With just a few short weeks until the height of London’s festive travel season, there’s no time like the present for you to start getting your affairs in order. Chief among these should, of course, be finding suitable accommodation for yourself and your nearest and dearest. Fortunately, London has its fair share of last-minute luxury hideaways, many of which are just a stone’s throw from Pinks Mews in Holborn.
The Hoxton, Holborn
The Hoxton is an open house hotel that sits just a few minutes away from the glitz and glamour of the West End’s iconic theatreland. As an open house establishment, the Hoxton is inviting and unpretentious in its approach. Guests are free to mingle in the large open lobby, sample staple British cuisine at Hubbard and Bell or enjoy a more casual evening at Chicken Shop, a laid-back venue in the hotel’s basement.
This hotel boasts luxurious rooms in six different sizes, Shoebox, Snug, Cosy, Cosy Up, Roomy and Biggy. You’ll notice that each room features bespoke artwork sourced direct from local illustrators.
Rosewood London ranks among the most exquisite luxury hotels in the country. Signposted by the grand archway in its façade, the hotel is somewhat of a local landmark for residents of High Holborn. Inside, the rooms have the same sophisticated comforts you would expect of the finest contemporary private residences, including a personal butler.
The hotel’s commitment to luxury extends to its adjoining venues too. Rosewood London is home to the universally acclaimed Scarfes Bar, a melting pot of cocktails and caricatures that owes its name to renowned British artist Gerald Scarfe. Curated by mixologist artisans and connoisseurs of their trade, the drinks list features cocktails inspired by some of Gerald’s most memorable sketches.
Gastronomically inclined guests can also indulge in Rosewood’s unique take on seasonal British cuisine, courtesy of the Holborn Dining Room. This grand brasserie sits in the heart of the hotel and has earned a well-deserved reputation for uncompromising culinary excellence.
The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell
Arguably the most unapologetically nonconformist entry on our list, the Zetter Townhouse is an independently owned boutique hotel set on the charming cobblestone of St John’s Square. The hotel itself is a playful reimagining of a rustic Georgian townhouse, comprising 11 conventional rooms and two suites, all with Russel Sage designed interiors. In their words, the whole property is designed to ‘feel like the private residence of an eccentric (and fabulous!) Great Aunt.’
Of course, a stay at the Zetter Townhouse wouldn’t be complete without a visit to their award-winning cocktail lounge. Guests are invited to sink into one of the red velvet armchairs as they savour a generous selection of sumptuous drinks.
Those looking to hold a more lavish soiree will be pleased to know that this hotel is also available to hire for events and private parties.
Kimpton Fitzroy London
Our fourth and final hotel, Kimpton Fitzroy London, is a ‘landmark hotel’, the only one of its kind on our list! An apt description if ever there was one, the hotel’s 19th-century landmark building commands an entire block of Russel Square in Bloomsbury, signposted by its signature terracotta brickwork, and four stalwart guards in the form of stone sculpted queens looming over the entrance.
Heritage is a theme that persists inside too. From the carefully preserved original mosaic laid out at guest’s feet to the liberal marble embellishments adorning the grand lobby, guests are treated to a welcome escape from the everyday norms of modern city living.
The property’s 334 guest rooms cleverly blend original details with fresh, modern interior design by Tara Bernerd & Partners and Russell Sage. All suites also enjoy the bonus of hand-picked artwork on the walls.
Those looking to extend their stay in Holborn beyond the holiday season would do well to consider Pinks Mews. A collection of 35 luxuriously appointed residences set back on a private road adjoining High Holborn.