London, United Kingdom

Henrietta Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$213.55

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP200.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Literary heir

Setting

Cornering the London market

Henrietta Hotel’s heart of Covent Garden setting makes us want to jump on our soap box and bellow about its blessings. One: glamorous Gallic designer Dorothée Mellichzon, who picked the palette of ‘bobby’ and baby blues and stage-rouge pink in rooms – and the neoclassical-style headboards. Two: the duo of drink historians – unmatched in their knowledge of alco-trivia – behind the characterful cocktail menu. Three: Ollie Dabbous’ Michelin-recognised fine dining. And four: the Experimental Cocktail Club’s flair for the fabulous (and in-room bar setup). We’re a little hoarse already and there's so much more to shout about…

 

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Two free cocktails from the minibar a stay and VIP access to the Experimental Cocktail Club's bars

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

18, including one suite.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $213.55 (£167), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP200.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not usually include the à la carte breakfast of pastries, muesli, fruit, juices and eggs any-way.

Also

The hotel and the street it sits on have an impressive creative heritage; 17th-century painter Samuel Scott and actress Kitty Clive were one-time neighbours, and Henrietta Hotel’s main house was once the office of left-wing publisher Victor Gollancz, who greenlit work by raconteurs such as George Orwell, Kingsley Amis and John Le Carré.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV; Revo sound system; Nespresso coffee machine with Cru Kafe capsules; Russell and Hobbs kettle; minibar with local goodies, including pre-mixed Experimental Cocktail Club drinks; bottled water; bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The top-floor Grand Henrietta suite has that most coveted of London prizes: a just-big-enough-for-two balcony with a partial view of the London Eye. The bathroom also has a romantic claw-foot bath tub. Room sizes are generous for London hotels, even the cosiest categories have a two-person shower and his-and-hers sinks, but book a deluxe Henrietta room for a little sitting area to socialise and clink cocktails in.

Packing tips

Pack light – Covent Garden is renowned for its superlative high-street, high-end and independent shops, so it’s likely you’ll return home laden with souvenirs – mostly for yourself.

Also

There’s a lift to four of the five floors and some of the larger rooms allow for wheelchair access. The Covent Garden room under the eaves on the fifth floor is a little more intimate than others.

Children

All ages are welcome but there’s little entertainment for junior Smiths on-site. The larger category rooms are the best option for small families. Babysitting is available for £20 an hour (must be booked two days in advance).

Food and Drink

Photos Henrietta Hotel food and drink

Top Table

Nab a perch by the open kitchen and watch Dabbous’ team beaver industriously away.

Dress Code

Don a Channel-straddling ensemble of French and Brit labels.

Hotel restaurant

Henrietta has secured hot culinary property Ollie Dabbous to devise its restaurant menu. New arrivals walk straight into the convivial hubbub of the ground-floor bar, beyond which guests dine on simple, seasonal British fare, which – like your chic navy and terracotta surroundings – is a little bit French in style. The menu strikes a new chord in gastro-hub Covent Garden – reading it feels like a walk through a fresh summer meadow or along a winding coastal path: beef tartare is served with nasturtium, barbecued quail with toasted wheat and clover, and grilled mackerel with cockles and lovage. Handmade chocolate truffles and cherry-blossom ice-cream will entice you to stay for pudding, and if you're staying the night, the 15-minute wait for freshly baked madeleines will be no problem at all. To the back lies the open kitchen, where guests can watch Dabbous’ team create and cook.  

 

Hotel bar

Backed by the Experimental Cocktail Club, the hotel’s drinks list is as theatrical as the musical numbers in nearby Theatreland. Drink historians – yes, it’s a thing – Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller (the brains behind slurpable Sipsmith gin) have looked to the hotel and neighbourhood’s storied past to inspire their quirky cocktail list. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 10.30am, lunch from 12 noon to 2.30pm, and dinner from a pre-theatre friendly 6pm until 10pm.

Room service

Available night and day, expect a similarly Gallic-influenced, seasonal, in-room menu.

Location

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Address
Henrietta Hotel
14-15 Henrietta St
London
WC2E 8QH
London
United Kingdom

Planes

London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, the arrival points for international flights from all over the world, are both an hour’s drive away. Call Smith24 to book international flights or hotel transfers.

Trains

Covent Garden and Charing Cross Tube stations are both within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The Heathrow Express zips passengers to Paddington in 15 minutes; from there, ride the Bakerloo Line to Charing Cross. The Gatwick Express pulls into Victoria Station after a 30-minute journey; from there hop on the Tube to Covent Garden. If you’re visiting London for a while, invest in an Oyster Card and nab a Tube map for easy Underground navigating.

Automobiles

The joy of parading around London is coming across lesser-known restaurants and quirky backstreet bars; driving can be a stressful affair, and parking even more so… If your legs start to tire, the Tube will swiftly carry you from A-to-B. If you arrive by car, the nearest charged parking is at the NCP, a 10-minute walk away.

