The Laslett Hotel
What We Love
- Shopping at the iconic Portobello Road Market nearby
- Sipping a gin cocktail on the terrace outside the lobby’s Henderson Bar
- Minibars—dubbed the Big Bar—with full-sized bottles, delicious snacks, and London guides
- Stacks of Penguin classics (including Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and HG Wells’ War of the Worlds) in each room
What To Know
- Notting Hill Gate tube station is just steps away
- Rooms on higher floors or facing the back of the hotel are quieter
- Free WiFi
- Day Passes to a nearby gym and in-room spa treatments available upon request
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Named after activist Rhaune Laslett, organizer of the 1960s Notting Hill Festival (now the Notting Hill Carnival), this chic 51-room hotel delves into the neighborhood’s bohemian heritage while staying firmly rooted in modern British style. Award-winning architect Tom Bartlett filled the historic property, housed in a row of gorgeously preserved Victorian townhouses, with playful works by contemporary local artists like Toby Mott and Barry Kamen, along with bespoke modern furnishings and antiques from Portobello Market and Les Couilles du Chien, a famed emporium of curiosities and vintage pieces. Rooms and suites, in a calming gray palette offset by pops of color, all feature impressively stocked minibars (including hangover remedies), tomes of classic literature, and luxurious Neal’s Yard toiletries. Public spaces on the ground floor also offer plenty of pastimes: there’s a library stocked with design books and nonfiction, a boutique showcasing collaborations with designers and artists, and the Henderson Bar, which serves simple seasonal dishes and Notting Hill-themed signature drinks like the Pembridge Secret Garden, a mix of Sipsmith London Dry Gin, elderflower, cucumber syrup, and fresh citrus shaken with egg white.
In the Area
Notting Hill was surprisingly short on stylish lodgings before The Laslett, so take advantage of the hotel’s location to explore this formerly edgy, now fashionable area. Head north to Ledbury Road for boutiques like Wolf & Badger, known for carrying top independent brands. Just moments away is the iconic Portobello Road Market, one of the largest antiques and bric-a-brac destinations in the world. Stop for lunch at one of many buzzed-about culinary spots; we like Farm Girl Café and Egg Break. Next, a stroll to nearby Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens is in order. If you’re caught in the pesky British rain, consider a visit to the Serpentine Galleries, a space for pioneering contemporary art. Of course, a visit to London would not be complete without spending some time at a pub. The Cow, an Anglo-Irish gastropub on Westbourne Park Road, specializes in oysters and Guinness.
How to Get There
Certainly far from the worst hotel we’ve ever booked in London, but we likely will not return. Situated at the NW corner of Kensington Garden, the hotel is conveniently located to Paddington Station but little else. Our room was well appointed, wonderful shower and linens. The food service was disappointing, the breakfast choices limited (no bacon or sausage, no beans, not a full range of egg dishes.) Had to call a car service, taxis seldom drive by the hotel passenger-less.
We wish them luck. The neighborhood seems to be changing and they are at the forefront of that change. But it is not for us now.
Friendly staff, good service, comfortable rooms & beds. Very close to the tube which was great. Some good restaurants and some fun tourist spots right by the hotel. Thanks Vito for handling our luggage and making reservations for us during our stay!
Room, staff, and resturant all exceeded expectations during my stay. I was in London for business and, given my need to move around the city for various meetings, the proximity to the Tube was an added bonus these modern accomedations. Rooms are comfortable, if a little small, but this is hardly a negitive in my opinion. Beds were great, bathrooms were clean, bright, and well laid out.
The dining room is small but appropriately sized given the number of rooms & the outdoor patio is excellent for a night cap, if the weather permits.