London, United Kingdom

The Laslett

Rates from (ex tax)$165.78

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 (GBP159.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Love thy neighbourhood

Setting

A promenade from Portobello

Don some elaborate plumage: boutique hotel The Laslett is just a drumbeat away from the Notting Hill Carnival route. A demure Victorian façade and elegant dove-grey and red interiors are infused with the neighbourhood’s offbeat charisma by hip British brands and a cast of local legends. These include Le Couilles du Chien’s antiques expert Jerome Dodd and Biba founder-cum-artist Barbara Hulanicki; and the bar’s rum-heavy signature cocktail is a welcome nod to Notting Hill's Caribbean heritage.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

51, including eight suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Early arrivals can store their luggage then relax in the library or coffee shop.

Rates

Double rooms from $166.80 (£133), 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 (GBP159.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

A la carte breakfast options are not included in the room rate.

Also

Need a superlative souvenir? Cast an eye over the jewellery, prêt-à-porter pieces from Les Glorieuses, Couverture & the Garbstore's No Chemicals perfume, oils and candles, and Mrs Miller stockings for sale in the ground-floor boutique.

At the hotel

Library, coffee shop, lounge, boutique, concierge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Samsung LED TV with Sky channels, free use of a Smartphone throughout your stay, a stack of classic Penguin novels, a ‘big bar’ (with full-size bottles, some snacks and London guides), desk and full-size REN bath products.

Our favourite rooms

With walls studded with Barbara Hulanicki and Barry Kamen artwork, and antique objets d’art dotted throughout, the Master Bedroom Suites are larger than your average London hotel room. Some have a day-bed, semi-separate living room (or second bedroom) or dining room, and a metro-tiled bathroom with a generous bath tub and walk-in shower.

Spa

In-room beauty treatments can be arranged and must be booked in advance. Otherwise the concierge can contact one of the many stylish spas nearby. Day passes are available for a local gym (five minutes walk from the hotel), too.

Packing tips

Your Kindle can stay on your bedside table; old-school escapism is covered with a stack of Penguin classics (Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, HG Wells’ War of the Worlds) and more esoteric reads (Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love), in each room. The library by reception has a curated collection of British art and design books too.

Also

Public areas are wheelchair accessible; there’s a ramp entrance at 10 Pembridge Gardens. A Master Bedroom Double and Double room on the lower ground floor (with lift access) and a Double on the ground floor are adapted for guests with mobility issues.

Children

There are no activities or baby kit, but each floor is bookended with large interconnecting rooms, and there’s a dedicated kids’ menu with pasta, veggie dippers, toasties, mini pizzas, brownies and ice cream; highchairs are available too.

Eco‐friendly

The Henderson’s seasonal, organic, fair-trade and locally sourced ingredients tick all eco-friendly boxes.

Food and Drink

Photos The Laslett food and drink

Top Table

Lunch in the peaceful library, or get cosy on a banquette in the Henderson Bar.

Dress Code

A touch carnivalesque. Mrs Smith should invest in one of the chic Les Glorieuses pieces sold in the boutique; Mr Smith could emulate a dandyish Congolese sapeur.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no formal dining room here; the Henderson Bar moonlights as a breakfast room, café and cocktail bar throughout the day, but guests can order at the reception’s food bar and retire to the library, lounge or their room to dine. A buffet of muesli granola and freshly baked pastries and hot dishes – avocado, chilli and lime on sourdough, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon – will tempt you to untangle yourself from the sheets each morning. The Henderson bar has an array of small to slightly-less-small plates from pâté and sausage rolls to smoked-chicken salad and shepherd's pie.

Hotel bar

The Henderson Bar is named after renowned Trinidadian musician Russell ‘Russ’ Henderson, and it’s a well-earned honour: he concocted its rum-laced signature cocktail. These are shaken and stirred alongside a raft of high-end bar snacks (roasted almonds, olives and cheese straws) to accompany the au fait wine and cocktail list.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am. A seasonal menu of small plates is available all day, and guests can spend as long as they like in the bar.

Room service

A breakfast tray laden with cereals, pastries and breads, a natural yoghurt, coffee, tea and cold-pressed juice can be brought to your room. Otherwise take your pick from the rotating lunch, dinner and light bites menu.

