High Road House
What We Love
- Welcoming, helpful staff that knows the area well
- All guestrooms are triple-glazed so even those overlooking Chiswick High Road is quiet
- The public spaces are littered with designer furniture
What To Know
- The downstairs game room is often reserved for children’s parties
- It’s only a 20-minute drive from Heathrow Airport
- Guests must comply with the House rules (see the Details tab for more information)
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
In leafy, village-like Chiswick, a 25-minute tube ride from Westminster, High Road House is the Soho House Group’s chic west London outpost. The interiors are courtesy of design guru Ilse Crawford, founder of Elle Decoration UK. The lobby’s flagstone floors, spotlit ceiling and flickering candles set a calming tone as you step in from busy Chiswick High Road. Whitewashed wood-paneled corridors are lined with heavy brown and black striped carpets and hung with half globe lights from Woka in Austria. The public areas showcase design talent: White balloon lampshades by George Nelson, heavy wooden tables custom-made by Willie Nickerson, and Thorsten Van Elten’s popular hard-back Sorgenfrei chairs.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms have a Scandi-chic look with sea grass–matted floors and whitewashed wood-paneled walls. Simple pegs and hangers create a space-saving wardrobe on one wall, and they’re strung with handy amenities including a hot water bottle and straighteners. Enormous kingsize beds are topped with angora, cashmere and wool duvets, down pillows and handmade woolen blankets. White-tiled bathrooms have rain showers and brilliant Cowshed bath products, and there are well-thought-out little extras everywhere, from the mini Kilner jars full of tea and coffee to the free products you can take away like mouthwash, deodorant and lip balm. Room categories range from the (deceptively spacious) Tiny to the Playroom, which features a freestanding tub in the bedroom.
Settle in for a pre-dinner cocktail at the cozy bar by one of the cast iron Belfort stoves before heading through to the dining room, where hand-printed lino-blocked Marthe Armitage wallpapers cover the walls and complement custom-made benches from George Smith. The downstairs game room has a gentlemen’s club feel, with worn red leather Chesterfields, wooden floors, a pool table and a fussball table; even if you don’t have time to stop in for lunch at the hotel’s brasserie, it’s worth popping in just to check out its beautifully tiled floor. While there’s no gym or spa on-site, you get a free pass to the nearby Hogarth Health Club to use the mood-lit swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
In the Area
Chiswick High Road is packed with eateries such as hipster sourdough pizza joint Franco Manca and Michelin-starred Hedone. And just around the corner, Turnham Green Terrace is home to Charlotte’s Bistro and Foubert’s, an ice cream parlor that has been serving scoops to west Londoners since 1978. With a location so close to the Thames, a riverside stroll and a pint in a waterfront pub are a must. Hole up at the Black Lion, with its roaring fires, cozy candles and cracking food. Fullers Brewery is nearby for a tour and tasting, as are the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, or browse the boutiques on Devonshire Road, making time to stop in at the three-story antiques emporium The Old Cinema, right next door to the hotel.
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I have often had brunch at High Road House and whilst service is slow it had always been friendly. Today my boyfriend and I went and had the Sunday lunch. The food was poor quality. The beef was fatty, the roast potatoes overcooked and dry, the yorkshire pudding was practically cremated, the cauliflower and cabbage was cold and cauliflower so cold the cheese roux sauce was almost congealed. I left 3/4 of my food and had to ask them to change the yorkshire pudding as I couldn’t eat mine it was so burnt. I was impressed with their starters but beyond disappointed with their sunday roast. If you are a sunday roast devotee, then avoid ordering the roast here as you’ll be massively disappointed. The service was also super slow and we had to flag servers to take our food order, to order additional refreshments and clear our plates.
Soho House has become a big brand, but High Road House is a big let down. My third visit and it has not improved. The staff are not attentive, seemingly more pre occupied in cleaning and laying tables than serving existing customers. We asked for a glass of house champagne and wee given the Rose, the escargots were virtually impossible to get out of their shells with the fork provided ( I have snails regularly!) the garlic sauce with them was not great. We asked for asparagus with hollandaise on the side, it came splurges all over it. The asparagus was thick and chewy. Cod with tender stem broccoli and tomato concasse, the cod was over cooked sea bream (apparently we should have been told!) and the broccoli was covered in oil and virtually inedible. Fish and chips were ok! Overall a culinary disaster. Staff are polite but useless, I had to order bread twice to go with the snails and having paid the original bill, we decided to drown our sorrows in one last drink, again had to request the bill for drinks twice. The old joke that waiters and wAitresses are good at avoiding the punters eye is certainly true here. Cannot recommend anything. Sorry Nick.
Our family of 5 had a lovely meal this evening! We had an incredibly attentive French waitress who was brilliant in terms of accommodating the whims of teens and a pre-teen! The recommendation of French mustard as an accompaniment was perfect! The food was lovely and the set menu very reasonable! Love the floor tiles and cowshed toiletries too!
Visited with friends after rugby day at Twickenham.
Arrived to a great atmosphere in restaurant and had cocktails which were just perfect. Shown to a lovely table by v professional staff and especially liked that we were offered still, sparkling or tap water! Lots of places don’t offer tap!
The meal was delicious, I had fish and chips which I couldn’t finish (v unusual for me) but v generous portion and it was perfect! Boys had steaks and what looked and tasted like the most perfect golden coloured thick chips. Wine was amazing. Felt like I was in a bistro in a big city as opposed to suburbs.
Nothing but high praise for this, a really great evening.
Great place for afternoon tea, hot chocolate and coffee - courteous al fresco service (they even fed our dog with complimentary treats) and they looked after the kids. Good value for money, comfortable and will definitely be returning to High Road House with the kids.