramatic downstairs bar.
Dean Street Townhouse also belongs to the Soho House Group; as a purveyor of luxury private members’ clubs, hotels and restaurants, you can expect high attention to detail and level of service throughout. While Kettner’s serves modern French dining, Dean Street is an all-British affair with plush surroundings that evoke more of an old-world charm, which suits this converted Georgian townhouse well.