Location

Photos The Laslett location
Address
The Laslett
8, Pembridge Gardens Notting Hill
W2 4DU
London
United Kingdom

Planes

From Gatwick Airport (www.gatwickairport.com), hop on the express train to Victoria, then ride the circle line to Notting Hill Gate Tube station. The Heathrow Express (www.heathrowexpress.com) arrives at Paddington, two stops away on the District or Circle lines. A taxi will take about 30 minutes from Heathrow or an hour from Gatwick.

Trains

Notting Hill Gate Tube station is just around the corner. The District, Circle and Central lines pass through, so all corners of London are within reach.

Automobiles

London’s Tube system may befuddle first-timers, but it’s less bewildering than navigating the traffic-swollen streets. If you must drive, there are Avis car-hire booths at both airports, but there’s no parking at the hotel. Guests can leave their car at the Q-Park on Queensway (www.q-park.co.uk), a 10-minute walk away, for £26 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Notting Hill’s legendary gatherings and offbeat boutiques will coax you from your lie-in. The district is coloured in brighter strokes than the eponymous Richard Curtis film; grand dame townhouses have a lick of carnival-coloured paint, and petite gardens and characterful old-school pubs punctuate meandering streets. Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road are lined with petite cafés and high-street wonders such as Anya Hindmarch, Smythson and famed designer-label den Matches, interspersed with independent institutions. It’s touristy and trashy in parts, but Portobello Market’s stalls are still worth rummaging through for antique doohickeys, hand-made wearables, toys and trinkets; and you can weave in and out of designer boutiques, vintage shops and one-off pop-ups. With corsetry from What Katy Did, Sixties-inspired mens’ tailoring at Adam of London and cute-as-a-button kids’ wear from Sasti: the Portobello Green Arcade (+44 (0)20 8960 2277) peddles serious designer wares. The Electric Cinema (+44 (0)20 7908 9696) has super-comfortable leather armchairs, and theatre company the Print Room (+44 (0)20 3642 6606) has taken over historic cinema the Coronet. William and Kate’s gaff, Kensington Palace (+44 (0)84 4482 7777), is a 10-minute walk away, flanked by pretty gardens – stop for afternoon tea in the Orangery, then roam through Kensington High Street. On August bank holiday each year, the streets become a flurry of feathers and sequins as the Notting Hill Carnival’s parades kick off street parties till late.

Local restaurants

The Laslett’s delectable dining falls just shy of a three-course offering, but Notting Hill’s restaurant scene revels in the area’s diversity and artisan goodies. If you're enamoured of the breakfast offering, Sally Clarke's restaurant, Clarke's (+44 (0)20 7221 9225), is a 10-minute walk away, serving hearty Brit fare. Expect high-quality ingredients such as barrel-aged feta, Devonshire crab and home-made foie gras, but leave room for fruity galettes, summery sorbets and rich chocolate desserts. Michelin-star-decorated eatery The Ledbury (+44 (0)20 792 9090, 127 Ledbury Road) has a lobster and pheasant-laced tasting menu by talented chef Brett Graham. Close by, London’s only Danish restaurant, Snaps + Rye (+44 (0)20 8964 3004), elevates humble smørrebrød (open sandwiches) to artistic heights. Its weekend brunch is crowd drawing, the liquorice ice-cream palate-cleansing and the Fish Friday four-course set menu is a super Scandi feast.

Local cafés

Egg Break (+44 (0)20 3535 8300), on Uxbridge Street, is a quirky eatery where all dishes contain – well, you guessed it. Dishes such as buns filled with a fried egg, pork belly and sriracha mayonnaise keep the humble ingredient on its toes.  Similarly themed, albeit more diverse, Farm Girl, on Portobello Road, has a tempting brunch and light-lunch menu. 

Local bars

Westbourne Grove wine bar Negozio Classica (+44 (0)20 7034 0005) serves an excellent selection of vintages, inluding bottles from its Tuscan vineyard Avignonesi. Wine-tasting sessions and a menu of delectable Italian light bites make this a sophisticated evening venue.

Reviews

Photos The Laslett reviews

Anonymous review

It’s not often one gets to stay in a hotel in your own city, but a ‘staycation’ was in store for us as we ventured across London from east to west. Once we’d popped back up above ground from Notting Hill tube station, the five townhouses that have been merged effortlessly into the Laslett hotel were only a literal stone’s throw away.

Once beyond the grand Victorian facade, we were immediately greeted by smiles from the receptionist and the beaming enthusiasm of the manager. He showed us to our room, a Master Double on the top floor. After a quick once-round of what’s what, he was gone, leaving us to flop after our, er, terribly exhausting journey.

