West London is home to iconic neighbourhoods such as Notting Hill, Kensington and Chiswick, with plenty of period architecture and tree-lined streets to explore. If you think it’s best to head west, take a look at Culture Trip’s pick of the top hotels in the area.
High Road House, Chiswick High Road
The decor at this uber-hip Chiswick hangout is self-aware but not over the top – an eclectic mix of Scandinavian serenity and Art Deco glamour gives it the kind of comfort you’d expect to find in an ultra-stylish friend’s home, rather than a hotel. Primarily a private members’ club, it offers plenty of spots, including the retro living room and brass-burnished bar, to hang out with friends. Up in the bedrooms, white walls provide a stark contrast to the artfully placed ebony-coloured trinkets. Opt for the Playroom to enjoy a clawfoot tub or book into one of the Tiny rooms if you’re travelling solo.
The Laslett Hotel gets that boutique charm just right – the light and casual atmosphere perfectly complements the curious litany of artwork and books dotted around. Luxury interiors and relaxed but efficient service make this a huge draw for the area’s well-heeled crowd. Just a minute’s skip from Notting Hill Gate, it puts you right in middle of the neighbourhood’s market action. Don’t miss out on a stiff drink in Henderson’s Bar and if you’re lucky enough to have a balcony in your room, set some time aside to enjoy a leisurely breakfast on it.
Located near the M4, this boutique hotel is a favourite of business travellers who are tired of constantly checking into chains. With a top-notch Japanese restaurant on-site, it’s got the makings of a great evening after a hard day’s work. A botanical theme runs throughout the hotel, with miniature terrariums dotted among the ocean-blue soft furnishings. It’s as great for play as it is for work, being next door to Kew Gardens and Richmond, too.
This playful and polished hotel is perfect for discerning luxurians. The Franklin Restaurant offers modern Italian cuisine from Michelin-star chef Alfredo Russo and themed afternoon teas which in 2018 included a Mexican-inspired menu celebrating the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Frida Kahlo exhibition. Cocktail aficionados will love the mixology masterclasses with expert bartender Salvatore Maggio, and there’s a beautiful hammam in which to unwind.
A chic, boutique hotel with clashing fabrics, vibrant colour schemes and a hip clientele make Number Sixteen in South Kensington a must for social media mavens. Though set in the heart of one of London’s busiest tourist areas (the Science and Natural History museums are just a stone’s throw away) behind the white Georgian facade you’ll find a haven of quiet corners. Take afternoon tea in the beautiful walled garden in the summer or curl up in the drawing room next to the Christmas tree over the festive season.
There’s an oriental elegance to Blakes in Kensington that you won’t find anywhere else in London – this is thanks to interior designer Anouska Hempel, who is known for her taste for dramatic opulence. This is a supremely romantic hotel – particularly if you book into one of the signature suites, which are decked out in a dreamy combination of white muslin and bleached wood. Partnered with the South Kensington Club, it’s the ideal spot to indulge in a spot of pampering.
Inhabiting a Victorian townhouse, the Adria hotel offers affordable accommodation just five minutes’ walk from Hammersmith station. Large sash windows flood the traditionally decorated rooms with light, giving them an open and breezy feel. With only 22 bedrooms, it’s a small but perfectly formed hotel whose chintz armchairs, four-poster beds and regency-style fabrics make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time into a Jane Austen novel.
Exhibitionist by name and exhibitionist by nature, this hotel in South Kensington enjoys bold interiors that beautifully offset its Georgian-townhouse setting. Though the hotel enjoys an exhibition space and regular art shows (of course) you’ll stumble on curious contemporary artworks in every room – Pop-arty Las Vegas-inspired welcome signs, life-size silver cows and flower-adorned mannequins are just some of the delights to look forward to. It’s not all novelty garishness, though. Devilish cocktails are served in the bar each evening and an excellent breakfast spread can be enjoyed from first light.
Coined by the founder as ‘affordable luxury’, at the Nadler in Kensington you can enjoy a boutique hotel for the price of a budget chain. After all, why blow your budget on the accommodation when central London is just a few minutes’ walk away? Rooms enjoy facilities such as kitchenettes equipped with Nespresso machines and plush, minimalist furnishings that make the most of the space.
Though this is the oldest house on its street (having been build in the 1700s) its original features, such as Georgian wood panelling and high ceilings, give way to a fresh, modern decor. The owners have been running the bed and breakfast for over 20 years and are extremely knowledgeable about the local area and all it has to offer. The two bedrooms are bedecked with bleached wood floors, a serene white-and-blue colour scheme and contemporary slate bathrooms. Serve yourself a hearty breakfast in the dining room each morning and watch the sun go down from the roof terrace by night.