London, United Kingdom


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Discreet, distinctive, historic


Insiders' Soho

Part of the considerable charm of Hazlitt's hotel is that, despite its central location, its success is based solely on word-of-mouth recommendations. Spread across three historic Georgian houses, it takes its name from William Hazlitt, the 18th-century essayist who lived there. A slice of old-world England in the middle of slick (and sometimes saucy) Soho, Hazlitt’s is popular with creatives for its sumptuous interiors and cheeky, whimsical attitude. Snuggle up with a book (and the resident cat, Sir Godfrey) in the Library; have tea – or something stronger from the honesty bar – in the Wardrobe, or simply spend all day wallowing in your Victorian-inspired roll-top bath tub: whatever it takes to find your own literary inspiration.

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A bottle of red or white wine if you're staying in a club or superior double, or prosecco if you've booked a deluxe room, junior suite or the Duke of Monmouth.


Photos Hazlitt's facilities

Need to know


30, including three deluxe doubles, two junior suites and one suite.


Noon, but flexible where possible.


Double rooms from £387.00, including tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast. Continental breakfast and freshly baked croissants are available to order.


The hotel has a library where you can pick from a fantastic selection of books (often signed first-editions), before curling up by the fireplace – Sir Godfrey, the resident puss, may deign to join you. There's also the Wardrobe and the Living Room, if you need a little peace and quiet; the Wardrobe can also be used as a meeting room.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout and incredible library. In-room: air-conditioning; a minibar, REN bath products and a flatscreen TV.

Our favourite rooms

Most of the bedrooms have freestanding, clawfoot bath tubs, Victorian bathroom fittings and antique beds. Baron Willoughby, the junior suite, has a carved-oak bed and big roll top bath. Jonathan Swift has a luxurious sofa and a 12-inch shower head. The Duke of Monmouth suite has an outdoor terrace with a retractable roof, and an enormous water-spouting bronze eagle on the edge of the bath.

Packing tips

A volume of William Hazlitt's essays on city life; a quill and pot of ink to write your own.


The hotel are happy to help you sort out flowers and cakes for special occasions.


Extra bed, £30; cots are free. Babysitting on request.

Food and Drink

Photos Hazlitt's food and drink

Dress Code

18th-century finery to match your historic surrounds.

Hotel restaurant

There's no restaurant, but all of Soho's eateries are on your doorstep. For breakfast, order freshly-baked pastries, bacon sandwiches, smoked salmon bagels or berries and granola to you room. You can even have a morning Bucks Fizz (you're on holiday, after all…)

Hotel bar

There's an honesty bar open in the Library all hours, where guests are welcome to entertain friends.

Room service

Order in wholesome British classics like bangers and mash or a hearty pie at any hour of the day.


Photos Hazlitt's location
6 Frith Street, Soho Square
United Kingdom


Heathrow International is 18 miles away, and trains regularly run into London. The hotel can arrange airport transfers for £85. Gatwick International is 30 miles away; hop on a train into central London or arrange a transfer with the hotel for £135.


Hazlitt's is in the middle of Soho, with several Tube stations dotted around – the nearest is Tottenham Court Road (on the Central and Northern line), which is two minutes away. Leicester Square, on the Piccadilly line that goes to Heathrow, is a five-minute walk from the hotel. The nearest overground stations are Charing Cross and Paddington.


The hotel's super-central setting makes bringing a car unwise – stick to your legs, black cabs, buses and the Tube.

Worth getting out of bed for

Hazlitt's is truly a treasure chest for lovers of literature; the hotel's library (and bookshelves dotted around the bedrooms and common parts) hold tome upon tome of classic novels. Many of these are pretty special, as writers who stay there often leave signed copies or first-editions for other guests to enjoy. Particularly magical is Hazlitt's fan JK Rowling's gift of two Harry Potter books, both signed first-editions. There are a few ancient copies of Dickens (as well as Hazlitt himself, of course) on the shelves in the Wardrobe, so-called as it was once used to store aristocrats' valuables like armour and jewellery. It's now a space to curl up and chat with other guests, but can also be used as a modern meeting space. Once you've reached the final chapter, London's most bustling neigbourhoods are on your doorstep: Soho's nightlife, Theatreland, Covent Garden's shops, Trafalgar Square's galleries, the British Museum, Picadilly's lights, Mayfair's well-heeled establishments… If you want to cover a lot of ground in one go – this is your starting point.

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Local restaurants

Hakkasan on Hanway Place is a dark and seductive place where you can dine on excellent Chinese food and sup very powerful, very good cocktails. Perch on a stool in the tiled former-butcher's interior of Randall & Aubin on Brewer Street for seafood or a grill. Dinner at The Ivy on West Street promises showbiz faces among your fellow diners. The real reason to book well in advance, however, is the surprisingly reasonable classic British dishes, served among oak panelling and stained glass. J Sheekey on St Martin's Court is another favourite, specialising in fish and seafood. For a hat trick of excellent Indian eateries, walk to Maddox Street, along which you'll find Lucknow 49, Bombay Bustle and Kanishka. And Sketch on Conduit Street is celebrated for its extravagant, futuristic design, and offers French-fusion, brasserie fare or delicate patisseries in its tearoom.