Worth getting out of bed for

Most Londoners would give their stiff upper lip to live this close to Covent Garden. Those with a penchant for purchasing could spend days in the boutiques laid out around the market, along Neal Street, Long Acre and beyond; high-street brands and high-end wares are well represented; groomed gents should sweep Henrietta Street for Fred Perry shirts, hand-lasted Cheaney brogues, vintage Japanese denim from The Real McCoy’s and authentic military jackets from Nigel Cabourn. Ladies can buy Burberry trenches, Jo Malone scents, Aesop lotions and Urban Decay make-up on King Street, which runs parallel. Neal Street is lined with quirkier boutiques and Neal’s Yard is home to the equally fragrant (for very different reasons) Neal’s Yard Remedies and Neal’s Yard Dairy – both excellent souvenir stops. The London Transport Museum is an intriguing look at the thing Londoners love to grumble about, and the London Film Museum has an array of intriguing celluloid artefacts. Come evening, it’s showtime in Theatreland; take your pick of musicals, comedies, dramas and more – some starring bona fide celebs – in Covent Garden’s myriad theatres: The Lyceum, Cambridge, Aldwych, Wyndham’s, the Garrick… boards are always being trodden somewhere.

Local restaurants

We’re sure Dabbous has the cojones to win over Covent Garden’s hungry punters, but competition is admittedly stiff; the Henrietta Hotel sits within an orbit of London’s best restaurants. For just-so steak hit Flat Iron next door; for fine Brit fare, the Ivy Market Grill is a few doors down (the restaurant’s noted flagship is just a five-minute walk away); for oysters every which way (try them grilled), and a host of other seafood specials, see the genial hosts at The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen over the road; and romantic French eatery Clos Maggiore is in the next street. Lauded Indian restaurant Dishoom, 18th-century dining institution Rules; iconic French dining spot Le Garrick; fine African fare at The Barbary; beloved seafood stop J Sheekey and the Seven Dials outpost of top-drawer steakhouse Hawksmoor all require minimal effort to reach. Still hungry? Brilliant burger joint MeatLiquor and ritzy Italian Margot are a short wander away, brunching spot Christopher’s, well-regarded Italian Polpo, Balthazar, Native, Barrafina, Frenchie… We really could go on and on. The bottom line is: you’re unlikely to go hungry here.

Local cafés

There’s a clutch of chain cafes close by the hotel: Caffe Nero, Paul’s bakery… Walk a little further for a better cup of joe – Monmouth Coffee, Notes and Coffee Island all fill their cups with much better beans. For light lunches, try the healthy Wild Food Cafe in Neal’s Yard.

Local bars

Bursting at the seams with must-try restaurants, Covent Garden’s a little lighter on write-home-about bars. It has some solid old-school pubs: Lamb & Flag is an ancient pub with a warm welcoming ambience, unlike back in the day when it was the domain of drunk bare-knuckle fighters. Porterhouse is more modern, but nonetheless cosy, given a spot of sparkle by polished-copper knick-knacks. Our top tip is to swoop down the Strand and along Villiers Street to join the thirsty throng at Gordon’s Wine Bar. Or experience the Gallic surliness of the server behind the counter at the oldest wine bar in London, Le Beaujolais.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this city-centre hotel in Covent Garden and unpacked their playbills, and lotions and handmade cheeses from Neal’s Yard, a full account of their Theatreland break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's the plot synopsis of Henrietta Hotel in London…

Housed in a pair of townhouses – one classical and cream-hued, the other, Dutch-Anglo redbrick, both the sort of place Londoners fantasise about living in – just a hop-skip from Covent Garden’s market square, Henrietta Hotel will be your remarkably central home-from-home in London’s beating heart. Its main house was once the office of noted left-wing publisher Victor Gollancz, who greenlit work by radicals Kingsley Amis and George Orwell, so it’s suitably set for modern salons.

This is the Experimental Cocktail Club’s first London venture, and they’ve assembled a dream team to secure a hit. Designer Dorothée Mellichzon – still paint-flecked from decorating the group’s très belle Grand Pigalle Hotel in Paris – has flown in to add Gallic swagger: moulded headboards resembling the Italianate market hall’s pediment, bold brushstroke signage and a palette of navy, blush and sky-blue. Noted eccentrics, Sipsmith gin-distillers and drink historians Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller are conjuring up the cocktail menu, which reads as a compendium of the house and street’s characters, And, chef-of-the-moment, Ollie Dabbous has dabbled in the menu. So, when can we check in already? 

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 Henrietta Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The room, bathroom and location. Great location, near some popular tourist sites...went for a run in the area and it was lovely!

Don’t expect

Consistent lovely service at the bar; not overly warm or friendly.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jul 2017

We loved

Location and boutique nature of the hotel. Fab bar and cocktails. Friendly staff and great service. Lobos is a great tapas bar nearby.

Don’t expect

A large restaurant.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Jun 2017

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