Sign in

Forgotten your password?

Sign up for free Smith membership

×
abc
Forgotten your password?

Enter your account email address and we’ll send you a link to reset your password (it should only take a few seconds)

Sign in

×
Are you sure you want to sign out of Smith?
×
Show
Hide

iFrame []

URL:

Hotel Highlights

  • Fast access to central London, but pleasant low-key location
  • Isle Crawford's retro-cool interior: the perfect backdrop for good food and good times
  • Temporary membership of one of London's most media-savvy member's clubs included in very affordable room rate

Overview

Beat a retreat from the city centre without skipping a media-savvy beat at this London boutique hotel, the western outpost of Nick Jones' oh-so-cool Soho House members' club. As a guest of High Road House, you'll get the best of all worlds, with entry to a hip private members' bar, restaurant and club and easy access to central London, as well as being able to kick back in a quiet, leafy area of the city. High Road House is as good-looking as its counterparts, too, resplendent in design queen Ilse Crawford's trademark print-led, colour-accented decor.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking High Road House with us:

A full-size Cowshed bath product

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at High Road House

'Stay and play'

Facilities

View Gallery
High Road House – London – UK

Need To Know

Rooms

14.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible on request. Earliest check‑in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $165.92 (£104), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast, from £5.

Also

The hotel occupies the top two floors of a building that also houses the renowned High Road Brasserie, as well as a Cowshed boutique, fully stocked with glow‑enhancing, skin‑pampering and muscle‑soothing products.

At the hotel

Games room with table football, private‑screening room, DVD library. In rooms, flatscreen TV with Sky+ and DVD player, retro radios, free WiFi, minibar, Cowshed toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

If you have a cat you’d like to swing, the Playroom is the biggest, with zesty lemon and lime accents and a roll‑top bath in the bedroom. Tiny and Small are obviously smaller but well designed, and bathed in natural light.

Packing tips

Don't weigh your bags down with designer gladrags unless you're planning to go out somewhere fancy in the centre of London; Chiswick and the surrounding area is smart-casual territory.

Children

Welcome; toys are available in the Playground. Extra beds (£25) or cots (£15) can be added to rooms, but children staying in their own rooms are charged at the full rate.

Read more

Food & Drink

View Gallery
High Road House – London – UK

Hotel Restaurant

Upstairs at the House, kitted out in Ilse Crawford’s inimitable retro‑modern style, has all‑day dining, from breakfast at 7am until wee‑hour snacks at the weekend, and a bar. Sit, read, work, eat, drink – it’s very easy‑going, but a dinner reservation is advisable.

Hotel Bar

Downstairs at the House is a den‑like lounge space with three areas; it’s adults‑only in the evening, with DJs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Whisper sweet nothings over an Electric Love Potion cocktail (champagne, vanilla vodka and poached strawberries – divine).

Last orders

Upstairs at the House serves food from breakfast at 7am until wee‑hour snacks at the weekend.

Room service

The house menu and drinks are available from 7am till 1am (midnight on Sundays).

Smith Insider

Dress code

The fashionable end of smart casual; Chloé plus Topshop equals just right.

Top table

Upstairs, in the space adjacent to the bar; downstairs, on a huge red sofa in the central Playpen.

Local Guide

View Gallery
High Road House – London – UK
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Lazybones can potter across to Turnham Green, just opposite; alternatively, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is only two stops away on the District Line (or a short cab ride).

Local restaurants

Charlotte’s Bistro (+44 (0)20 8742 35900; charlottes.co.uk/bistro) on Turnham Green Terrace is an elegant little bar and restaurant with equally elegant cuisine: sample dishes include bavette with bone marrow, and mackerel with rhubarb and radish. Instead of dessert, try one of the flawless cocktails. Combine a stroll along the Thames with lunch or dinner at Pissarro, close to Chiswick Pier (+44 (0)20 8994 3111) – ask for a river view and a plate of oysters. Other good evening-meal venues in Chiswick include Parisian‑style bistro Le Vacherin (+44 (0)20 8742 2121) and luxe French restaurant La Trompette (+44 (0)20 8747 1836). Neighbouring Smith HQ in the Barley Mow Centre, Sam’s (+44 (0)20 8987 0555) is an excellent but unpretentious modern brasserie with imaginative brunch menus and a smart bar. Spice things up in W6 with a tastebud‑tantalising thali at Indian Zing on King Street (+44 (0)20 8748 5959).

