London, United Kingdom

The Lost Poet

Price per night from$272.02

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 (GBP199.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Dapper Victorian dwelling

Setting

Balladic Portobello

A tiny townhouse in Julia Roberts’ favourite part of London, The Lost Poet is a small-scale celebration of daring design, with fluorescent flashes, bold and beautiful upholstery, and wallpaper that won’t spare your blushes. There are just four rooms, with a narrow Victorian staircase connecting them – two have outdoor space, including the capital’s brightest basement. The show-stopper suite is the Muse, which most Londoners would happily move into. There’s a pub opposite for your daily dose of traditional British chinwags, and plenty more bars and restaurants on your doorstep (as well as a certain market, of course).

Smith Extra

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A Lost Poet tote bag; for guests staying five days or more, a Lost Poet candle

Facilities

Photos The Lost Poet facilities

Need to know

Rooms

Four, including two suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £199.00.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.

Also

Staff are on site between 8am and 6pm, but tech fans can go contactless with app check-ins. And if you can’t find the television, look closer at the paintings on the wall.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, tea and coffee station in reception. In rooms: Nespresso coffee machine with compostable Grind pods, smart TV, Bluetooth speaker, minibar, air-conditioning and Evolve bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each of the four rooms has its own decadent design, with antiques, a signature shade and eye-popping upholstery – but the Muse wins the contest for its bath tub in the bedroom and second-floor sun-room with attached flower-packed terrace. If you don’t fancy climbing the narrow staircase, book the Quarters for easy access to the front door.

Packing tips

This is the kind of stay that will seem more like your own private pad, so feel free to settle in – but draw the line at bringing the kitchen sink.

Also

The Victorian proportions of this pocket-size pad make it tricky to navigate, meaning it’s not accessible for wheelchair users.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are only allowed during hotel buyouts. See more pet-friendly hotels in London.

Children

This is one for full-size Smiths only, except during exclusive-use bookings.

Sustainability efforts

Water is bottled in house in reusable glass bottles, loo roll is recycled (but fancy) and the bath products are refillable; local suppliers are used for the breakfasts.

Food and Drink

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Dress Code

Market magpie.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant, but guests are given a choice of naughty or nice light breakfasts delivered to their room in a canvas bag each morning. Ottolenghi won the unofficial ‘best local pastry’ competition held by the team, and its baked goods are served with butter and jam – with chia pots and granola forming the more saintly option. The staff have created a treasure map of the area, with discounts at various Notting Hill establishments for Lost Poet guests, including at Franklin’s Wine Bar.

Room service

Tea and coffee can be ordered from reception.

Location

Photos The Lost Poet location
Address
The Lost Poet
6 Portobello Road
London
W11 3DG
United Kingdom

The hotel is on one of London’s most famous streets, Portobello Road, in the heart of pastel-property-packed Notting Hill.

Planes

The drive from Heathrow shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes; from both Gatwick and Stansted, allow an hour and 20 minutes. The hotel can arrange transfers, from £40 for two passengers (rising to £100 for a flashier set of wheels).

Trains

It’s less than 10 minutes by car to Paddington station, and Notting Hill Gate tube station is a few minutes away on foot.

Automobiles

You won’t need a car for exploring London, but there are some pay and display bays outside, and a few carparks within a 15-minute walk of the property.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel is on one of the most well-known streets in London, cherished for its antiques, fashion and food market – Portobello’s stalls are open for business every day except Sunday. If you’re enjoying the tea in your room, head to the Bird & Blend store down the road to stock up before you go home.

Local restaurants

The neighbourhood has some of the best restaurants in town, including Clare Smyth’s much-lauded Core, foliage-filled Gold and its stellar small plates, and the legendary Ledbury. Beloved New York brunch spot Sunday in Brooklyn has made its UK debut and, handily, it's right here in Notting Hill. For seriously tasty tacos and Mexican street food, head to Taqueria; and Eat Tokyo may look simple, but its sushi is superb.

Local cafés

For the best baguettes this side of the Eurostar terminal, don’t miss Maison Puget, where you can stockpile award-winning sticks of bread and patisserie classics.

Local bars

Whatever your beverage requirement (well-picked wine, stiff cocktail), Franklin’s Wine Bar on Westbourne Grove has the alcohol units for you. The unmissable (thanks to its yellow paint) Sun in Splendour is a classic British boozer, helpfully located directly over the road.

Reviews

Photos The Lost Poet reviews

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 boutique hotel in London and unpacked their quills and quartets, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside The Lost Poet in Notting Hill

With a hands-off approach to hospitality that doesn’t exclude bending over backwards to meet every guest’s need, the Lost Poet in Notting Hill is a boutique bolthole for fuss-hating lovers of all things authentic and local, who want a discreet den in one of London’s premium postcodes. The townhouse hotel has been created by a studio with a history of revitalising heritage buildings in the area, in this instance preserving the Portobello property’s creaky Victorian staircase and character, while adding some modern magic: nude ladies gracing the walls of one of the bathrooms, a painting of the Princesse de Broglie given a few fluoro flashes and hive-shaped hanging lights. There’s no bar, but you can BYO (especially advisable for guests booking the two-storey Muse suite, who could host sunset soirées on its south-facing terrace). And if you’re wondering if the mislaid namesake poet ever found his way, we’ll leave that to your imagination…

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