Local bars

Salvador & Amanda is a tapas bar with DJ on Fridays and Saturdays. Soho is teeming with bars, so set course for its maze of streets to drink till late. Bar Termini, the creation of cocktail maestro Tony Conigliaro, is a good place to start.


Photos Hazlitt's reviews
Scott Manson

Anonymous review

By Scott Manson, Rock-star writer

London’s black-cab drivers are the best in the world: honest, courteous, and trained for five years to know pretty much every street in the Big Smoke. The only trouble with this is that they refuse to admit defeat. In that respect, Hazlitt’s is the cabbie’s nemesis. A small door with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sign means a navigational headache for London’s finest.

‘Hazlitt’s – er, right you are, fella,’ said our cabbie, scratching his head. After a couple of random right and left turns he started the give-us-a-clue game that every driver plays on the rare occasions that they’re stumped by an address. You could almost hear the mental filing-cabinet doors opening and closing. Finally, after a circle of Soho Square and a perfunctory probe down Greek Street, we found Frith Street and the understated entrance to Hazlitt’s. You could see the cabbie studying the sign carefully, burning the boutique hotel’s location into his memory bank.

To be fair to him, few people know of Hazlitt’s. Part of its considerable charm is that, despite its central location, the hotel’s success is based solely on word-of-mouth recommendations. Spread across three historic houses in the heart of Soho, it takes its name from William Hazlitt, the 18th-century essayist who lived there. If few people know the hotel’s address, then fewer still know of its namesake. Mrs Smith and I compared our scant literary knowledge, and decided we really must find out more about this writer sometime – it's only polite seeing as we're staying in his house.

When Hazlitt was scribbling here, there were no lifts, of course. There still aren’t but, fortunately, the plumbing and heating have been recently updated. Despite some necessary modern functionality (including satellite TV and broadband access), the whole place still retains an olde-world charm. From the creaky stairs up to our room to a wonky landing at the top, its tilt the result of 300 years of slowly shifting woodwork, Hazlitt’s offers comfortable, stylish accommodation with an air of quirky elegance.

All the rooms are named after famous writers or famous residents, which, in any other hotel, might be unbearably twee. This place pulls it off. Our room, Jonathan Swift, is named after the writer of Gulliver’s Travels and, true to form, the vast bed made us feel positively Lilliputian when we climbed onto it. The hotel’s owners had the good sense to retain much of the original panelling, and the good taste to furnish it with antiques and period furniture in line with its Georgian grandeur. A beautiful old writing desk sits against one wall, with a bookshelf of yellowing hardbacks adding further literary flourish. Heavy curtains and secondary glazing keep out the bright lights and noise of Soho, but I’d encourage you to keep them open so you can soak up the atmosphere of London’s most vibrant neighbourhood.

A squeal from the bathroom suggested that my lady had just discovered the generous selection of Aveda goodies that was awaiting her. In fact, it was the bathtub that had tickled her fancy – deep enough for two, and fed by brass pipes that looked as though they’d be equally at home in the pump room of a Victorian bathing house. For those less inclined to wallow, an oversized rainfall showerhead provides an eminently satisfying drench.

After our bit of sport with the taxi driver, we thought we’d give the front-desk staff a little work-out too. We wanted a recommendation for a pre-dinner drink, and reservations for two at Hakkasan, London’s hippest restaurant. ‘There’s no way that they’ll sort that out,’ said my partner. In my heart, I had to agree, since there’s usually a week-long waiting list but, hey, what’s the point of reviewing a hotel if you can’t be a little bit difficult? Ten minutes later, the phone rings. It’s the front-desk girl confirming, with just a touch of pride in her voice, that the reservation is secured.

Armed with the knowledge that we’d soon be tucking into Michelin-starred Chinese food, we struck out for a stroll across Soho. Its ‘den of vice’ incarnation firmly in the past, it’s still unpolished enough to have an edge, but generally filled with nice people eating in nice restaurants and being nice to each other.

There’s an overwhelming choice of fine drinking spots, from cute old pubs to spendy cocktail bars and secret members’ clubs. Most of the latter are closed to the casual visitor, but a bit of inside knowledge from our hotel concierge let us know that there was one place that we’d get into: the ever-so-cool Milk and Honey on Poland Street. As we were ushered in and our names crossed off a list (we’re not members but rang beforehand) we had a brief moment of nervous giggling as our eyes adjusted to the low lighting. Once inside, you can see why previous visitors have compared it to an American speakeasy. Jazz plays in the background, the service is fast, and the whole place is just outrageously decadent, from the discreet banquettes to the well-chosen cocktail list.