We undertook our usual arrival rituals, principally checking the comfort of the bed and the squish of the pillows and a quick scan of the bathroom products. The super-king-size bed met with our approval, tempting me into a pre-dinner slumber while Mrs Smith languished in the bath with various Neal’s Yard delights to hand. 

Once I managed to reopen my eyes, they darted around the room scanning the decor (when you work in the design industry, it’s hard to turn it off). This is a place that has sidestepped the urge to be ‘hip’ and ‘on trend’, favouring instead a style that you might call ‘classic contemporary’. Opting for a muted colour palette of various shades of grey (I couldn’t count fifty), the result is calming and decidedly non-confrontational. A few choice items of 20th-century British furniture grace the room, and colour is injected through various artworks by local artists adorning the walls.

After a quick spruce up, we were ready for a drink at the small bar downstairs; our twin glasses of champagne and assortment of nuts, olives, and so on provided welcome sustenance for the evening ahead. We flirted with the idea of dining in, but a quick glance at the menu suggested a rather casual affair – great if you’re exhausted or dining alone – but we used it as a stepping stone to explore the eateries nearby. 

There’s something rather romantic about strolling the back streets of Notting Hill, voyeuristically glancing through the windows of grand homes. We snaked through to Portobello Road about five minutes away and settled on the cosy French-American cuisine of Electric Diner, which was buzzing but not hectic on a Sunday night.

With that end-of-the-weekend feeling, we headed back to the hotel and skipped the nightcap; an early night beckoned. It was then that the true extent of the bed’s comfort became apparent as I tried and failed to read. Despite the steps-from-the-station location, it was surprisingly quiet – we both had a sound night’s sleep. 

Mrs Smith was up and out early, heading to work on a bright Monday morning; the hotel’s staff fixed her a quick breakfast for her as she made her way out into the bustle of rush hour. I, on the other hand, chose to languish a little longer in bed, being one of those self-employed ‘I can work anywhere with my laptop’ types, so I enjoyed the morning sun pouring into the room before getting up and heading to breakfast. I’m seldom firing on all cylinders first thing and often struggle with too-much-choice syndrome at a breakfast buffet but, thankfully, here the display was pleasingly minimal but had everything I might want – fruit, yoghurt, muesli, pastries and cooked dishes, all made from British-sourced ingredients of good quality.

Satisfied, I continued with my day, taking in a walk of the area and some of its shops, which are decidedly upmarket with an emphasis on fashion. It has to be said, in the bright sunshine, the local architecture comes alive – the painted white facades gleaming against the blue sky while others are awash with vivid colours. The area might have undergone major gentrification since the scruffy bohemian days when the Notting Hill Festival was started by Rhaune Laslett (after whom the hotel was named) but there’s no denying its inherent beauty today. 

I strolled back to the hotel in the afternoon and perched in the library by the lobby to attempt some work. Shortly after, Mrs Smith rejoined me and we repeated our drink/snack ritual before heading out for dinner at a friend’s nearby. 

Later on, flopping back into bed for our last night, we reflected. Here is a place that feels smart yet personal, is comfortable in scale, homely and calming in atmosphere, and offers everything a traveller is looking for without the fanfare and embellishment found elsewhere. Most importantly, the service is first class: personable but professional. Perhaps we should staycation more often…

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 The Laslett’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The hotel was wonderful all around. Great location. loved the design and look of the hotel. Room was very comfortable. The service was fantastic. Loved the Farmacy for great vegan/veg meals.

Don’t expect

A crazy late night party scene. Very low key, sophisticated vibe.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Jan 2017

We loved

The hotel room, design, decoration. It feels like a cosy home residence/apartment. Service is good. I didn't expect the Master Bedroom to be huge with extra attention to details like the satellite radio, bath tub, a nice bar space for in-room dining.

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Stayed on 15 Dec 2016

We loved

The atmosphere. It was modern but still warm and welcoming.

Don’t expect

The other hotel guests to be all smiles. This didn't seem to be the place that you go to be social and make new friends. At least the day/evening we were there the other patrons were not interested in noticing that there were other people around. Perfect place if you're looking for some quiet privacy!

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Stayed on 30 Nov 2016

We loved

The staff - always welcoming and on hand to help. Marianne's was literally the most amazing restaurant we have been to - a real treat!

