Dean Street Townhouse
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Winner: Best Big City Sleep
- In the center of the action; Soho's drinking dens and sceney dining spots are on your doorstep
- Calm and cozy country house vibe
- Mammoth freestanding tubs in the Bigger Rooms and most Medium Rooms
What To Know
- Some street noise can be heard from the guestrooms, especially on weekends
- No fitness center on-site, but the reception team can arrange free access to a local gym and make bookings at the Cowshed spa on Carnaby Street
- Reservations are recommended for weekend brunch in the Dining Room
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Since 1732 this four-story townhouse has served as an aristocratic residence, and a drinking den for the likes of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud (it operated as the Gargoyle Club, a high-society speakeasy between 1928 and 1978). Since taking over in 2009, the Soho House Group has transformed the whitewashed Georgian edifice into a hip hotel in the heart of neon-lit Soho. From the antiques-strewn, wood-paneled lobby to the rooms, which have four-poster beds, to the Tracey Emin artwork in the dining room, the property pairs a country house vibe with a great British aesthetic.
Bed and Bath
The 39 guestrooms are cozy and individually furnished with hand-painted Georgian wallpaper, vintage armchairs, floral headboards and seagrass carpets. Welcoming touches include shortbread, posh tea and proper coffee served in silver pots, and a retro radio hums on arrival. There are handy amenities aplenty such as hair straighteners, hot water bottles and a Blu-ray player (there are tons of films to rent from the library downstairs). Bathrooms are decked out with Victorian-style sinks, checkerboard floors and rain showers; most Medium Rooms and all Bigger Rooms have freestanding tubs in the bedrooms, and you’re encouraged to use the full-size Cowshed products during your stay and take the mini bottles home.
The intimate lobby cum lounge is a candlelit country house concoction of wood paneling, teal velvet armchairs atop tapestry rugs, hefty cabinets lined with hardback books and a crackling fireplace just by the entrance. There’s a Nespresso machine, teamaking facilities and a selection of magazines to flick through in the small alcove behind the reception desk. The all-day dining room is a British take on a Parisian brasserie, with a long mahogany bar, cut glass chandeliers and red leather banquettes. It’s a popular brunch spot (try the Lorne sausage, tattie scones and fried egg), and it attracts a media mob in the evening to dine on such hearty British comfort food as steak and kidney pie and apple and rhubarb crumble.
In the Area
The pick of London’s best restaurants are on the doorstep, from newbie hipster joint Social Eating House to Soho stalwart Kettners. Fill up on dim sum and Chinese pastries at Yauatcha and get a caffeine fix at Foxcroft & Ginger. Shopping thoroughfare Oxford Street is just around the corner, or hit Carnaby Street and Kingly Court for smaller independent boutiques and to browse Liberty, arguably the city’s prettiest department store, where creaky staircases lead to artfully designed rooms stocked with luxe labels.
How to Get There
This stylish Soho boutique hotel is part of the Soho House group of hotels. Small rooms that have very comfortable beds, soft towels and the Soho House brand of products. Rooms overlooking the rear can be noisy because of the close proximity to the main Soho House club. Front rooms much quieter. A great place to stay to be in the heart of all the action that London's Soho has to offer. Short walk to theatres, Covent Garden, and Piccadily Circus. Also a short walk to the British Museum and other attractions. Very central and unlilely you will ever need to take public transport. Many restaurant options.
Excellent girls lunch here. Tables are spacious (which can sometimes be a challenge to find in London) with large comfortable chairs. Interesting menu which they are happy for you to mix and match. Would recommend the steak tartare - absolutely delicious.
We had a great bottle of provencal rose, and they brought out some amazing birthday truffles as a surprise when they found out that we were celebrating. Nothing was too much to ask, with our water and wine being topped up continuously.
Would highly recommend for a brunch, dinner or special occasion with friends or family. There is something to please everyone on the menu.
Dean Street Townhouse feels special right from the start as it doesn't look or feel like hotel. You really do feel like you are entering a private home at first. Rooms are very nice and the location is absolutely fantastic - great for going to the theatre.
The restaurant is also quite nice. It's fun and full of people in the evening, some coming just for drinks and others for meals. We had a great evening just hanging out and eating/drinking in the restaurant.
Some staff in the hotel are a little less than enthusiastic, but the restaurant staff were all quite kind.
Myself and my partner stayed in the 'cosy' room. It was lovely and extremely quite despite the hotel being in the centre of Soho. The room is small but absolutely fine for us and the bed is so comfortable and the room was spotless. The Cow Shed products in the bathroom are great too. Also, it was great to find some hair straighteners, hair dryer and phone chargers, so don't worry if you forget to bring your own. We ate dinner in the restaurant at night as it was my partners birthday, then we went to Ronnie Scott's which was fab. The staff on the front desk and the waiting staff in the restaurant were all lovely. Thanks Dean Street Townhouse for a wonderful stay - we will be back.
Warm and beautiful little hotel right in the heart of London.
Rooms are comfortable and staff is very very nice.
Every thing you might need is available
They have created a special atmosphere which relaxes clients and make your stay
Bathroom is huge and well equipped with delicate soaps and creams.