Several martinis later, we found our way to Hakkasan. It’s another sexy subterranean joint, crammed with beautiful people (and us) eating high-end Oriental cuisine. Think about the best Chinese restaurant you’ve ever eaten at, and then forget it, because it can’t touch this place. We stuck to dim sum and, it has to be said, over-ordered hugely. The giveaway was when we asked the waitress if we’d ordered enough and she started giggling. Space doesn’t permit me to list the lot but you have to try the soft-shell crab, the fried crispy-duck rolls and any of the steamed dim sum dishes. We had every one of the latter, so I can safely recommend all of them.

Back at the hotel, the massive bed gave us a memorable night’s sleep. Perhaps the greatest pleasure came first thing in the morning as we sat by the window and watched Soho awake. It’s a curious thing to see a city come alive from an historic room like this one – the experience wouldn’t have been the same had we been looking out from the window of some centrally located chain hotel. With our first-floor sash window open, we could hear the sound of shop traders exchanging banter, and smell the first coffees of the day being brewed down the street at Bar Italia. We felt part of the city, rather than simply tourists. And that is surely the mark of a special hotel.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hazlitt's’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The whole place just oozes cosiness and warmth.

Don’t expect

Level floors and stairs.


Stayed on 16 Nov 2019

We loved

If you're an enthusiast of classic British accoutrements, there is no place better than Hazlitt's. In the absolute heart of bustling Soho, it thoughtfully nods to the past whilst celebrating its modern-day surrounds. The interiors are beyond belief, with seamless attention to details at every turn. Never have I been so impressed by a bathroom (complete with a throne!) and the common spaces felt like a labyrinth of treasures to discover. Hazlitt's staff were wonderfully accommodating and there was no greater delight than starting the day with a cup of tea, a basket of pastries and a good book in our room's bay window.

Don’t expect

Hazlitt's is a historical gem, with original details including wonky floors and staircases. Honestly, that only endeared me more, but I recognized for other guests that may be disconcerting. We were situated in the back of the building, but if you're in a front-facing room I would assume that it's a little noisy at night. So if you're a light sleeper, be warned.


Stayed on 19 Oct 2019

We loved

The atmosphere and the preserved history.

Don’t expect

Dining is not an option. Rooms on the front of the building are likely to be noisy from street traffic.


Stayed on 26 Jan 2019

We loved

Lovely Georgian building with really cosy rooms and great retro decor. Staff are top notch and really helpful/polite. You are right in the middle of Soho, just down the road from Ronnie Scotts, a short walk to the theatres and Ketners is just round the corner. Last time we stayed, we shared the honesty bar until the small hours, sharing drinks with the bloke that wrote Girls Just Want to Have Fun (there are a lot of media industry companies in the area).

Don’t expect

A restaurant, swimming pool, trouser press or instant coffee and a kettle.


Stayed on 11 Jan 2019

We loved

The elegance of the 18c rooms; the courteous and thoughtful staff; the variety of places (library, bedroom, sitting room) to have breakfast or tea; the perfect location in Soho; the comfortable bed; the small tech touches in the historic environment (USB ports).

Don’t expect

A dining room.


Stayed on 27 Dec 2018

We loved

Convenient Soho location.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet. The rooms are above a night club – the music was shaking the bed and really loud until 2am. No shower either…


Stayed on 23 Oct 2018

We loved

Historic, fun furnishings, service and the wonky stairs. 

Don’t expect



Stayed on 22 Jul 2018

We loved

The true Britishness of the rooms. Fabulously traditional with all the comforts of modern wants and needs.

Don’t expect

Restaurant or 24 hr room service. They're simply not geared up for that; however, you're in the heart of Soho so there are, within a hop, skip and a jump, restaurants galore. Breakfast was fantastic and there is an honesty bar area. 


Stayed on 15 Jul 2018

We loved

Great check in experience. Shown round hotel facilities and room. Complimentary wine delivered promptly to our room. All mod cons in an 18th Century townhouse which is stunning. Rooms are well-equipped and air conditioned. A very cosmopolitan experience in the heart of Soho and all its charms. Balan's Social Cafe on Frith Street is great for breakfast, but the entire area is surrounded by wonderful restaurants, so just go find one and try it out.

Don’t expect

Lifts, space and modern plumbing. Focus on the style and character instead!


Stayed on 28 Jun 2018

We loved

We came to London for celebration of our 10th anniversary. The Hazlitt's may not be luxurious but it is definitely cozy and welcoming. The staff was very helpful friendly and even offered check in at 11 am when the room was available. It is located close to theatres so musicals are just around the corner. The street is full of pubs and restaurants offering different kinds of cuisine. Some said it was noisy at night due to the pubs nearby but we didn't find it a problem at all. We must emphasize the services are impressive. The staff interacted with us like friends rather than in a commercially courteous manner. We have no doubt we will return to the Hazlitt's next time we visit London. Les Miserables at the Queens Threatre, The Ivy for good fish and chips and shepherds pie. The Flat Iron for steak at reasonable price. A whole street of guitar shops nearby. A small sized hospital just around the corner in case of need (my wife is pregnant so it is a good contingency).


Stayed on 1 May 2018