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Stayed on 25 Nov 2016

We loved

It's a home in town and not a hotel. Perfect. Ideally located for enjoying both Kensington and Notting Hill areas.

Don’t expect

CNN and HBO or Amazon and Netflix.

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Stayed on 20 Oct 2016

We loved

The closeness to tube and Hyde park, but it was still very quiet and calm. The staff were incredibly nice, and the space was really well designed. Polpo is a great Italian very nearby.

Don’t expect

Pool or outdoor space.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Sep 2016

We loved

The location: a minute's walk from Notting Hill Gate tube, on a quiet side street. The Neale's Yard products were a really nice touch in the bathroom, and the Big Bar in your room will wow you! 10/10

Don’t expect

Huge rooms. It's a townhouse in London; even in the suites the room sizes weren't particularly large.

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Stayed on 20 Jul 2016

We loved

Simply Excellent Town House Hotel

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Stayed on 19 Jul 2016

We loved

The design features of the hotel. We ate at Granger and Co for dinner and breakfast both of which were fantastic. The restaurant is about a 7-8 minute walk from the hotel. Kensington Gardens are very close also, and lovely. 

Don’t expect

Parking

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Stayed on 21 Jun 2016

We loved

The position

Don’t expect

To be disappointed

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Stayed on 26 May 2016

We loved

The master double room was a modern and stylish room. A great location for shopping and restaurants in Notting Hill. The staff were very friendly and helpful (helped me get a meter parking space outside the hotel).

Don’t expect

A cheap breakfast!

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Stayed on 17 May 2016

We loved

The design details - and the asparagus fern adorning the reception and shared areas. Bathroom (including robes) were also fantastic. Recommend Ottolenghi on Ledbury Road...incredible array of vegetarian delights

Don’t expect

To get a cheap coffee

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Stayed on 14 May 2016

We loved

The location. Love to go for a walk around the hotel and see the beautiful, colorful houses. Notting Hill area is like a little oasis in London.

Don’t expect

Excessive pampering

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Stayed on 4 May 2016

We loved

We loved everything about the Laslett. The location; the staff; the room; the styling; the service; the food; the drinks; and the atmosphere - it was all absolutely perfect. The Laslett just oozes cool, whilst being friendly, welcoming, and totally relaxed. If you are looking for the perfect hotel, in the ideal location to enjoy West Central London, then you MUST stay at the Laslett.

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Stayed on 16 Apr 2016

We loved

The room was meticulous. Every detail was carefully created and captured within the space. The room was really fantastic!

Don’t expect

No music in the rooms, and everything in the room is for sale – paintings, massage oils, water, toiletries etc.

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Stayed on 16 Jan 2016

We loved

Spacious room, fabulous bathroom, great interior design, yummy breakfast, and great cocktails!

Don’t expect

A huge menu in the restaurant, though what they have is great.

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Stayed on 1 Jan 2016

We loved

Location.

Don’t expect

Coffee machines.

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Stayed on 5 Dec 2015

We loved

The service, the decor and how welcome they made us feel. Always going the extra mile. (Including a half bottle of Verve - thank you!)

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Stayed on 26 Nov 2015

We loved

Everything - the staff were wonderful - service exceptional from start to finish. I felt very well looked after in what was a busy two days in London for work.

Don’t expect

To be let down!

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Stayed on 26 Nov 2015

We loved

The rooms beds were super comfortable and clean!

Don’t expect

Big rooms. (It's a city hotel, after all.)

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Stayed on 22 Nov 2015

We loved

The hotel design rooms. Eight out of 10.

Don’t expect

A proper breakfast. We couldn't give full marks as there is no proper breakfast as such (pastries etc.) The staff recommended walking to some nearby places. For a hotel of this price I personally expect a cooked breakfast. You can have a coffee but a latte costs £4.50. 

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Stayed on 28 Sep 2015

We loved

The little touches like the books in the bedroom, the comfortable dressing gowns and the incredible breakfast which was taste-bud-dancingly good.

Don’t expect

Much communal space or places to chill out other than your bedroom. The bedrooms are fairly small but super comfortable.

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Stayed on 12 Sep 2015

We loved

Hotel reception, the staff, the house cocktails and the amazing bathroom!

Don’t expect

Mainstream hotel bar, reception or bathrooms!

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Stayed on 10 Sep 2015

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