What We Love
- The boozy goodies in the mini-bar, such as mezcal, scotch malts, micro-distilled gin from London’s Sipsmith, and Chartreuse
- Even the smallest rooms have double sinks in the (pastel pink) bathrooms
- Bath towels big enough for two
What To Know
- Book a fifth-floor room with a balcony for a view past the Victorian-era chimneys to the London Eye
- Rooms have no desks or workspaces
- There’s no lobby per se; the restaurant and bar are the gathering spots
- Free WiFi
One of the two townhouses that make up the Henrietta was once a publishing house with a list that included George Orwell and Kingsley Amis. Today, it’s another clever project from The Experimental Cocktail Club, which made its name bringing fab cocktails to the Paris bar scene and has branched into hotels with aplomb. The Henrietta, their second, has just 18 bedrooms, decked out with boldly mixed patterns, elaborate headboards, and clawfoot tubs by designer du jour Dorothée Meilichzon. It’s a spot for chic couples exploring London: if you love creative cocktails and furniture that pays homage to the Art Deco years, this is the place; if you travel with kids or need a desk to catch up on email, it might not be for you. The menu at the eponymous restaurant is overseen by Ollie Dabbous (Michelin-starred, youthful, creative) and mixes best-of-British fare with continental touches—try the barbecued quail with toasted wheat, fenugreek, and clover or the grilled mackerel with cockles.
In the Area
Covent Garden’s tourist-crammed streets seem an unlikely spot for such a chic little hotel, but the Henrietta’s immediate surroundings are quiet—and its proximity to such a high-energy neighborhood can’t be beat. You can walk to Europe’s largest center for the arts, the Southbank Centre, to catch everything from Shakespeare to Chinese contemporary dance to lectures. The hotel has Nespresso machines in the rooms, but a seven-minute stroll brings you to the sophisticated Monmouth Coffee—they roast their own beans to perfection. Treat your sweetie to a romantic dinner at Clos Maggiore, just around the corner, which serves creative Provencal food in a stunning courtyard and greenhouse lit by candles and an open fire. For something more casual, try Dishoom for all-day creative Indian eats, including some killer breakfasts. Shoppers should head to Cheaney for hand-lasted leather boots and Neal’s Yard for handmade British skincare products.
How to Get There
Very nice and friendly boutique hotel with excellent service. Stylish rooms with all you need. Located in the heart of Covent graden with tons of things in walking distance. Very good breakfast. 110% Recommended!
Location was a priority for me however the bonus was The Henrietta is an excellent hotel, very good room, comfortable bed, always my favorite topic no good if you can't get a great night's sleep. I particular liked the personal touches, the staff were all excellent and very knowledgeable regards local area amenities and would have no hesitation in recommending to all whether on business or pleasure
We loved our night in this wonderful boutique hotel. The attention to detail in every respect was great. Incredibly friendly and professional staff. You do not feel like a number but an invited guest. We had a delicious lunch on arrival. Tapas dishes which we shared, prepared to perfection and washed down with some very good wine. Our room was very spacious with a large bathroom and had everything we could need. The beds are unbelievably comfortable with luxurious duvets, pillows and French linen. We had the window open all night and I was very surprised how quiet it was. Breakfast was delicious, very simply laid out and nothing cooked but for us this was perfect. The food is of the highest quality, fresh fruit, french yoghurts, croissant, ham, cheese and the most wonderful homemade bread. This hotel is a hidden gem right in the heart of Covent Garden and we will definitely be returning. Thank you.
I spend my half term break with my family in this hotel and even though it's not big but it's in a good location and we all enjoyed it. It's easy to walk around the place and the stuff there are friendly and willing to help.
Excellent location. Not too many reasonable hotels around Covent Garden so this one stands out. Good rooms and attentive staff. Bar downstairs also very entertaining. Great sized showers and bathrooms