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
The hotel itself is perfectly located, and super cute and well designed but the over-arching best feature is the staff. They are so attentive without being annoying. Sat down on day 2 to do a quick email and they brought me the coffee i ordered the day before without asking for it, he remembered. The front desk is tiny and yet you dont wait a second to be helped and they went out of their way to find the solution to our question.
This is a small boutique hotel with perfect service, a gorgeous room and the ideal coven garden location.
Love love love!
LOOK NO FUTHER! On the 8th June Me and my partner had an amazing stay here we arrived and had sampled some of there lovley cocktails before going to our room (the suite 18), the suite was lovley the photos dont do it justice, it was of the highest standard and the balcony was an extra surprise. We had an extra special evening when we went out of the hotel as my partner proposed, when we arrived back at the hotel for dinner we was warmly greeted by Alper who who the manager of restaurant and we followed his recommendation for food and so glad we did as it was amazing! We told him about our special occasion and he went out and beyond to make our evening extra special! All of the staff was amazing from the bar,restaurant and front reception. Cannot praise them enough!!! 100% will be returning!!!
ALORS LÀAAA!!! The place to be!!! Lovely place, lovely people, and wonderful food!!! And the staff 😍
Don’t forget to ask Charlotte to help you chose the wine she’s a real expert!!! Don’t forget to go If you are in london and looking for a amazing 😉place!!!
“Very nicely refurbished hotel. Large room. Fantastic bed. Large bathroom, maybe just missing a bath. Very clean. Great bar and cocktails downstairs served by young and friendly waiters/waitresses. And last but not least great location: 2 min walks from Covent Garden, with loads of bar, restaurants, musicals options nearby.”
Overall impressions of the Hotel were excellent, very clean, courteous staff, easy check in and out, on site bar was very good, some great cocktails, his and hers sinks in the room, king size bed which was among the most comfortable I've ever slept in. double showers, popcorn on arrival was an unusual but nice touch, only a 2 minute walk from Covent Garden tube and right in amongst the bars and restaurants yet still very quiet at night, would definitely stay again.