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
This delightful, boutique hotel was our home for 9 nights in October 2019. The courtyard, Henrietta room was interesting, clean, comfortable and quite. The staff was helpful and friendly without being imposing. It was a wonderful place to come home to each evening, especially from any of the excellent, very near-by eateries.
This hotel is in an excellent location in Covent Gardens. It is surrounded by tons of stores and restaurants within walking distance. Though our room was small, it was nice and comfortable. The hotel is fairly new and they have everything you need. The staff were wonderful and friendly. The breakfast was great. The only problem we had was that at night there was a lot of noise outside because of the bars & restaurants and people spilling out into the streets. But, it quiets down after they close. In our room, we had to shut the bathroom doors because the noise out front was too loud. In the room itself was okay.
We enjoyed the Covent Garden location--it was walkable to so many neighborhoods and sights. Our room on the first floor facing the street was a bit noisy at night. The restaurant was very nice, interesting menu, very busy at night. The staff was extremely pleasant and friendly. We must single out Caroline at the front desk who was so helpful on our last day when we ran into some logistical problems. Room 1 is very small and lacked anywhere to put our clothes so it made for a messy situation, living out of our suitcases for 4 days. But all in all, I would definitely recommend this hotel for its character and ambiance.