Just 35 minutes by tube or train from central London
The hotel was featured in rom-com classic Four Weddings and a Funeral
Isle Crawford–designed rooms are chic and cozy
On-site restaurant serves a meaty selection of gastropub classics alongside a decent wine list and local ales
What To Know
The property is a 20-minute walk or an $8 cab ride from the train station
Guestrooms in the main inn have uneven and creaky wooden floors
WiFi and parking are free
Top spot for couples, although families are welcome
Cute boutiques, pubs and country trails are within walking distance
Parking on site
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Located in Old Amersham, a cute Buckinghamshire town lined with cottages and country pubs, The Crown is a cozy retreat within easy reach of central London. A 35-minute journey by tube or train from Marylebone station, this timber-framed hideaway, complete with wood-paneled gastropub and croquet lawn, is a best-of-British boutique hotel.
Since starring in ’90s classic Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell cozied up here in its guise as The Lucky Boatman), The Crown has chucked out the chintz and upped its style credentials with the help of design guru Isle Crawford, the creative brain behind New York’s Soho House and founder of Elle Decoration UK.
The 38 guestrooms are split between the main inn and the courtyard, but they all have a homey Scando-chic look: pale gray walls, Welsh wool throws, rocking chairs, sheepskin rugs, chunky oak furniture and bright red Roberts radios. The rooms in the main inn are smaller, but they have plenty of Old World charm, from wonky floors and beam ceilings to views of Old Amersham’s high street. All courtyard rooms have freestanding tubs and hipster toiletries from Aesop.
On-site restaurant, The Chop House, serves a hit list of gastropub classics such as Cornish hake and chunky chips and braised beef brisket with fondant potatoes. Meaty dishes are flame-grilled over charcoal in a Josper oven, and dishes are served on pewter plates against a backdrop of inglenook fireplaces and low ceilings, a nod to The Crown’s former life as an Elizabethan coaching inn. Grab a post-dinner local ale in the pub, where you can perch on mismatched chairs and hole up in front of the crackling fire with a board game.
The staff is local and armed with suggestions on how to explore the great outdoors; there are free walking maps and mountain bikes. Just beyond the high street, country trails cut into the Chiltern Hills, linking farmland to forest. The Crown’s best-of-both-worlds location means that you can go from the buzz of the city to bucolic seclusion in less than an hour.
16 High St
Amersham, United Kingdom
How to Get There
Flights are available to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Taxi transfers to/from LHR, about 18 miles away, are approximately $75, each way, and can be arranged through the property. If you’re traveling from central London, trains depart from Marylebone station and take around 35 minutes. Tickets cost approximately $12, each way. Alternatively, Amersham is the most northerly stop on the Metropolitan line, which connects to London’s tube network. Taxis to/from Amersham station, less than a mile from the property, cost approximately $8, each way. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, parking is available on-site at no additional cost.