London, United Kingdom

High Road House

Price per night from$171.22

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP137.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Cool members’ club outpost

Setting

Boulevard in the ’burbs

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 cool card-holders’ 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.

Please note, if you are not a Soho House member, to access this members-only property a 12-month Soho Friends membership will be added to your booking for £100. This membership covers one room a stay for the member and any additional rooms booked for their children under 18.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

14.

Check–Out

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

Prices

Double rooms from £165.00, including tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast, from £5.

Also

A Soho Friends membership (which will be added to non-member room rates for an additional £100) is a global membership that gives you access to Soho House bedrooms, plus benefits at spas, restaurants, Cowshed, Studios and Soho Home. Please note, Soho Friends membership does not give you direct access to the Club, and only covers the room booked and any additional rooms for children under 18; additional rooms booked for guests aged 18 and over will be charged the membership fee for each room. If you have purchased a Soho Friends membership through Mr & Mrs Smith within the past year, please call our travel team directly to book your Soho Friends member rates. Please note, existing Soho House members should book directly through Soho House as Mr & Mrs Smith cannot offer their membership discount.

At the hotel

Club lounge, small Cowshed boutique, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Roberts radio, minibar with pre-mixed house cocktails, bathrobes, hair-straightener, 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.

Also

The hotel occupies the top two floors of a building that also houses the renowned High Road Brasserie, as well as a small Cowshed shop at reception.

Children

The clubby atmosphere isn’t conducive to child-entertaining, but under-18s can visit on weekends until 6pm – the brasserie has a dedicated kids’ menu. An extra bed can be added to certain rooms for £50 a night.

Sustainability efforts

It’s reassuring to know that Soho House are working to deliver an environmental impact strategy across their sites. With 2030 goals set to enhance and standardise recycling programmes and responsible food-waste management at every outpost of the member’s club globally. They also work with local suppliers selected for their like-minded responsibility. In the kitchen, there’s scrutiny around how Soho House sources coffee, cocoa and palm oil, as well as sustainable seafood and responsibly reared meat. Expect greater choice of meat-free dishes and seasonal ingredients whenever practical. Measures to assess Soho House’s carbon footprint and reduce emissions are ongoing.

Food and Drink

Photos High Road House food and drink

Top Table

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

Dress Code

The fashionable end of smart casual.

Hotel restaurant

On the lower level, there’s the High Road Brasserie. Set on the site of the former Foubert’s Hotel, it has art deco detailing and a vintage brass-and-marble bar, plus a terrace from which you can watch the well-heeled denizens of Chiswick. The menu is full of European classics: confit duck with cassoulet, pork chops with mustard and apple sauce, moules frites, croque monsieur, escargots… And the ribeye- and rotisserie-chicken-loaded grill will keep carnivores happy. There are also extensive breakfast and brunch offerings and a stonking Sunday roast. Upstairs at the House has all‑day dining, from breakfast at 7am until wee‑hour snacks at the weekend, and a bar. You could have breadcrumbed scallops in herb butter, mac and cheese with scamorza and parmesan, brick chicken with datterini tomatoes and basil, or a range of burgers – and plant-based and vegetarian options sprout up throughout. 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). And at the brasserie, the house specials include the enticing Oaxacan Lady with mezcal, peach liqueur, passionfruit and cucumber soda; while the house tonics include a mule with a kick and an Eastern Standard with very chilled vodka or gin with lime or mint. Plus there are smoothies, well-conceived alcohol-free cocktails and pressed juices for abstainers.

Last orders

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

Room service

Dine in-room from 8am to 10pm, Sunday to Wednesday; till 11pm, Thursday to Saturday.

Location

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

High Road House sits along Chiswick's genteel High Street in leafy West London.

Planes

London Heathrow is the closest, just a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Luton and Gatwick are both about 90 minutes away, and Stansted is the furthest, just under two hours by car.

Trains

Those arriving via the Eurostar can just jump on the Piccadilly line to Turnham Green, which is five minutes from the hotel on foot. From the other direction, Heathrow is also a few stops away on the Piccadilly line. The Gatwick Express arrives at Victoria Tube station on the District Line, which also travels straight to Turnham Green, and Chiswick rail station is a 20-minute walk.

Automobiles

Londoners rarely drive for a reason: traffic is knotty, parking is sparse, pedestrians do what they want – take your pick. So, you won’t need a car. 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, and the Tube lines you’re close to (District and Piccadilly) will take you through and around London with ease.

Worth getting out of bed for

Lazybones can potter across to Turnham Green, just opposite; alternatively, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are only two stops away on the District Line (or a short cab ride). Things take an even more cultured turn to the south, where there’s genteel 18th-century residence Chiswick House and its Italianate gardens, and the former home of William Hogarth, who depicted London scenes warts-and-all. More decorous is the beautifully turned out home of artist and photographer Emery Walker. In Hammersmith, just along the road, there are various gig and theatre venues: the Eventim Apollo, the Lyric, and Olympia London. And, take the Tube west for riverside strolls in Richmond or deer sightings in its expansive park. Closer to your home-from-home, be sure to stop into the Old Cinema, a shop filled with vintage curios next door to the hotel.

Local restaurants

Seek out Parisian‑style bistro Le Vacherin and luxe French restaurant La Trompette, both of which serve glorious gallic fare. Smith favourite Sam’s Riverside, just down the road in Hammersmith, has a menu with the ideal balance of delicate artful eats (a fan of scallop carpaccio with rainbow radishes, chilli, coconut and lime; lemon sole with leeks and potted-shrimp butter) and decadent dishes (devilled kidneys with dripping toast, Westcombe cheddar soufflé, Devon lobster and crab roll). And spice things up in W6 with a tastebud‑tantalising thali at Indian Zing on King Street; the pork vindaloo and duck chettinad also pack a flavourful punch.

Local cafés

There are plenty of places to pick up a coffee or croissant on Chiswick High Road – try Gail’s or rustic Tamp Coffee.

Local bars

Have a pint in the relaxed and friendly Roebuck, just minutes away from the hotel on Chiswick High Road. Their Sunday roasts aren't to be sniffed at, either. And, despite its name No 197 Chiswick Fire Station is actually rather serene, with high ceilings and all-white interiors. All the favourites are served – Aperol Spritz, Dark and Stormy, Paloma – but we feel rather partial to the Mrs Smith, a non-alcoholic drink with Seedlip, passionfruit and lemon juice. 

Reviews

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Lucy Cleland

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. 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’, stocked with charming miniature Le Parfait jars of hot chocolate; 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 Apple TV offerings 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 Kitchen 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 whistlestop 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 ‘picante de la casa’ with tequila, chilli, coriander and lime. Dinner menus, which change daily, were swiftly brought by the waistcoat-clad staff, so we could linger over the choice of sea bream with cider and samphire or confit duck with cassoulet. 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.

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