Local bars

Have a pint in the relaxed and friendly Roebuck (+44 (0)20 8995 4392), just minutes away from the hotel at 122 Chiswick High Road. Their Sunday roasts aren't to be sniffed at, either.

Local cafés

There are plenty of places to pick up a coffee or croissant on Chiswick High Road – try Gail’s (+44 (0)20 8995 2266; www.gailsbread.co.uk) or Carluccio’s (+44 (0)20 8995 8073; www.carluccios.com).

+ Enlarge
Boulevard in the ’burbs

High Road House

162 High Road House, Chiswick, London, W4 1PR, United Kingdom

Planes

London Heathrow is a 20-minute drive from the hotel.

Trains

The closest Tube station is Turnham Green, a five-minute walk away. The District line runs from here into central London. Chiswick rail station is a 20-minute walk. From here, Southwest Trains (www.southwesttrains.co.uk) operates direct services straight into London Waterloo.

Automobiles

A taxi from the centre of town will take around 20 minutes. Lots of buses stop just outside the hotel, heading to and from Hammersmith and Chalk Farm.

Reviews

View Gallery
High Road House – London – UK

Anonymous review

by Lucy Cleland , Country-house connoisseur

‘Ah, you’ve got a very special room,’ said the man on reception mysteriously, as Mr Smith and I checked into High Road House, the Chiswick outpost of Nick Jones’ Soho House empire. ‘Very special’ was reiterated by an elfin?type creature dressed head?to?toe in black, who had appeared at our sides, smiling and rubbing his hands with glee. Very special is good, I t…
Read more

High Road House

Anonymous review by Lucy Cleland, Country-house connoisseur

‘Ah, you’ve got a very special room,’ said the man on reception mysteriously, as Mr Smith and I checked into High Road House, the Chiswick outpost of Nick Jones’ Soho House empire. ‘Very special’ was reiterated by an elfin?type creature dressed head?to?toe in black, who had appeared at our sides, smiling and rubbing his hands with glee. Very special is good, I thought, but I wouldn’t expect anything else from the savvy Mr Jones, and his oft?enlisted interiors whiz, Ilse Crawford. He’s been serving up a cocktail of high style, designer comfort and brasserie food to the media masses in his ‘houses’ for the better part of two decades.

Why our particular room at this London boutique hotel was worthy of fanfare was finally revealed when we made our way to the third floor, took a right down the stripy?purple?carpeted corridor and turned the key of room number nine. It’s a vast, gleaming white space, in which the only splashes of colour are afforded by a yellow wooden chair hanging on a hook and a green cashmere blanket on the bed. We smiled.

After the flash of snow-blindness had cleared, the nuances of the room became apparent. There is a freestanding bedside bath big enough for two (or even three media luvvies, should they so desire) poised at one end, a retro Bush radio discreetly wafting Radio 3 over the airwaves, a large flatscreen TV on a swivel to ensure comfortable aquatic viewing, a king?size bed, piled high with nimbus?like pillows, and two white leather and chrome armchairs. As usual, I scurried to open all the drawers, which are helpfully labelled: ‘teatime’ is stocked with charming miniature Le Parfait jars of hot chocolate; ‘builders’ has teabags, coffee and sugar; ‘tuck box’ is a sweet tooth’s paradise; and ‘cold’ is the minibar, offering two bottles of champagne, fresh milk, Coke, beer and bars of Green & Blacks organic chocolate. I could quite happily have planted myself in the bath, with Mr Smith, the two bottles of champagne and the chocolate. There, we’d flick through the endless Sky channels in a leisurely fashion, only to decamp to the bed hours later, in shrivelly-toed, bathrobed bliss, for room-service comfort food. But it was only 4pm, and such sybaritic behaviour would have to wait.

It’s not surprising that Jones chose Chiswick for one of his ventures. No longer is this West London location the preserve of the posh middle-to-ageing population. It’s still well?heeled of course, but the lush leafy suburb with its attractive houses is also home to younger power couples, with babies in Bill Amberg papooses, wanting their children to have access to good schools and green spaces, musicians, artists, journalists and writers – all of whom are the perfect target audience for the Soho House brand and for the High Road House hotel experience.

