Nowhere does quirky period accommodation quite like London, with its heritage buildings, shadowy history, winding alleys and misty intrigue, but even so, there are some charm-packed abodes that stand tall above the rest, and siblings Hazlitt’s and The Rookery are certainly two birds of an unusual feather.
Moody Georgian retreat Hazlitt’s sits smack bang in Soho’s bluster, with 30 rooms (including 3 suites) cramming in antique beds, old-fashioned art, plenty of wonky little details, plus a few moddy extras like WiFi, LCD TVs, and REN bathroom products offering the only suggestion of the actual modern-day era bustling along outside.
Clerkenwell sister property The Rookery evokes a crisp, homely C.18th redux vibe across its 33 rooms and suites which also boast carved oak 4-poster beds, fabulously restored bathrooms, a collection of DVDs for guests to borrow as they like, and simply more character than you can wave a screenplay at. Two for the show it is…
Hazlitt’s, 6 Frith St, Soho, London. +44 20 7434 1771, hazlittshotel.com
The Rookery, 12 Peter’s Ln, Clerkenwell, London. +44 20 7336 0931, rookeryhotel.com