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
Chic boutique in Covent Garden laid out by Dorothée Meilichzon, with a destination restaurant and in-room craft cocktails
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.