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
Room was lovely - beautiful view of London Eye and terrace for fresh air. Very comfortable bed and excellent room - including hand-written note from staff. Super helpful front desk. All around amazing experience. Wish we had had more time than just one night!
Very central location, near Charing Cross and Covent Garden, easy to get to and surrounded by bars, restaurants and theatres. Lovely rooms in excellent condition and no problem sleeping in such a central spot.
In our room was a hand written note of thanks and welcome from the Operations Manager. The room was beautifully furnished, clean, spacious and so very quiet as it was facing the back of the building instead of Henrietta Street. There were fantastic touches throughout, like upscale toiletries, soaps and oils, and the door to the hotel room is opened by a skeleton key. The hotel staff takes note of your preferences, much like a secretary would for a CEO, so there isn’t a need to repeat your coffee order or dietary preferences. The service is exquisite and the staff are beautifully charming and accommodating. I would absolutely stay here over and over again. In fact, I intend to.
I stayed at the Henrietta Hotel with a group of 13 people from Argentina on a business trip. Everything was excellent, but not even the luxurious rooms and amazing food compare to the warm and efficient service provided by the staff.
Special thanks to Paula and Andrea from the reception and Leandro from the restaurant. They really went out of their way to make us feel at home.
Hope to be back soon!
enjoyed immensely my stay at the The Henrietta for one night last Thursday. This boutique hotel is wonderful and I recommend it to tourists or business guests. The rooms are fabulous with great big beds and wonderful linen. The bathrooms are well designed and have lovely products. The mini bar is beyond tempting but there is a fabulous bar downstairs. The staff were all very welcoming and helpful. I did not get to eat in the restaurant but the menu looks great and I really liked the atmosphere. I was travelling solo and this is the perfect size of hotel for solo travel. Its very homely like staying in a home from home and having your own London townhouse in Covent Garden. All the details have been very well thought out and the design is perfect. The location is a real bonus for shopping or going to the theatre and you practically walk anywhere in central London from this hotel. Bring your walking shoes and enjoy this historic and very central area.High commended.