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OVERVIEW

A boutique hotel with oodles of style set in Bloomsbury. Made up of five Georgian Grade II-listed townhouses, the hotel looks classy, and its afternoon teas are a treat. Spacious bedrooms are a big plus too, and although there is no formal restaurant, light meals are served in the Refectory, the Library and in the cool courtyard.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

In a great position on Gower Street, so to the north you have the chance to explore the thoughtfully regenerated King's Cross and to the south, there are the endless shopping possibilities of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. It's in the heart of literary Bloomsbury too; three Tube stations lie within easy walking distance. The British Library and the British Museum are close by is the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

By car: the hotel is 4 hours from Manchester, 2 hours 30 mins from Birmingham and 7 hours from Glasgow. There is street parking nearby.

By train: Goodge Street and Russell Square tube stations are both around 5 minutes' walk away. Kings Cross and Euston stations are 15 minutes away in a taxi. Book trains to London.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Comprising five houses dating from the 1700s, it reflects both past and present, with a five-star look created by New York-based designer Alexandra Champalimaud. The dark green-walled Refectory and the Library, with its monkey wallpaper, are great places to hunker down, as is the funky Alchemy Bar.

THE FACILITIES

As this is a boutique hotel, there are few extra facilities, no gym, for instance, but the 24-hour concierge can recommend numerous activities and walks in the area. Book lovers will enjoy the fact there is a "Book of the month" with copies available, as well as on the Academy Kindle. The service itself is friendly and unobtrusive.

  • Refectory café
  • Bar
  • Afternoon tea
  • Terrace
  • Concierge
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The attractively designed rooms, in categories from suites to singles, feature muted colours and geometric wallpaper and are generously proportioned; the triple-glazed windows ensure they are quiet too. The beds are super comfortable, and Nespresso machines are in every room.

Room types: Townhouse Single, Townhouse King, Bloomsbury Twin, Bloomsbury King, Bloomsbury Suite

Key amenities: marble shower room with Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

There is no formal restaurant, but a continental breakfast is served in the downstairs Refectory with its distinctive Arctic blue walls; expect fruit salad, charcuterie, pancakes and pastries. Mr Ma's Afternoon tea is rather special (traditional English tea with an Asian twist), while a Refuel menu can be taken in the Refectory, Library or your room.

The Refectory: breakfast, Asian and British-inspired afternoon tea, light lunches. Afternoon tea served daily 12-6pm. From £25 per person.

The Alchemy Bar: bespoke cocktails, speciality gins, wines, champagne.

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