Heading outdoors, you’re on Chiswick High Road, which is a notch above most of the city’s high street offerings. The Gourmet Burger Bar is W4’s answer to the golden arches; there are lots of independent shops; and Turnham Green Terrace, just around the corner, is a foodie’s delight – its greengrocer, fishmonger, baker, butcher, chocolatier and deli remind us of the streets of yesteryear, with not a Tesco in sight (that’s back on the High Road). The real find, though, was just next-door: the Old Cinema is an antiques emporium, set out over three floors and full of everything from old postcards and French glassware to vintage fashion and leather armchairs. I clocked up a mental bill of thousands of pounds on our whistle?stop window-shopping tour. Flanking the other side of the hotel’s busy brasserie is the Cowshed shop, selling the raft of Soho House’s on?trend own?brand spa products, a selection of which resides by the bath upstairs. With names such as Saucy Cow, Wild Cow and Cheeky Cow, I couldn’t wait to add something naughty to the waters, putting paid to the mooted idea of an afternoon’s shopping in Richmond. In fact, even a visit to glorious Kew Gardens, just down the river and at our ambling disposal, was gazumped by the draw of a larger?than?life, full-body dunking.

Back upstairs in our hotel room, I had to lure Mr Smith into my enormous bubbly bedroom tub, as he seemed more interested in the lily pad?sized shower head in the bathroom. But, in the end, he couldn’t resist the chance to watch The Pink Panther while wet, so we slopped around and slathered ourselves with the bovine unguents until we noticed it was martini hour.

We debated whether or not to sip our cocktails over a game of pool in the louche?looking, low?lit ‘playroom’, but settled instead for the more glamorous surrounds of the High Road House members’ bar, which better suited my freshly piquant chilli and passion fruit martini. Dinner menus, which change daily, were swiftly brought by the waistcoat?clad staff, so we could linger over the choice of seared scallops with pea purée, or Barnsley lamb chop with spinach?and?anchovy sauce. Three hours later, we were still sitting there, still imbibing and having graduated to ordering wines by the glass. The atmosphere was conducive to slow drinking and fast talking – or was it the other way round? Either way, it seemed the ideal balance for an evening in a boutique hotel bar. Finally, we dragged our fun?fatigued, food-full limbs upstairs and flopped into the bed, large enough to allow us to digest in solitary peace. That smart chap at the start of our stay had it right: it was, very, very special, indeed.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in High Road House's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The bed was extremely comfortable. They had thought of everything in the room – tooth paste, brush, deoderant… even hair straighteners! I liked the lovely range of Cowshed toiletries.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The king-sized bed was so comfy. The shower was amazing. The full sized Cowshed products were super. The hotel provided free coffee, tea and cookies in our room. It was perfect for us.

Don’t expect

We stopped in the brasserie downstairs one night and our seating host was most unfriendly. He was so unpleasant that we didn't go back.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The room was full of individual touches that made it a pleasure to be in.

Don’t expect

I would've liked two bathrobes.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything we could have possibly required was provided in the room, including lots of lovely Cowshed products to use. I liked the very comfortable bed, cool bar, tasty cocktails and great breakfast. We had a great stay.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Great location for access to great shops and restaurants without the dirt and grime of Central London. It's a short walk to Turnham Green Tube station; I liked the awesome breakfast and high-spec room equipment. Even the Tiny Room is a good size with a good bathroom.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the exceptional welcome and attention to detail. This is the first hotel where we were shown to our room and shown the fire exits, etc. Excellent! The room itself is quite tiny but adequate and they make the best of the space by using hooks around the wall. The shower is the best we've seen and is like stepping into the rain. Wonderful Cowshed toiletries to sample and fluffy towels and linen. Will certainly stop again.

Don’t expect

Although not the fault of the hotel we had a room at the front and thus got a lot of noise from the road and from people leaving the pub. If you shut the window the double glazing solves that but then it was too hot. I hated the central heating coming on as I wasn't used to it (from Australia) and it makes my head stuffy.

Rating: 9/10 stars